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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

Laura has recently joined the board of the California Urban Forests Council.

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 is an associate with the landscape architecture firm, Placeworks.

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 the environmental sector.

Gordon Mann

Gordon Mann

Board Member

I am a consulting arborist and trainer living in Auburn, CA, with 35 years of municipal tree management, public administration, and urban forestry experience. I am passionate about the role of trees as community infrastructure and utilizing quality specifications to promote high quality work. The trees in our communities do not recognize boundaries, and contribute to a high quality of life in populated areas. We gain the benefits by growing trees, not just planting them.

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 an Production Manager for the Western Region Urban Forestry Program. She joined the Davey Resource Group team in 2001 as a consulting forester. Ms. Spillett has over fourteen years professional experience working with utility forestry, urban forestry, land use planning, and natural resource management issues.
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

Greg has recently joined the board.