Laura Lawson serves as Executive Dean of the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences and Executive Director of the New Jersey Experiment Station. She joined Rutgers in 2010 as chair of the Department of Landscape Architecture and has served as the Faculty Director of Rutgers Gardens, Dean of Agriculture and Urban Programs, and Dean of Academic Programs at SEBS. Dr. Lawson is an established author and is known for her scholarship on urban agriculture, community gardens, open space, and participatory design. She is author of City Bountiful: A Century of Community Gardening in America (2005) and co-author of Greening Cities, Growing Communities: Urban Community Gardens in Seattle (2009) and Design as Democracy: Techniques for Collective Creativity (2017). She has numerous publications in academic journals, edited books, and popular media.