A skilled nonprofit manager, Beth has been executive director of the Community Design Collaborative since 2001. She has guided the Collaborative’s growth from a single full-time employee to a staff of six and launched Infill Philadelphia, an initiative that uses design, community engagement, and strategic partnerships to address urban infill development. An unapologetic urban enthusiast. Beth currently serves on Center/Architecture + Design Board and the Plan Philly Advisory Committee. Beth also recently served on the Philadelphia City Planning Commission (2011-2016). Beth holds a Masters in Government Administration from the Fels School of Government at the University of Pennsylvania and a BA in the Growth and Structure of Cities from Bryn Mawr College.
Heidi is a registered architect with more than 25 years of design and project management experience. She oversees the Collaborative’s design services, volunteer placement, and volunteer management. Before joining the Collaborative staff in 2001, she was senior project architect with Kling and Wallace Roberts & Todd LLC. She is an advisory board member of the Citizens Planning Institute and an active volunteer with Julia R. Masterman School, Temple Beth Zion Beth Israel, Brandeis University, and University of Pennsylvania Varsity Gymnastics. Heidi earned a Master of Architecture from Syracuse University and a BA in Psychology from Brandeis University.
Robin is a registered architect with more than 20 years of experience in design and project management. Since 2010, she has managed Collaborative design services and educational programs to support neighborhood economic development and commercial corridor revitalization in Philadelphia. Previously, Robin was owner’s representative for Independence Charter School’s building relocation project and an architect with Bohlin Cywinski Jackson. She is an active volunteer with the SOSNA Grays Ferry Triangles Committee and the CCRA Education and Family Programming Committee. A founder of the Collaborative, she received a Bachelor’s of Architecture from Carnegie Mellon University.
Linda is a certified city planner with over 25 years of experience in community planning and outreach. Originally a volunteer with the Collaborative and on staff since 2001, Linda manages communications and educational services to raise public awareness about the Collaborative’s work and mission. Previously, she served as a community planner with the Philadelphia City Planning Commission and continues to be an advocate for special needs housing, historic preservation, and community gardening. Linda earned a Master of City and Regional Planning from Rutgers University and a BS in Architecture from the University of Virginia.
Jeanette is a new Philadelphian exploring the city through the eyes of community design. She is interested in the relationships between communities and their physical environments, how they shape our possibilities and create new ones. Originally from North Georgia, Jeanette graduated from Georgia State University in 2014 with a degree in Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies, and a Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership.