As a native Northwesterner, Leah is deeply invested in the diverse communities and wild landscapes throughout the region. Employing her background in art, ecology, and landscape theory, Leah’s design work explores the use of native plants and their form as tools for meaningful place-making. With an extensive knowledge of plants, she designs for whole ecosystems, where color and texture encourage people to engage with their natural environment. Throughout her academic and professional career, Leah has been active in her community through volunteer and leadership work. Leah currently volunteers with the ACE Mentor Program (Architecture, Construction, and Engineering) to engage high school students with careers in the design profession. She has previously worked with the Seattle Parks Foundation and is committed to issues of environmental justice and equitable access to green space.