THE HUDDLE TEAM
When you partner with Huddle, you’re teaming with experienced leadership in parks and trails planning, public involvement, communication, and policy facilitation.
Inside our huddle, we will work together to communicate vision, provide clarity, and develop winning strategies to help achieve your goals.
Holly Spoth-Torres, PLA
Holly Spoth-Torres worked for government agencies in Alaska for more than 10 years. After completing long-range planning for Denali National Park & Preserve and project management for the State of Alaska to secure permanent recreational trail access on State lands, she served the Municipality of Anchorage Parks & Recreation Department as the Park Superintendent.
As a registered landscape architect in Alaska, Holly’s career focus has been developing innovative public involvement strategies to get more people involved in local parks and recreation initiatives; a healthy park system equals a healthy population of citizens.
Holly led the Anchorage Parks Division, responsible for the design, development, maintenance and management of 11,000 acres of parkland, 250 miles of trails, 110 athletic fields and 83 playgrounds.
Under her leadership, Holly’s team successfully developed and implemented a new business model for park and trail development in Anchorage resulting in the largest public construction investment in Anchorage Parks in over a decade, decreased administrative overhead and shortened project schedules.
Holly is most proud of her work developing and sustaining a partnership with the Anchorage Park Foundation, the primary philanthropic investor in parks and trails in Anchorage. The success of her collaboration on this public-private partnership resulted in more than $30 million investment in parks through three key initiatives:
- The Anchorage Park Report Card project, which engaged community members in evaluating neighborhood parks. The results were used to raise over $4 million in park improvement funds for neighborhood parks.
- The Neighborhood Park Fix-It program, mobilizing thousands of community volunteers each year to revitalize neighborhood parks, using a combination of public and private funds.
- The nationally recognized Youth Employment in Parks Program, employing youth each summer to offer recreation programs and complete park improvements, focused on developing professional skills and healthy lifestyles.
Holly’s skill set balances strong community engagement techniques, strategic action planning and the operational savvy to understand how to get things done within a government structure, while utilizing creative and unique partnerships.
Holly’s successful work collaborating with the Anchorage community to improve parks and trails has provided more access and opportunities for residents and families to get outdoors, get active and improve their health through physical activity.
Bri Keifer, PLA
Bri is a licensed Landscape Architect with seven years of experience working in her home state of Alaska. She excels at site design, planting design, public involvement, 3D simulation, construction detailing and construction administration. Bri has a creative and collaborative approach when working through project development processes to meet client goals and schedules.
Bri’s experience in site planning and landscape design ranges from public projects including schools, universities, parks, trails and roads to private and non-profit organization development including medical facilities, housing, and commercial development. Bri is Huddle’s technical expert; she is proficient with the Adobe Creative Suite, AutoCAD, and 3D visualization software.