Meet the LRG Team

Senior Staff

Tim Ford

Tim Ford

President + CEO

About Tim

As president and CEO of LRG, Tim leads the firm’s day-to-day management and charts its strategic growth. He also oversees and contributes to event planning, organizational management of the nonprofit associations LRG serves, stakeholder outreach and communication vehicles and initiatives. Tim has 17 years’ experience as an urban planner, leading outreach support for local, state, federal, and nonprofit client and is a nationally recognized expert on redevelopment of former military properties and the role of communities in that process. Tim is also CEO of the Association of Defense Communities (ADC) and also served as the organization’s executive director and deputy director from 2004 to 2007. Credited with guiding ADC’s hundreds of member communities and related organizations through the 2005 Defense Closure and Realignment Commission Base Realignment and Closure process, Tim also nearly tripled ADC’s size and led efforts to fundamentally expand its mission during his decade leading the association. In recent years, Tim spearheaded the development and advocated for passage of a new authority that allows local governments and the military to share public services. Before returning to Washington, D.C. in 2009 to join LRG, Tim was executive director of the New York City Employment & Training Coalition, the city’s leading workforce development association. A Pennsylvania native, Tim has a bachelor’s degree in Urban Studies from the University of Pittsburgh, and a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Marta Goldsmith

Marta Goldsmith

SENIOR ADVISER

About Marta

Marta serves as executive director of the Form-Based Codes Institute and works on other client-related assignments. Prior to joining LRG, she was principal at MVG Consulting where she drew on more than 30 years of nonprofit management experience to advise nonprofits on organizational development, strategic planning, program development and project management. She has served as senior adviser to the commissioner of the Public Buildings Service at the General Services Administration (GSA) and as chief operating officer of the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP), a global nongovernmental organization that advises cities in emerging economies on sustainable transport and urban development projects. Prior to her tenure at GSA and ITDP, Marta worked for more than 20 years at the Urban Land Institute, where she was responsible for a variety of programs including fundraising, international development, public policy research and publications and forums and conferences. Marta has a master’s degree in City Planning from Harvard University and a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Indiana University. In her spare time, she rides horses, teaches horseback riding and, as a natural-born itinerant, travels as often as she can.

Giulia DeVito

Giulia DeVito

Assistant Vice President, Finance + Controller

About Giulia

Giulia works with LRG’s executive leadership in identifying and defining its evolving strategic goals in its pursuit to reach its goals in growth within the next three to five years. She has a bachelor’s degree in business management from George Mason University and currently is pursuing a master’s degree in finance from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business. Before joining LRG, she served as director of finance of Missing Link Communications, Inc. (MLC) where she was responsible for the company’s financial leadership, including accounting, operations, strategic and business development. Prior to joining MLC, she worked at CSC, where she held a financial analyst and program management role, working on a team to implement a new internal system built to analyze financials and improve days sales outstanding. Giulia is a certified fraud examiner and project management professional.

Todd Herberghs

Todd Herberghs

Assistant Vice President

About Todd

As assistant vice president at the Leonard Resource Group, Inc., Todd implements outreach efforts for local and federal agencies, with a focus on economic development issues, and provides management services for LRG’s association clients. He combines his outreach management skills with the knowledge of a land use attorney to provide outstanding client support based on understanding project goals and managing a team to implement projects on schedule and within budget. In his role as executive director of the National Council for Public-Private Partnerships, an LRG client, Todd is responsible for all aspects of association management, including devising and tracking budgets, overseeing staff, conducing outreach to stakeholders and overseeing membership activities and sponsorship opportunities. He also educates members of the public and the media on public-private partnerships and manages the association’s educational events. Before joining LRG, he served as Chief Operating Officer of the Association of Defense Communities and has continued to work with the organization since it became a client of LRG. Through his management of this association, he became a subject matter expert in the field of military base redevelopment and community-military partnerships. Todd has a bachelor’s degree in political science and a Juris Doctor, both from the University of Florida. Prior to joining ADC, he worked at the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices, where he concentrated on state-level BRAC policy matters and land use issues.

Key Staff

Matt Borron

Matt Borron

Director, Outreach

About Matt

Matt has been part of LRG for almost six years. His primary role is as chief operating officer for the Association of Defense Communities (ADC), which LRG manages. He coordinates the educational and policy efforts for the association and works closely with state and local government officials, Capitol Hill lawmakers, and Department of Defense leadership to address policy issues facing military installations, military families and their communities. In addition to his work with ADC, Matt also supports LRG’s work with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Opportunity to Work Initiative. A graduate of the University of Montana, he has a bachelor’s degree in world history and a master’s degree in public administration/policy. Matt proudly served three years as a member of the U.S. Army and 13 years as a member of the U.S. Army Reserves.

Ray Bracken

Ray Bracken

Senior Event Services Specialist

About Ray

As assistant director of event services for LRG, Ray plans and executes major conferences, including management of all logistics. From managing large conferences with thousands of participants to the smallest of business meetings — attention to detail is Ray’s priority.  Before joining LRG, Ray served as assistant account executive for Occasions Caterers where he planned and executed a variety of events in multiple venues, including the Library of Congress, the U.S. Botanical Gardens, and multiple Smithsonian museums. He also worked for The Shakespeare Theatre Company for more than six years where he rose from executive office assistant to special events manager. He has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from James Madison University.

Barbara Bryant

Barbara Bryant

Assistant Director, Content Services

About Barbara

Barbara supports many of LRG’s nonprofit and public sector clients, including the National Council for Public-Private Partnerships and the Health Resources and Services Administration, by helping them to share their accomplishments and findings and by tracking and reporting on issues and developments that affect them. She has a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Randolph-Macon Woman’s College. Barbara has extensive experience as a writer and editor for nonprofit associations and federal government agencies and has worked for several federal government contractors. Her previous employers have included the U.S. Air Force Academy, the Library of Congress, the University of Virginia and nonprofit organizations in a variety of fields, ranging from the American Association of Blood Banking to the National Mental Health Association.

Dan Cohen

Dan Cohen

Director, Content Development

About Dan

Dan is responsible for the Association of Defense Communities’ (ADC) roster of publications, including newsletters, reports and surveys. He has a master’s degree in regional science from the University of Pennsylvania. As the managing editor and director of research for ADC, Dan launched the association’s daily newsletter, Defense Communities 360, and its successor, On Base with Dan Cohen. He also has more than 20 years of experience reporting, writing, laying out and copyediting newsletters for multiple associations and publishers, including the International Economic Development Council, National Waterways Conference, Business Publishers Inc. and Phillips Business Information.

Randy Ford

Randy Ford

Senior Adviser

About Randy

Since 2011, Randy has supported strategic communications and outreach efforts for federal, non-profit and private sector clients. He has a bachelor’s degree in electronic media journalism from Middle Tennessee State University. For 10 years he served on Capitol Hill in the roles of press secretary, communications director and chief of staff. Randy also spent time as a radio journalist and led award-winning team coverage of the impact of state tax policy on families and communities.

Susie Gingrich

Susie Gingrich

Assistant Director, Outreach + Strategic Communications

About Susie

Susie provides membership services for several associations that LRG supports and conducts event logistics and project management for federal clients. She has a bachelor’s degree in English literature from the University of East Anglia in Great Britain. Before joining LRG, Susie worked for Amazon where her title was “problem solver”; she coordinated internal and external correspondence, did website troubleshooting and ensured resolution of quality control issues.

Aleksandar Pavlovich

Aleksandar Pavlovich

Outreach Communications Specialist

About Pav

As director of conferences and outreach for the Association of Defense Communities (ADC), Pav oversees the formulation, planning and implementation of ADC’s annual conferences, regional events, and local workshops. Pav has a bachelor’s degree in international relations from California State University, Sacramento. Before joining LRG, he served nine years in the United States Marine Corps as a heavy equipment operator. In 2008, he deployed to Iraq as part of Charlie Battery, 2nd Low Altitude Air Defense Battalion, providing base security to forward operating bases Al-Taqaddum and Al-Habbaniyah in the Al-Anbar Province. In 2012 he assumed the duties of platoon sergeant for Transportation Services Company, CLB 23 until transferring in 2014 to the 2nd Civil Affairs Group in Washington, D.C.

Morgan Pinckney

Morgan Pinckney

Senior Event Services Specialist

About Morgan

Morgan supports most of LRG clients with detailed event planning, including venue selection and onsite logistics planning and execution while ensuring that each event stays within budget. She has supported events ranging in size from 40-person meetings to 2,400-person, multi-day conferences. Morgan has a bachelor’s degree in communication and a master’s degree in global communication, both from the George Washington University. Before joining LRG, Morgan worked as an administrative assistant at First Home Mortgage.