Inside the LA Studio—MnDOT - 1.25 PDH (LA CES/non-HSW)
Recorded On: 10/28/2023
Intergenerational panelists from the Minnesota Department of Transportation—an organization with 5,000+ employees that owns and operates the fourth largest public road system in the US—will discuss their varied roles within the agency, their career paths, how and why they came to public practice, and the opportunities and benefits of working in the public sector.
Discussion will offer perspectives on how work, family, and community can balance each other and allow growth as our authentic selves.
- Learn which types of work and growth opportunities are available in a statewide transportation agency.
- Learn how landscape architects are making ourselves and our profession valued in a large, engineering-based organization.
- Learn how to build your professional experience and position yourself in an area of practice that you are passionate about.
- Understand how work, family, and community involvement can balance out stresses, lead to solutions to difficult choices, and make an impact on the community by being part of building a better future.
Andrea S. Weber, ASLA, PLA
Historic Roadside Property Program Manager
Andrea is a senior landscape architect who manages the Historic Roadside Property and Waysides Program for MnDOT. In this role she leads project selection, consultant selection, and project management for work on historic properties. Prior work includes, Capital Project Management for Dakota County, MN; Landscape Architect at the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board; and Park and Landscape Designer for the City of Shakopee, MN. She served as Chair of ASLA Public Practice Advisory Committee and has done extensive community volunteering. Andrea is a St. Paul, MN native who loves travel, gardening, DIY, and is currently re-learning the landscape via kayak.
Carol Zoff, ASLA
Principal Landscape Architect
Minnesota Department of Transportation
Carol Zoff is a Principal Landscape Architect, Supervising the Environmental Planning and Design Unit within the Office of Environmental Stewardship at the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
Ashley C. Zidon, ASLA, AICP
Ashley is a planning professional and creative leader with experience in public engagement, long range planning, park and trail planning, public engagement, and project management. She inspires high-functioning teams and works extensively with local leaders and stakeholders to advance community goals and objectives. She enjoys creating relationships with change-leaders and residents within each community she works in. Ashley is equally inspired by Jane Jacobs and Banksy, inspiring her to push creativity and remove barriers. In her current role at MnDOT she is a program leader working with community-based organizations to make aesthetic and environmental improvements in the right of way.
April D. Lucas
Director, Shared Services & Efficiency Management
April D. Lucas, Director of Shared Services at Minnesota Department of Transportation; is a landscape enthusiast from St. Paul’s Rondo Community. She has worked on projects such as the Mississippi River corridor byway and bikeway projects, Damage Restitution, and currently the Statewide Blowing Snow Control unit. Her love for landscaping immerged from making mud pies, planting Morning Glories, and roses bushes with her mother in her grandfather’s flower bed. Her passion continues by engaging in family, business, and community projects such as planting with Tree Trust, Habitat for Humanity, and creating emotionally empowering landscapes to bringing positive energy to all.
Nissa Tupper (Moderator)
Transportation and Public Health Planning Director
Minnesota Department of Transportation
Nissa Tupper (she/her) works with partners to embed public health and equity practices into state transportation decision-making. Her work includes Includes advancing statewide Complete Streets implementation, integrating public health into the project delivery process, and coordinating with stakeholders to advance healthy, sustainable travel options. Her approach is informed by a diverse professional background in communications, landscape architecture, and public health.
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