Board members are vital in directing and assisting the organization in meeting its fundraising and program goals. The CaUFC board is made up of individuals who are passionate about trees, dedicated to the cause of urban forestry and value the social and community building benefits that serving the organization brings.
I am an attorney who has practiced law in San Francisco for more than 30 years. Throughout my career, I have especially enjoyed my representation of clients who are active in vegetation management and tree care.
Board President & LA OC Representative
Gordon Matassa represents the Bay Area Region as the chair of the Bay Area Urban Forest Ecosystem Council. He is the Urban Forestry Project Coordinator for the City of Oakland, where he does everything from helping nonprofits plant trees to developing Oakland’s first urban forest plan.
Ms. Sappington has helped produce more than 25 urban forest management plans for organizations including municipalities, universities, and nonprofit foundations throughout California.
Meha Senthil is passionate about the environment and is currently working on a circular economy initiative to provide reusable food serviceware to schools.
San Diego Representative
Magen Matison Shaw – Representing the San Diego Region. Magen has been a certified arborist since 2015 and obtained the TRAQ certification in 2017.
Ms. Spillett is a Program Manager for Davey Resource Group’s Western Region Urban Forestry Program. She joined the DRG Team in 2001 as a consulting forester and has over 17 years of professional experience working with utility forestry, urban forestry, land use planning, and natural resource management issues.