the Neighborhood Design Center

Who We Are

Architects. Urban Planners. Social Designers. Artists. Community Organizers. Neighbors. The NDC family is big, diverse, and connected by a love of place.

Board of Directors

We are passionate neighborhood advocates with a range of skills and experience. We have big dreams for the built environment.

Garrick Good, North East Housing Initiative, NDC Board President

Lauren Wilson, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, NDC Board Vice President

David Park, National League of Cities, NDC Board Treasurer

Kelly Danz, Ziger/Snead Architects, NDC Board Secretary

Michael Bainum, Rebuild Metro

Alexa Bertinelli, Civil Justice, Inc.

Bobby Boone, And Access

Sonja Ewing, The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission

María Isabel García Díaz, Baltimore Mayor's Office of Performance & Innovation

Tracy Gosson, Sagesse, Inc.

Tanya Gunn, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

Jen Horton, Johns Hopkins University Center for Government Excellence

Maisie Hughes, Senior Director of Urban Forestry at American Forests and Co-Founder The Urban Studio

Rebecca Murphy, RCM Strategic Consulting

Dahlia Nduom, Howard University, Department of Architecture

Caitlin O'Hara, Urban Designer + Planner

Melanie Ray, Hord Coplan Macht

Randy Sovich, AIA, RM Sovich Architecture, Inc.

Ben Stone, Smart Growth America

Heidi Thomas, EnviroCollab

Jennifer S. Vey, Metropolitan Policy Program

Dustin Watson, inPLACE Design

Amber Wendland, AICP, Ayers Saint Gross

Staff

With decades of experience, the NDC team brings design chops, focused listening, and an abiding commitment to participatory design to each project.


Angelica Arias

Project Coordinator
Prince George's County Office
aarias@ndc-md.org

Angelica is a recent graduate from the University of Maryland, College Park. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture and a minor in Construction Project Management. Angelica’s interests include anything that allows her to open up her inner creativity, and going on adventures. Angelica wants to continue her education to pursue her master’s in Architecture and Community Planning and design. She was excited to intern at NDC in summer 2021 to continue learning about community-engaged design and using equitable design methods to help shape the built environment of our local communities! Angelica then joined our team as a full time staff member in September.

Collin Breidenbach

Forestry Technician
Prince George’s County Office
cbreidenbach@ndc-md.org
(443) 934-3998

Collin is the Forestry Technician for the Neighborhood Design Center’s community urban forestry program. He is a graduate of McDaniel College with a degree in Environmental Policy & Management. Collin has experience with ecosystem restoration, forestry work and environmental education. Collin possesses knowledge of regional ecosystems and native flora and fauna. He is also passionate about environmental justice and is excited to use his skill set to bring equitable tree planting initiatives to Prince George's County, by way of community engagement. In his spare time Collin enjoys hiking, running,
and fishing the many waterways of Maryland.

Karla Brent

Project Coordinator
Baltimore City Office
kbrent@ndc-md.org
(410) 472-5122

Holding an architect license in the state of Maryland, Karla is developing the Arts Space Technical Assistance program at NDC. She offers guidance to local artists and arts groups in defining their spatial needs while also complying with life safety code. Her passion to uplift underserved communities began at Norwich University where she received her Masters of Architecture. In her thesis, Karla studied informal settlements and how water infrastructure can be constructed and implemented into communities without using heavy machinery. Outside of work, Karla can be found roller skating anywhere that she won’t get yelled at for it.

Jackie Clinton-Harris

Operations Manager
Baltimore City and PGC Office
jharris@ndc-md.org
(443) 943-0499

Jackie is the Operations Manager supporting NDC in human resources, technology, office management, and accounting. She has a dual Master's in Innovation Management from IAE - Aix en Provence, France, and North Carolina State University. She is passionate about evaluating and improving systems from a human-centered approach. In her free time, you can find Jackie exploring local hidden gems or relaxing near a large body of water. 

Julia DiMauro

Program Manager
Baltimore City Office
jdimauro@ndc-md.org
(410) 205-9952 x 802

Julia is a returning Baltimorean and committed localist with a passion for collaboratively imagining futures for the built environment while honoring its histories. She came to NDC after living in Berlin, Germany for six years while completing her Master's in Historical Urban Studies and working in the field of civic participation. After working on interdisciplinary projects ranging from city-wide discussions about Zurich's climate action plan, to neighborhood engagement on public greenspaces and mobility, she is excited to be on site in Baltimore working with and for community-initiated projects. Outside of work you'll find her biking somewhere with a cake strapped to her back rack.

Kelly Fleming

Program Director of Environmental Resilience and Landscape Design
Prince George's County Office
kfleming@ndc-md.org
(443) 934-0499

Kelly is a landscape architect with over 20 years of academic and professional experience that spans the public and private sectors. Kelly's experience includes numerous projects focused on environmental sustainability and community engagement, as well as extensive experience as a project manager for municipal, residential, and commercial projects. She seeks to integrate thoughtful design with emerging practices grounded in research to support the ecosystems that support us in our communities. 

Jennifer Goold

Executive Director
Baltimore City & Prince George’s County Offices
jgoold@ndc-md.org

Jennifer Goold joined the Neighborhood Design Center in 2012 after more than a decade of work in cultural resources management, historic preservation, development and planning. At NDC, she directs all aspects of the center’s operations including staff, programs, outreach, and fundraising. A Baltimore resident since 1993, she has been involved in many of the city’s largest historic building rehabilitations, including the American Can Company, Silo Point and Tide Point. She received a BS in Interior Design from Indiana University and an MS in Historic Preservation from Columbia University. Hailing from Boone County Indiana, Jen’s early years included 10-year 4H membership including winning the title of master showman.

Merrell Hambleton

Project Manager, Signal Station North
Baltimore City Office
mhambleton@ndc-md.org
(914) 643-5195

Merrell leads NDC's NEA-supported Signal Station North, a two-year creative placemaking initiative rooted in building access and equity through public space lighting. Previously, Merrell produced public art projects with the artist Steve Powers and the New York-based nonprofit Creative Time. She has a dual MA in Social Design and Critical Studies from MICA and BA in History from Columbia University.

Sarah Holter

Development Associate 
Baltimore Office
sholter@ndc-md.org
(301) 850-8253 x 205

Sarah assists with development, fundraising, and event planning at the Neighborhood Design Center. She has a background in non-profit development, water quality monitoring, and urban farming, and holds a BA in Economics from St. Mary's College of Maryland. Outside of work Sarah enjoys walking her dog through Baltimore's green spaces, experimenting with clay, fabric, and fibers, and working on her historic Hampden home.

Briony Hynson

Deputy Director
Baltimore City Office
bhynson@ndc-md.org
(301) 830-5219

As Deputy Director, Briony leads development, design leadership and engagement initiatives at NDC. Briony started in her role at NDC in 2013, after completion of the Robert W. Deutsch Social Design Fellowship at Maryland Institute College of Art. The lynchpin of her work is understanding community and the shared built environment to leverage positive social change. Previously, as the founding creative director of Honfleur Gallery, Briony employed varied approaches to build creative capacity via revitalization efforts in Washington DC’s Ward 8. Hynson holds a BFA in Sculpture from Alfred University and an MA in Social Design from MICA.  

For inquiries and to request accommodation regarding accessibility, contact Briony.

Eleanor Luken

Program Coordinator
Baltimore City Office
eluken@ndc-md.org
(410) 777–5644 

Eleanor is an environmental psychologist who is always curious about ways people are affected by the places we live in, and how we can harness power to make equitable changes in the world around us. Before NDC, Eleanor taught in the social sciences departments at Pratt Institute and Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. She has also worked as a nature playscape designer and Reggio Emilia-inspired studio teacher in Cincinnati, OH. Eleanor is from Louisville, KY, moved to Baltimore in 2020, and is excited to explore all the corners of her new home in Maryland as a Project Coordinator at NDC. Outside of work, you'll find Eleanor writing her dissertation or walking around the block.

Nick Maletta

Green Infrastructure Project Manager
Prince George’s County Office

nmaletta@ndc-md.org

Nick Maletta is a Project Manager for NDC's urban forestry and green infrastructure work. He supports various county and municipal tree canopy and reforestation initiatives that NDC undertakes with community partners. Nick is a certified arborist and brings 7 years of experience in his field, as well as a graduate degree in Environmental Management from the University of Maryland, Global Campus. He has a deep-rooted love for conservation and natural ecological systems and has had the pleasure of bringing equitable access to green space to local communities through his work. Nick spends his free time teaching pottery classes at a local art studio, caring for his pollinator garden, and spending time in nature.

Sophie Morley

Program Manager
Prince George’s County Office
smorley@ndc-md.org
(301) 830-8251

Sophie is an architect with a background in inclusive design and international development. She came to NDC from her home city of London where she was working on affordable housing projects for charities, social landlords and Councils. Since 2010 she has been collaborating with the architecture organization Architecture sans Frontieres leading projects in Ghana, South Africa and Sierra Leone. She has taught architecture at several UK universities and her teaching focuses on equitable practice and social justice in the built environment. When not in the office Sophie likes to travel and ride her bike.

Allie O’Neill

Program Director — Community Design
Prince George’s County Office
aoneill@ndc-md.org
(301) 830-6425

Allie believes design has the power to improve lives, spark civic participation, and create equitable, resilient communities. She sees community design and participatory processes as integral parts of design justice. Allie leads the Community Design Works program in Prince George's County, connecting interested professionals and motivated community members to complete a wide range of projects. Since 2016, Allie has served on the board of the Association for Community Design. Outside of the office, you can find her biking around the DC area.

Andrés Ovalle

Forestry Technician
Prince George’s County Office
aovalle@ndc-md.org
(240) 474-8812

Andrés Ovalle earned his degree in Forestry Engineering from the University of Chile, Santiago, Chile. He also holds an arborist certification from the International Society of Arboriculture. Andrés worked for many years in the ecotourism industry and has held every position from naturalist to the program director. He moved to Maryland in 2015 where he worked as a Park Activation Specialist in Montgomery County. In this position, he engaged with local communities and businesses and generated nature-based programs for diverse audiences. Currently, he works for two non-profit organizations, one as a nursery manager and the other as a tree care class instructor. Andrés values environmental education, good communication, and building community-oriented programs. Andrés is a tree lover and in his spare time, he likes to be outside, hiking, kayaking, and gardening with his family.

Eli Pousson

Program Coordinator
Baltimore City Office
epousson@ndc-md.org
(301) 830-8519

Eli Pousson joined the Neighborhood Design Center in 2020 after completing a Masters in Public Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. For the past nine years, Eli worked at Baltimore Heritage supporting historic preservation and public history programs across the city including everything from archaeology in Patterson Park to new historic districts in Greater Rosemont. His recent research and organizing work includes investigating the health effects of demolishing vacant housing and developing a play streets initiative with Bikemore and the Baltimore Department of Transportation. Outside of work, Eli Pousson is a volunteer organizer for the annual Baltimore Family Biking Open House and enjoys sweeping up trash and trimming trees in his own neighborhood of Harwood and beyond.

Dana Puzey

Enterprise Development Director
Prince George’s County Office
dpuzey@ndc-md.org
(301) 850-1724

Dana is responsible for securing and managing the grants and contracts at the Neighborhood Design Center for both the Prince Georges County and Baltimore offices. Ms. Puzey began her post graduate career in Baltimore City in 2009, working with residents and communities to identify stormwater problems and site stormwater BMPs. In 2015, Dana joined NDC to oversee the organization’s urban forestry work in Prince George’s County. Her work evolved to include grant and contract management for both offices. Throughout her career, she has focused on program development and financial management. Dana received a Bachelor’s degree from Elon University in Environmental Studies and a Master’s degree from Virginia Tech in Urban and Regional Planning. When she’s not at the office, Dana keeps busy by exploring parks and museums with her young children and husband.

Laura Robinson

Program Manager, Landscape Design
Prince George’s County Office
lrobinson@ndc-md.org
(301) 850-6697

Laura is a landscape designer and ISA Certified Arborist with a background in field biology and graphic communication. Her work focuses on landscape design and community engagement projects that help increase tree canopy and green spaces in the region. Before NDC, Laura worked in residential design, environmental education, and information technology. She received a B.S. in Biology and a B.A. in Media Arts and Design from James Madison University, and more recently received her Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture from the University of Maryland. Outside of the office, Laura enjoys walking her senior dog, attempting woven art, and surprisingly enough - trying to keep her house plants alive.

Jason Sprouls

Program Coordinator
Prince George’s County Office
jsprouls@ndc-md.org
(301) 850-1462

Jason manages the Neighborhood Design Center’s community-wide urban forestry program that has jurisdiction of trees in the public right-of-way. He is an urban forestry practitioner who has an interdisciplinary skillset of the wide array of environmental conditions that relate to urban trees which includes dendrology, tree risk assessment and mitigation, urban hydrology and stormwater management, and soil sciences. He has a wide array of experiences in environmental interpretation, which was formative in his passion for connecting people and nature to bring meaningful change to the urban environment.

Interns and Fellows

The passion and dedication of these valuable team members is essential to making our projects successful.


Avery Haynes

Intern

Avery is working as a Landscape Design Intern at the Prince George's County location. They are pursuing their Bachelor's of Landscape Architecture at Louisiana State University in their hometown of Baton Rouge and take a special interest in equitable, artful, and plant-specific design. Avery wants to find creative ways to intersect caring for people and caring for the land in their practice. They also enjoy skating, singing, dancing, loving, and finding new ways to learn and grow every day!

Jalen Powell-Bartley

Americorps CCMA VISTA

Jalen is currently in Baltimore to attain his Master's in City and Regional Planning at Morgan State University. Jalen has a Bachelor of Science in Emergency Management from Massachusetts Maritime Academy. He intends on using his two degrees to enter the planning field as an all-hazards planner or economic development planner. Jalen is from Boston, Massachusetts, and felt that Boston was too developed to become a planner and see projects come to life, which has led Jalen to Baltimore. Jalen intends on helping the community through a partnership with CCMA AmeriCorps VISTA, Morgan State University, and the Neighborhood Design Center to assist low-income residents in becoming invested in neighborhood projects.

Judy Tram

Intern

Judy is working as a Community Design Intern at the Prince George’s County office. She is currently pursuing a dual Master’s degree in Architecture and Community Planning at the University of Maryland, College Park. She has a background in volunteering with local schools in Prince George’s and Montgomery County, which inspires her passion for community involvement. As an intern, she is excited to combine her interests in design and social equity to work toward creating healthy and sustainable communities. In her spare time, she enjoys visiting museums in D.C and trying new food places with her friends.