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Eric Higbee

Eric Higbee
Executive Director

Eric Higbee is a licensed landscape architect and community organizer passionate about involving communities in the design of their public spaces. Eric is the first new Executive Director since founder Milenko Matanovic.



Milenko Matanovic

Milenko Matanovic
Founder & Executive Director Emeritus

By combining his talents as a thinker, educator and artist, Milenko strives to help communities become wiser by working together and uncovering new ways to push good ideas into action. After 30 years as Pomegranate’s Executive Director, he stepped into the role of Executive Director Emeritus in February of 2017. He will now focus on writing, talks, and consulting for Pomegranate.



Stephanie Ingram, Architect

Stephanie Ingram

Program Director

Stephanie joined Pomegranate Center with an interest in working with local communities to design and build meaningful public spaces.


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Janet Nelson

Finance Administrator

Janet works hard behind the scenes handling all things financial. After nearly 10 years with Pomegranate Center, she can’t imagine working anywhere else.


Katya Matanovic

Katya Matanovic

Katya is an trainer and organizer with a creative twist. She believes both big ideas and the smallest details need attention to make a great idea come to life.




Kait Heacock

Development and Communications Manager

Kait comes to Pomegranate Center most recently from a career in book publishing. As a former publicist, she is passionate about connecting people, whether it’s making sure the right books get into the right hands or creating networks of communities with Pomegranate Center. Kait is also an author (most recently of the short story collection Siblings and Other Disappointments), and looks forward to matching her writing skills with Pomegranate’s storytelling through art and design.