Director of Hilltop Arboretum
11885 Highland Road
Tara Titone serves as Director of the LSU Hilltop Arboretum. Tara has over 20 years’ experience working in the private, public and nonprofit sector. From her time spent between landscape architecture firms in New York, NY, Fort Lauderdale, FL, and Baton Rouge, LA, she has specialized in leadership, fundraising, community outreach and sustainable design. She received a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture Degree from Louisiana State University.
Previously, Tara served as Director of Finance and Economic Development and Chief Operating Officer of Build Baton Rouge, where she directed all agency operations and oversaw the design and implementation of community-driven programs and master plans.
Tara enjoys interacting with a wide array of stakeholders, community partners and volunteers, as well as design professionals and consultants, as she believes that exceptional spaces require the thoughtful assembly of diverse perspectives, experiences and expertise.
She will oversee the nationally-recognized Hilltop facility for research, teaching and service activities and assist the Friends of Hilltop Arboretum with fundraising for operational support and educational programs to engage the broader community.