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Andrea Parker

Gowanus Canal Conservancy
Executive Director
Andrea Parker has a passion for regenerating urban green infrastructure through civic engagement. As the Executive Director of the Gowanus Canal Conservancy, she works to empower a community of environmental stewards and design advocates in the rapidly changing urban ecology of the Gowanus. Previously, as a landscape designer, she focused on urban and community resilience while working on the NYC's Special Initiative for Rebuilding and Resiliency report and the HUD-funded Rebuild By Design competition, as well as gained extensive experience in public garden master-planning and residential design and construction administration. Her prior background as a gardener and nursery propagator enriches her design work with a pragmatic understanding of how landscapes are built and maintained. She received a BA from the University of Chicago, studied Landscape Horticulture at Merritt College, and received a MLA from the University of Virginia.