Jan Saltiel Rafel, LEED AP, RLA, ASLA
As principal of Edgewater Design LLC in Millburn, N.J. with over 25 years of experience in the design and planning of landscapes and urban spaces. Ms. Rafel started her career in New York City working on parks, corporate and residential estate planning and has continued to work on all sectors of landscape architectural design and planning with the firm she founded in 1989 – Edgewater Design. For the past 20 years Ms. Saltiel Rafel has had a particular emphasis on public landscape design working with state universities, public schools and municipalities. She has also served on several advisory committees such as Sustainable N.J., Millburn biking trail committee and has designed several sustainable gardens for the local elementary schools
E. Timothy Marshall, ASLA
As principal and owner of ETM Associates LLC, Mr. Marshall has been providing professional public space design and management solutions, strategies and developmental guidance since 1984. ETM Associates, LLC was formed in 1997 and specializes in Public Space Design and Management. The firm is concerned with all aspects of public space and sees design, implementation and ongoing management as a continuum of related professional activities.
Mr. Marshall has been involved with public space issues for more 29 years. Mr. Marshall was formerly the Deputy Administrator and Vice President for the Central Park Conservancy. As former Deputy Administrator and Vice President for New York City’s Central Park Conservancy, he was involved in the development of The Central Park Restoration and Management Plan, and was directly responsible for its on-going implementation as well as the dayto- day management of Central Park, one of the world’s most important public spaces.
Laura Lawson, Ph.D.
Dr. Lawson is a Professor and Chair in the Department of Landscape Architecture at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Her research includes historical and contemporary community open space, with particular focus on community gardens and the changing roles of parks in low-income communities. Her teaching includes community-based design studios and seminars focused on research methods, social issues in design and planning, and the public landscape. She is author of City Bountiful: A Century of Community Gardening in America and co-author of Greening Cities, Growing Communities: Urban Community Gardens in Seattle (2009).