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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.

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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.

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Mona Cummings

Mona Cummings

San Joaquin Valley Representative

Mona N. Cummings has been the CEO of Tree Fresno since October 2019. Mona has experience in natural resource conservation, organizational development, and the building of meaningful partnerships.

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Emina Darakjy

Emina Darakjy

LA and Orange County Representative

Emina Darakjy is a community volunteer and sits on the board of the Independent Citizen’s Advisory and Oversight Committee of the Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority as well as the board of the Pasadena Center Operating Company.

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Matt Deines

Matt Deines

Board member

As a Senior Planner at UC Irvine, Matt is involved in the management of the campus urban forest including volunteer tree planting and reforestation efforts due to a shot hole borer infestation.

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David A. Duncan

David A. Duncan

Past President

A life-long fascination with things natural that make up the “outside world” drove me to be part of that world experientially & educationally. Involvement politically came through Board governance. 

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Anne Fenker

Anne Fenker

Sacramento Valley Representative

Anne is a project developer for Davey Resource Group and works with communities throughout the west to help them achieve their vegetation management goals. 

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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. 

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Sarah Gaskin

Sarah Gaskin

Board Member

Sarah is an Executive at A Plus Tree, Inc and has been in the tree care industry for over 10 years. She’s a Registered Consulting Arborist, Certified Arborist, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science from the University of California, Berkeley. 

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Daniel Kump

Daniel Kump

Board President

Daniel has been a Certified Arborist since 2008 and is District Manager of The Davey Tree Experts R/C office, located in San Diego. 

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Elizabeth Lanham

Elizabeth Lanham

Bay Area Representative

Ms. Lanham has been with Davey Resource Group since 2014 and works as a Project Manager for Northern California. She oversees the success of many Urban Forestry-related projects, including tree inventories, tree protection for construction, urban tree risk assessments, and other arborist monitoring and reporting projects. 

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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. 

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Nancy Sappington

Nancy Sappington

Inland Representative

Ms. Sappington has helped produce more than 25 urban forest management plans for organizations including municipalities, universities, and nonprofit foundations throughout California. 

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Magen Shaw

Magen Shaw

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. 

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Emily Spillett

Emily Spillett

Past 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 of professional experience working with utility forestry, urban forestry, land use planning, and natural resource management issues. 

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Jenn Yost

Jenn Yost

Central Coast Representative

Dr. Jenn Yost is a professor of botany at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo where she works with the Urban Forest Ecosystem Institute. Jenn studies plant evolution, trees in the urban forest, plant responses to climate change, and invasive species. 

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