Susannah Burley, Founder & Executive Director

Susannah Burley has a Master’s of Landscape Architecture degree from Louisiana State University. From 2012-2016, she served as Program Director at Parkway Partners, a New Orleans-based non-profit, where she oversaw the ReLeaf tree planting program, the urban farms/community gardens program, schoolyard garden program, incubated their green infrastructure program, and hosted eighty four hours of community environmental education. She is a member of the Greater New Orleans Water Collaborative, serves on the board of Friends of Lafitte Greenway, and is passionate about working collaboratively with communities in driving resilient environmental change.

In 2016 she founded SOUL in order to strategically reforest New Orleans at a meaningful scale and as a system.

Susannah loves film, art, music, the outdoors, cooking, and traveling. She is married with a 7 year-old son, and a 25-year-old stepson, and a German Shepherd named Bernie.

You can reach Susannah by emailing her at or calling 504 616 6888.

Catherine Wheeler, Program and Outreach Coordinator

Catherine Wheeler joined the SOUL team after several years as a volunteer, both as a Block Captain and on planting days. Born and raised in Seattle, she has environmentalism and equality as core pillars of her being. Catherine holds a B.A. in Art History from the University of Southern California, as well as a degree from the International Culinary Institute in Classic French Pastry Arts. She worked for a number of years as an Administrative Assistant at The Museum of Modern Art in New York City, where she helped mount two major exhibitions Diego Rivera: Murals for the Museum of Modern Art and Inventing Abstraction: 1910-1925. With a long background in the hospitality industry, she loves talking with people, especially about trees and how they can positively help our communities. 

Catherine can be reached at or by calling or texting 504 264 2443