Jennifer Souder, MLA, ASLA, LEED AP BD+C has worked for 20+ years in the fields of urban planning/policy, design/construction/operations, and landscape architecture with a focus on cultural heritage, sustainability, and equity. She uses creative problem-solving, strategic thinking and development strategies to support GbD's projects.
While serving as the Director of Capital Projects/Assistant Director at the Queens Botanical Garden (QBG), Ms. Souder was responsible for guiding the QBG Visitor Center, the first NYC public building to earnLEED® Platinum certification, from planning through construction. Through her work with the Rutgers Center for Green Building, Jen has worked on regional and statewide projects related to sustainability and energy efficiency such as the NJ Green Building Manual and the Consortium for Building Energy Innovation (CBEI).
Ms. Souder earned both a Master of Landscape Architecture and a Bachelor of Science from the School of Natural Resources and Environment, University of Michigan and has been a LEED Accredited Professional since 2004. She has served on the Pace University Green Roof Advisory Panel, the jury for the NYC Green Building Design Competition, and currently serves on the Asbury Park Public Library Board, the Asbury Park Planning Board, as the program chair for the NJ ASLA Annual Conference, and is the co-founder and President of the Asbury Park African-American Music Project.