Meet Our Team

Waterloo Outdoor Design Team


Marian Mayer


Marian moved to Austin 20 years ago, with the dream and desire to discover this city and all of its weird and wonderful things. Coming from Houston, Marian soon recognized the vast differences in landscapes, topography and use of space, with the more arid, hot climate.

The smaller city and tight knit community in Austin also held a different, more welcoming vibe than the big city. Through volunteer efforts with non-profits and the art community in town, Marian quickly embraced the beauty of the outdoors in Austin. This lead to a passion to create and build beautiful spaces and to draw people and pets outside, to enjoy this eccentric and fascinating city.

In 2009, Marian utilized her varied skill sets, including business, technology and finance to form a company focused on changing the outdoor space and environment for residents and business owners in the city. Honing in on the importance and beauty of using native plants, locally sourced materials and water wise designs, Marian and her team work to create and define beautiful, smart spaces.

With a small family of her own, Marian understands the value of enhancing outdoor spaces for children, friends and loved ones. With a focus on solid customer service, efficient follow up and follow through, and ensuring the best possible results, Marian recognizes the importance of continuous refinement and an open eye to innovative change. Marian brings her love of people, places and plants, into each and every unique project. A foodie and home-chef to two small children, Marian works to maintain a team with a culture of respect, dignity and solid work ethic.

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Natalie Godfrey


Natalie is originally from southeast Massachusetts, but she recently moved to Austin after spending her college years in Savannah, GA. Although she wouldn’t trade the unique nature of Austin, she does miss being right by the ocean. Growing up with a designer mom helped Natalie explore all her passions and diversify her own design and art abilities. While in college, she studied a wide variety of design forms including graphic design, interior design, industrial design, and jewelry. Natalie finally settled on a concentration and graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design with her Bachelor’s in Sound Design. Natalie is currently attending Texas A&M University online to finish her master’s degree in Business Administration. Natalie is also an avid gardener and fills her apartment with succulents, herbs, vegetables, and flowers. She also enjoys reading, crafting, and exploring the local walking trails with her two dogs.

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Jessica Acton


Jessica joined the Waterloo team in November 2019. As the Administrative Director, one of her main responsibilities is supporting the success of our design firm. Jessica has a natural ability to anticipate the needs of others and provide on-the-fly solutions. With her positive attitude and excellent organizational skills, Jessica manages all the day-to-day administrative duties of the firm and acts as the liaison to maintain open communication between our clients and the design team. Other avenues in which Jessica specializes include; office operation and procedures, drafting contracts, maintaining financial accounts, as well as developing efficient processes to deliver the best possible service to our clients.

Outside of work, Jessica enjoys spending time with her family. She loves maintaining her small garden, going on long hikes, and taking trips to the lake.