Elizabeth "Beth" Larkin

Herding Cats, Solving Problems, and Buttoning Up the Details

I am a highly-detailed, adaptable, quick-learning professional with broad experience & a vast set of creative skills. I specialize in finding consensus-driven solutions to complex problems by listening closely for areas of overlap & opportunities for collaborative partnership. I am a loyal, team player that thrives in a fast-paced environment.

  • Project Management
  • Technology Expertise
  • Design & Creative
  • Communication
  • Strategic Planning
  • Budget Management
  • Project Scheduling
  • Team Building & Supervision
  • Consultant Management


Bachelors in Landscape Architecture, Texas A&M University                                           2001 – 2006, GPA 3.71 / 4.0

  • Graduated Magna Cum Laude, 1st in Class
  • 2006 Recipient of ASLA Student Honor Award
  • 2005 Chair for Aggie Workshop
  • 2005 “Who’s Who” Among Students in American Universities and Colleges
  • 2005 Department Head Award
  • 2003 Distinguished Student Honor Roll for the College of Architecture
  • 2002-2006 Tau Sigma Delta Architectural Honors Society

Career Experience

Membership Director, Austin Outside (AO), Austin, TX | 03/2020 – Current

Austin Outside champions vibrant and thriving outdoor places for all in Greater Austin. Greater Austin will be known for its healthy outdoor culture and vibrant public places. We envision a future where everyone lives within a 10 minute walk of a high-quality outdoor park, greenspace, or natural area and that these green jewels are connected by a safe and comfortable network of trails, bikeways, and sidewalks.

  • Lead and organize membership & committee meetings to promote collaboration, identify partnerships, share information, and to provide opportunities to build a collective voice.
  • Launch, organize, and facilitate virtual training to educate 60+ coalition members on funding parks, active transportation and open space through ballot measures.
  • Compile and send regular membership communications to support and amplify membership-led work and projects that align with AO mission and values.
  • Grow organization membership from 20 to 60+ for coalition building to represent all of Greater Austin.
  • Create and maintain policies and systems for operations to achieve maximum organizational efficiency.
  • Facilitate creation of 3-year strategic plan to guide AO’s future work and relationships. Design final document.
  • Form ~7 committees with annual work plans to achieve goals outlined in Strategic Plan.
  • Recruit membership advocacy for 2020 Prop B: Safe Mobility for All, the Healthy Streets Program, Federal Funding, letters of support, and more.
  • Set up and oversee all aspects of finances including annual budgeting, fundraising & development, accounting & bookkeeping, GL management, and tax filing.

Project & Creative Director, The Trail Foundation (TTF), Austin, TX | 09/2010 – 08/2019

In the heart of Austin, TX is the Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail at Lady Bird Lake. With more than 4.4 million visits a year, the 10-mile trail is Austin’s most recognized and popular recreational area. For many citizens and visitors, it represents the best Austin has to offer: outdoor recreation; a scenic, natural environment; and a diverse, vibrant mix of people. TTF is the non-profit organization dedicated to protecting, connecting, and enhancing this 200+ acre space for the benefit of all.

  • Planned and managed all projects and built scalable systems as spending increased from under $250k in FY09 to over $3M in FY19. 
  • Served on the senior leadership team setting the vision and long-term roadmap.
  • Led strategic project planning to ensure initiatives and projects align with mission of the organization.
  • Created and managed $2+ million annual project budget. Evaluated monthly financials for accuracy. Participated in annual budget setting and end of year financial review.
  • Shifted project pacing from ‘one-at-a-time’, to managing and prioritizing 10+ projects simultaneously.
  • Developed and maintained critical City of Austin departmental relationships.
  • Collaborated and grew relationships with community partners to leverage additional resources to achieve over-lapping goals.
  • Identified appropriate consultants, vendors and contractors, negotiated their contracts, and managed the project team to reach project completion.
  • Built and stewarded sustainable project processes to ensure efficiency of implementation.
  • Spearheaded Project Committee comprised of Board Members and volunteers, who help direct project prioritization, implementation processes, and vision for future projects.
  • Vetted, hired, and managed part-time and full-time employees to expand project implementation.
  • Designed, built, wrote copy, structured, and implemented new website.
  • Built, launched, and trained staff on internal shared drive and new software to increase collaboration and efficiency as the organization continued to scale from 3 employees to 12. 
  • Created organizational identity and maintained brand consistency.
  • Created and designed all marketing materials, internal, external, digital and print for events, mailers, website, social media, newsletters, fundraising.
  • Developed strategies and collaborated on messaging, content, design, and production of marketing and fund solicitation materials (digital, print, social media, video and web) to highlight the work of TTF, our partners, stakeholders and donors. Worked with internal and external consultants to execute. 
  • Worked with national partners to co-host a variety of events for invited professionals from around the country. National partners included: Central Park Conservancy Institute for Urban Parks: Urban Practitioner Roundtable Spring 2019, Urban Land Institute National Technical Assistance Panel August 2019.
  • Launched Trail-wide Ecological Restoration Guidelines and implementation for 199 acres of park and 10.1 miles of trail. Managed volunteers to support restoration goals.

Landscape Designer, LEED AP, TBG Partners, Austin, TX | 05/2006 – 06/2009

Over 100 visionary minds, reshaping raw space into livable places across the country and abroad. A critical combination of 30-year industry veterans paired with dynamic, young talent, collectively composing, calculating, and anticipating the tendencies of living systems.

  • Designed landscape plans from concept to construction with a focus on native plants to meet project sustainability and maintenance goals.
  • Created accurate construction documents and design details in AutoCAD demonstrating understanding of the relationship of design and constructability.
  • Created hand and computer renderings to communicate landscape design concepts to clients and partners.
  • Managed and created project presentations to ensure design concepts and goals were easily understood.
  • Worked collaboratively with other disciplines to achieve project goals.
  • Prepared detailed cost estimates at each phase of design to ensure budget goals were achieved.
  • Worked under supervision of a project manager or senior-level team member.

Technical Proficiencies

Adobe Suite ● HTML/CSS ● Mailchimp ● WordPress ● CRM

Social Media Marketing ● cPanel ● Google Suite & Admin ● Microsoft Suite ● CAD ● GIS


Dressember, Team Leader and Top Fundraiser, dressember.org | 2014 – Present

The Dressember campaign creates life-saving grants for 12 organizations in the United States and around the world who are on the frontlines battling modern slavery, all by wearing dresses and ties for the whole month of December. Dressember’s vision is a world without slavery where all people are free to live vibrant, autonomous lives.

  • Top fundraiser and team leader for Dress Well, Do Good, dresswelldogood.com
    • 2020 & 2019 top advocate; raised over $77,300+ total since 2014
    • Led international team, Dress Well, Do Good, to raise $280,500+ total since 2015

Lamar Band Booster, President, scottieband.org | 2022 – Present

  • Lamar Band Booster is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to supporting the band programs and Lamar Middle School and Fine Arts Academy in Austin, Texas. Band boosters are involved with fundraising, chaperoning trips (to include football games and off-campus performances), assisting with concerts, and organizing various band student events. Band Boosters work closely with the Band Directors and meet monthly to discuss upcoming events and information.

Austin Book Club, Founder & Facilitator, austinbookclub.com | 2008 – Present

  • The Austin Book Club gathers together women across Central Austin to foster strong community and stimulating conversation through the discussion of a variety of books.

Magnolia Montessori for All, Parent Design Committee Member, magnolia.montessoriforall.org | 2015-2016

  • A volunteer team of design professions and parents of students that attend Magnolia Montessori for all, we advised the school leadership in the selection of an architect team to design the innovative Montessori campus in east Austin.

Continuing Education

Dare to Lead™ Trained | Issued 10/2019

Beyond Diversity™ training conducted by Courageous Conversations, Pacific Educational Group | 2019

IAP2: Planning For Effective Public Participation | 2019

Leading Collaboration: Design and Facilitate Meetings that Get Results  | 2019

City Parks Alliance, Greater and Greener Urban Parks Conference | 2017, 2019

Central Park Conservancy, Institute for Urban Parks | 2018

Leadership Austin, Emerge Graduate | 2017 – 2018