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.

David Park, National League of Cities, NDC Board President

Kelly Danz, Ziger/Snead Architects, NDC Vice President

Michael Bainum, Rebuild Metro

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

Garrick Good, North East Housing Initiative

Tracy Gosson, Sagesse, Inc.

Jen Horton, Johns Hopkins University Center for Government Excellence

Maisie Hughes, American Forests, The Urban Studio

Rebecca Murphy, RCM Strategic Consulting

Dahlia Nduom, Howard University, Department of Architecture

Caitlin O'Hara, Urban Designer + Planner

Gabe Oliver, GCS | SIGAL

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

Kayla Williams, Eviction Prevention at Community Legal Services of Prince George's County, Inc.

Lauren Wilson, Trust for the National Mall

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.

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.

Dana Puzey

Contracts and Billing Manager
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 enterprise development for both offices and she served as an executive team member in the Enterprise Development Director role through 2022. 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.

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.


Micaela Ada

Landscape Design Intern

Micaela is a 3rd-year Master of Landscape Architecture student at the University of Maryland. She joins the Neighborhood Design Center as a Landscape Design intern at the Prince George’s County office. Connecting people with place and enhancing access to quality green spaces are driving forces in her career aspirations. As a Maryland-native, she looks forward to bringing this passion to local communities and playing a part in uplifting their visions and ideas. When she isn’t working, you’ll likely find her on a trail or at the theater.

Evy DiSalvo

Transform Mid-Atlantic AmeriCorps VISTA

Evelyn DiSalvo graduated from Carnegie Mellon University this past May with a Bachelor’s in Design and Public Policy. She’s originally from Atlanta, Georgia but moved to Baltimore to work on community based planning projects as an AmeriCorps VISTA. Evelyn is interested in participatory design because she believes the best solutions are designed with rather than for communities. Over her next year of service, she’s excited to develop new methods of engaging residents in urban design and placemaking. Outside of work, Evelyn loves all things fiber arts, from embroidery to knitting to needle-felting! 

Will Polen

CIIP Intern, Johns Hopkins University

Will, an intern in the Baltimore office, is an undergraduate student at Johns Hopkins University pursuing a degree in International Studies. A native of New Jersey, he’s excited to explore his new home and help facilitate projects that amplify Baltimore’s charm. He’s particularly interested in the effects of redlining and transportation disparities on the city. When he’s not working, you can find him dragging friends to Orioles games!