Meet the PLT Project Team

Elliott BarneElliotttt, Associate Planner, has ten years of planning experience for the City and is subject matter expert on active transportation, public engagement, downtown planning initiatives, and parks and open space. Elliott is a City staff lead for the Prairie Line Trail project and has helped secure grant funding for the effort. Through the public discussions on the trail, Elliott came to recognize the significance of the Prairie Line as an opportunity to create a unique and
engaging public space. Elliott is a city kid who grew up in Oakland, California and holds a Planning Masters Degree from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Lauren HLaurenoogkamer is the Historic Preservation Coordinator for the City of Tacoma. She holds an MS in Historic Preservation and an MS in Urban Planning from Columbia University, as well as a BA/BA in Print Journalism and History and a Minor in Business from the University of Southern California. Previously, Lauren was an historic preservation consultant under her own business, Cultural Resources Research & Consulting. Lauren grew up in rural Lewis County, WA, but now lives in a 1970s split-entry home in East Tacoma with her husband and her almost two-year-old son.

Amy McBride is the Arts Administrator for the City of Tacoma with over 20 years’ experience as an art profeAmyssional. Working with the Tacoma Arts Commission, Ms. McBride oversees three funding programs for arts organizations and artists, implements public art projects, develops innovative and collaborative programming and formulates effective policy with the goal of creating a fertile ecosystem for a thriving community.

 She holds an M.A. from the University of Washington-Tacoma in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on urban art and BA from the University of Colorado Boulder in French and Art History with a year of focused study at the Michel de Montaigne University Bordeaux 3, France.  She stimulated both sides of her brain by studying sculpture at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco and Fundraising Management from the University of Washington. Occasionally she still finds time to make art herself.

Amy has presented nationally on issues of public art, innovation, temporary art interventions, and civic democracy.

Alaria Sacco is an Historic Preservation Intern for the City of Tacoma. SheAlaria is an East Coast transplant from North Carolina now living in Tacoma. She also works at the Museum of Glass as a Frontline Representative. With a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies from Appalachian State University (Class of 2013) and a minor in Anthropology, she is interested in collections care and material conservation within museums; she will be a Master’s candidate in the Museology Graduate program at the University of Washington this fall. Alaria assisted with Historic Preservation Month events earlier this year, and is looking forward to working on the Prairie Line Trail during the remainder of her internship with the City. When not at either of her two jobs, Alaria enjoys cooking with her fiance, having heart-to-hearts with her cat, and sniffing very old books.

Katie Chase is an architectural historian and partner at Artifacts Consulting. She has a BA in HistorKatiey and an MS in Historic Preservation. Katie became a preservationist because it perfectly combines her love for history and architecture. At Artifacts, Katie works on a range of projects, but is most passionate about projects that let her dive into the history of a particular place. Katie also serves on the Tacoma Landmarks Preservation Commission and is currently the commission’s chair. Originally from Idaho, Katie now lives in the Stadium District and loves the walkability and vibrancy of her neighborhood.


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