Photo courtesy of the Times Leader.
KRISTA SCHNEIDER, RLA, LEED-AP
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

As a founding board member of the Alliance Ms. Schneider worked closely with the other partners in establishing the organization, so she is intimately familiar with its vision and goals. Her past professional experience working in Hazleton in various capacities also gives her unique perspective into both the challenges and opportunities associated with the city's downtown revitalization.

For the past seven years Ms. Schneider worked for the Hazleton-based multi-disciplinary engineering firm, Barry Isett & Associates, as a project manager. While there she was involved in a variety of urban planning and design, streetscape, and park construction projects. She also developed a successful grantsmanship program to assist municipal clients and non-profit organizations in the Hazleton area procure funding for a variety of public projects. Over the past five years she was responsible for collectively assisting those clients gain well over six million dollars of grant funding.

Ms. Schneider’s professional background also includes experience in historic preservation, as well as teaching planning and design studios as an Assistant Professor at the University of Kentucky.  In 2008 she founded the Center for Landscape Design & Stewardship (CLDS), a 501c3 organization that established and operates the Butler Township Community Garden in Drums, and for which she still serves as president. The CLDS was instrumental in helping to initiate the Downtown Hazleton Farmers' Market in 2011 in partnership with the Greater Hazleton Chamber of Commerce. In addition to helping author the Downtown Hazleton Overlay District ordinance, Krista also serves as an appointed member of the Overlay District Review Committee.

Krista's involvement with the founding of the new Alliance organization is rooted in this work, as well as her volunteer service as board member of the CAN DO Community Foundation. Krista received her master’s degree in Urban Design from Harvard University in 1998, and her bachelor’s degree from the Pennsylvania State University in 1992.