Amy L. Schneckenburger, ASLA
Vice President, Public Affairs
Inspired by her father's passion for his work as a landscape
architect, Amy Schneckenburger pursued a degree in landscape
architecture at Penn State University, graduating in 1984.
Upon graduation, Ms. Schneckenburger accepted a position with
the National Park Service and in the ensuing 8 years she held
a diversity of positions ranging from landscape architect
for National Capital Parks - East in Washington, DC, to construction
project supervisor in the US Virgin Islands, Mississippi and
Florida. During that time, Ms. Schneckenburger was selected
by the National Park Service as one of eight professionals
to travel to India to recommend long-term actions for the
protection of three globally significant heritage sites.
In 1992, Ms. Schneckenburger took a year off from the National
Park Service to become one of two ASLA Congressional Fellows
in the first year of that program. Working on the House Subcommittee
on Energy and the Environment, she worked to draft legislation
for a nationwide river inventory. She also reviewed several
measures in the ISTEA Bill to help represent the interests
of landscape architects.
Returning to the National Park Service from her experience
on the Hill, Ms. Schneckenburger managed numerous design and
planning projects, including feasibility studies to recommend
additions to the National Park System. She received an outstanding
service award for her customer service and quality of work.
In 1998, Ms. Schneckenburger was recruited to work in Yosemite
National Park in California where she managed the development
of the Merced Wild and Scenic River Comprehensive Management
Plan/EIS, and co-managed the Yosemite Valley Plan/EIS, two
very controversial projects. She facilitated the completion
of the court-ordered Merced River Plan in record time, earning
national recognition and an award for a state-of-the-art plan.
Long interested in public service, and desiring an analytical
look at the balance between politics and organizational mission,
Ms. Schneckenburger was granted a fellowship to pursue a master
in public policy at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and
International Affairs at Princeton. Her course of study has
focused on land conservation policy for ecosystem viability.
Ms. Schneckenburger is simultaneously working with the United
Nations Development Program to establish recommendations for
centers of excellence for the implementation of Global Environment
Amy's involvement with ASLA began 18 years ago when she was
elected President of Penn State's Landscape Architecture Student
Society. Ms. Schneckenburger has remained active at both the
national and chapter level ever since. Her involvement has
included assistance to public practice conferences in the
late 1980's. Ms. Schneckenburger was actively involved with
the Society's government affairs program during her tenure
as a Congressional Fellow when she also helped to organize
the Congressional Fly-In that year. Ms. Schneckenburger later
acted as the government affairs liaison for the Colorado Chapter
where she also chaired a fight for re-licensure in that state.
Ms. Schneckenburger was a committee member for the Colorado
Chapter of ASLA Annual Meeting in 1994. Since 1998, Ms. Schneckenburger
has served on ASLA's Ethics Committee.