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. 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.
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
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.
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. Hailing from the home of Arbor Day, Nebraska, Matt has brought his enthusiasm for trees from the plains to southern California.
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.
Daniel has been a Certified Arborist since 2008 and is District Manager of The Davey Tree Experts R/C office, located in San Diego. He graduated from Purdue in 2005 with a degree in Forestry, with an area of specialization in International Resource Management. He began his career with Davey Tree as a climber in 2008, completed the Davey Institute of Tree Science course in 2009 and advanced into a sales and management role shortly thereafter. In his spare time when he is not helping clients with their trees, he enjoys surfing, yoga, hiking, fishing and spending quality time with his 3 kids. Daniel loves sharing his passion for trees and how they have the ability to heal and help us deal with a fast paced, environmentally challenged world.
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.
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).