After receiving an undergraduate degree in Chemistry from Goucher College in Baltimore, Mary served as a sustainable agriculture extension agent with the Peace Corps in Senegal, West Africa. After returning to the U.S., she continued her work in agriculture with the Farm Alliance of Baltimore City before she began her Master’s in Landscape Architecture at Virginia Tech’s Washington-Alexandria Architecture Center (WAAC). While at WAAC, Mary served as a graduate assistant for the design of the Springsbury Arboretum at the Casey Tree Farm in Berryville, Virginia. Her graduate work focused on productive landscapes and culturally-relatable infrastructure. Her thesis study bridged her experiences in the U.S. and Senegal, comparing cultural interpretations of the global water crisis through landscape infrastructure. Since recently joining NBW, Mary has been working on two regional plan master plans in Nashville (Stones River Bend and Southeast) as well as helping develop a land master plan for Agricenter International in Memphis.