Kenneth Barbour, Sites Assistant
A lifelong DC resident, Kenny Barbour assists all aspects of maintenance and improvements at Marvin Gaye Park, the Riverside Center, and numerous park and greening sites across the city.
Jeffrey V. Catts, ASLA, Field Director
Jeff Catts leads Parks & People’s community greening work across DC. He brings over 30 years of experience and design skills as a licensed Landscape Architect. During his career he has designed and managed the construction of significant projects including: a major expansion to the Cleveland Botanical Gardens, a renovation master plan for Olmsted’s Fine Arts Gardens adjacent to the Cleveland Museum of Art, numerous college campus and urban park landscapes.
Jeff’s work in the DC region has included program management for DDOT’s Anacostia Riverwalk Trail project and designing the Anacostia Community Boathouse Association facility which reclaimed and restored a major section of riparian buffer plantings along the river. In 2011 Jeff left the private sector to follow his passion for working more ‘on the ground’ with communities by joining the staff of Parks & People. He has designed, coordinated and helped plant over 2500 native trees throughout the District with our DC Green Corps, and he has helped design and install numerous community and school gardens as well as the new landscape at Parks & People’s Josephine Butler Parks Center. Jeff is a graduate of Penn State University and is an 11-year resident of Adams Morgan.
Stephen W. Coleman, Executive Director & President
Steve Coleman has led Washington Parks & People’s award-winning alliance of community-based greening partnerships since it began as a volunteer neighborhood park crime patrol in 1990. In three decades of non-profit service, Steve has been a vice president and director of research for a national organization, program director of an international environmental advocacy network, staff officer for a national foundation, a fundraising consultant for environmental media initiatives, a community organizer, and an intern reporter for Public Broadcasting’s MacNeil/ Lehrer Report. Born in India, Steve has lived in DC’s diverse Reed-Cooke neighborhood for 32 years.
Malina Eaglin, Campaign & Special Events Manager
is the newest addition to Washington Parks and People. She is a native of the DC Metropolitan area with a background in the hospitality and event industry. In 2014, she graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a Bachelors in Mass Communication/ Creative Advertising. Shortly after, she received her certification in Special Events & Wedding Planning (LWPI) at the University of Richmond. Her creativity, warm personalty, and passion for events makes her a promising aid to all of her clients. In her spare time, Malina enjoys visiting the Caribbean and attending music festivals.
Behnam Mehrabkhani, Sites Manager
Behnam Mehrabkhani has helped train and coordinate tens of thousands of Parks & People volunteers helping in all aspects of park and landscape revitalization and building restoration and construction. He came to Parks & People in 2001 as a refugee from Iran, helping to assist the award-winning exterior restoration of the Josephine Butler Parks Center before he could speak more than a few words of English. Prior to coming to the United States, Behnam supervised a staff of 18 machinists in a Teheran factory and worked as a welder in Turkey. He is fluent in Persian and Turkish.
Ashleigh Mitchell, Greening Center & Food Hub Assistant
Ashleigh Mitchell is a 2015 graduate of the DC Green Corps Cohort 11 and currently holds the part-time position of Greening Center & Food Hub Assistant. A DC resident, Ashleigh is pursuing a Bachelor’s of Science at the University of the District of Columbia. Ashleigh brings training and experience working for DC Urban Greens as a Farmer.
Cordell Fields , Green Corps Coordinator
Cordell Fields is the Green Corps Coordinator for Washington Parks and People.
Cordell recruits for and manages the Green Corps, Green Infrastructure Job Training, and youth programs. Prior to joining Washington Parks & People, Cordell was a Fellow for the National Parks Service for the Youth and Community Engagement office. He also worked several years at the Mayor’s Youth Leadership Institute as a program aide and Internship Coordinator.
Cordell attended several DC Public Schools and graduated from Washington Math Science Technology Public Charter High School. In his spare time, Cordell is a frequent visitor of local and national parks, which began at a young age.