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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.

Representatives

Robert Blum

Robert Blum

Board Member

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. Through my practice, I have come to understand the importance and benefits of urban forests, the complex issues and interests that are involved, and the many ways they affect our lives in California.

Laura Burnett

Laura Burnett

Board Member

For 30 years Laura Burnett has practiced planning and design of urban communities, parks, campuses, transit-oriented facilities, and regional open space networks where infrastructure, buildings, and landscape are a coordinated whole. Ms. Burnett has professional degrees from Colorado State University and Harvard Graduate School of Design. She is a fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects, an accredited professional of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, and is a licensed landscape architect.

David A. Duncan

David A. Duncan

Past President

A life-long fascination of things natural that make up the “outside world” drove me to be part of that world experientially and educationally. Involvement politically came through Board governance. I have a keen interest in birds including issues around habitat and species sustainability. Working in habitats has furthered my interest in trees as integral elements of the environmental landscape.

Jason Evans

Jason Evans

Board Member

Jason progressed from his first tree climber position to an ISA Certified Arborist® for a small tree company. What started as a small gig turned into a career Jason is incredibly passionate about. As a district manager with Davey, Jason is devoted to maintain the health and safety of your trees, so you can enjoy their benefits for years to come.

Isby Fleischmann

Isby Fleischmann

Board Member

Isby Fleischmann is a Senior Associate at PlaceWorks with over ten years of experience in landscape planning and design, and community outreach. Isby manages urban greening, urban forestry, and open space and park master plans for agencies and organizations throughout California.

Connie Gallippi

Connie Gallippi

Board Member

Ms. Gallippi is the Founder and Executive Director of BitGive. Previously, Connie worked with environmental organizations in California for over 14 years, specializing in consulting, strategy development, policy and advocacy, funding assistance, and program management. Most notably, her work included the development and implementation of multi-million dollar programs in public funding for urban forestry, urban greening, and stormwater programs.

Gordon Mann

Gordon Mann

Board Member

I am a consulting arborist and trainer living in Auburn, CA, with 40 years of municipal tree management, public administration, and urban forestry experience. I am passionate about the role of trees as community infrastructure, and performing tree work to industry standards and best practices using well-written specifications. The trees in our communities do not recognize boundaries, cannot move, and contribute to a high quality of life where people live. We only gain the benefits by growing trees.  Just planting trees doesn’t work if they don’t grow.

Keene Simonds

Keene Simonds

Board Member

Responsible for administering the day-to-day business of Marin LAFCO and its regulatory and planning duties under State law in Marin County.

Emily Spillet

Emily Spillet

President

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 professional experience working with utility forestry, urban forestry, land use planning, and natural resource management issues. Emily holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Forest Biology from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry. Currently, she acting president of the California Urban Forest Council and a member and volunteer for the Western Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture. She is an ISA Certified Arborist (WE-6702A).

Tom Story

Tom Story

Board Member

Tom Story has a long association with urban forestry in Southern California.

Greg Tarver Jr.

Greg Tarver Jr.

Board Member

Gregory has been working in urban forestry and arboriculture for over 14 years in management, research, and education.  He has developed a specialty working in grassroots organizing, collaborative partnerships, greening advocacy and education in underserved communities. He focuses a good portion of his time on developing career technical training (CTE) curriculum and supporting partnerships that engage youth and young adults in urban environmental education and green jobs training.