Drew Goetting, Rich Walkling, Erik Stromberg, Anneke Swinehart, Peter Rohan, Matt Thomas, Hope McManus, Kinsey Bell
Drew Goetting, President and CEO
Drew Goetting founded the Restoration Design Group in 2003 after establishing a career in public lands management. As a noted expert in the field of stream restoration, he has been in the vanguard of California restoration efforts. He brings his background in plant ecology, natural resource management, and community development to bear on each project. Drew oversees all RDG work, leads RDG’s public process facilitation, directs RDG’s grant writing efforts for local, state, and federal clients, and has been successful in acquiring over $10 million in grant awards for RDG’s clients. He is a regular lecturer on restoration and has conducted numerous workshops and community-based planning processes.
Erik Stromberg, ASLA, Principal Landscape Architect / Restoration Director
Erik Stromberg brings together his expertise in science and design, focusing on the interaction between ecological and social processes within the built environment. As the lead Landscape Architect, Erik has managed multi-million dollar projects for diverse clientele. Erik orchestrates RDG's collaboration with consulting scientists and leads the firm's stream restoration work and digital design. He has taught graduate level courses in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Landscape Architecture and he is an appointed member of the Town of San Anselmo's Flood Committee. His technical expertise in fluvial geomorphology and restoration work is instrumental to the firm.
Rich Walkling, MLA, CFO / Planning Director
Rich Walkling has been directing resource management and restoration projects for over twenty years. He has managed watershed and estuarine projects in California, the Great Lakes basin, and southern Africa. His planning work, particularly in environmental justice settings, has been studied by PhD students, featured in documentaries, and the subject of an exhibit at the Oakland Museum of California. Rich has served as an appointed member of the East Bay Regional Park District Park Advisory Committee, vice-president of Golden Gate Audubon Society, and board chair of Urban Tilth in Richmond. Rich leads RDG’s business management and environmental planning.
Anneke Swinehart, RLA, ASLA, Design Director
Anneke Swinehart is a licensed landscape architect who has been working with design-driven firms since 2007. She brings her experience designing and managing projects from the small-scale private garden to large estates and hospitality developments. Prior to pursuing a landscape architecture career, Anneke earned a BS in Agricultural and Biological Engineering from Cornell University. Her work for the Soil and Water Lab at Cornell, the New Mexico Natural Heritage Program, The Jepson Herbarium, and Flora Grubb Gardens reflects her abiding interest in plants and the ecosystems they create and support. She is keenly interested in design which embraces the interplay of science and aesthetics to create beautiful and healthy environments – especially ones that blur the boundary between wild and urban spaces. She currently serves as a trustee for the Oakland Awesome Foundation, and formerly a board member of SF Beautiful and co-founder of the 2012 4CSF public space design contest.
Matt Thomas, PE, Principal Civil & Hydraulic Engineer
Matt Thomas is a licensed civil engineer committed to creek and river restoration. He holds an MS in civil engineering with an emphasis in water resource management from Colorado State University and a genuine passion for rivers. He brings nearly a decade of civil engineering consulting experience to RDG. He also has nearly thirty years of on-the-river experience as a whitewater river guide and professional whitewater kayaker. Through determination and hard work he is returning to the civil engineering profession following a spinal cord injury. Matt leads RDG’s hydraulic modeling and civil engineering projects.
Isaac Swanson, ASLA, Landscape Architect
Isaac is a licensed landscape architect with over five years of professional experience in the Bay Area. He excels at combining native plant palettes with elegant site design and leading-edge irrigation technology to build ecologically-robust cultural landscapes. Isaac offers a diverse skill set including project management experience on a mile-long stream mitigation project in the Oakland hills and extensive irrigation design experience including everything from permanent 2-wire systems for large parks to temporary, off-the-grid irrigation systems. Isaac’s work engages every step of the design process from conceptual design through construction administration, and ranges from small-scale interpretive signs to regional park design and ranch-scale habitat restoration. Habitats he specializes in designing include freshwater and tidal wetlands, woodlands, riparian areas, and coastal sand dunes. Accordingly, he prepares construction documents that emphasize California native plants and the provision of adequate irrigation for successful plant establishment.
Kinsey Bell, Landscape Designer
Kinsey Bell brings a background in residential landscape design and construction, horticulture, permaculture, and creative art practices. Her love of California native plant communities grew out of wandering and exploring the expansive parks of the East Bay Hills after moving from San Francisco where she was born and raised. She feels inspired by the task of incorporating design for the built urban environment with the natural ecological systems we must learn to live side by side with. Kinsey holds an Associate’s Degree in Landscape Architecture from the Merritt College Landscape Horticulture Department. She is also dedicated to her creative practice as a musician and community activist.