1. A Brilliant Blend of Ideas

    an interview with Rick Mathews Founder and President, Madrone Landscapes, Inc. What is/was your relationship to ReLeaf? 1993 Network member with the Atascadero Native Tree Association Advisory Committee 1997 – It was after Occidental College Retreat I applied but didn’t get voted on right away. I stayed on into incorporation....
  2. Unintended Consequences

    an interview with Genevieve Cross Business Consultant/Entrepreneur  I work with a diverse group of businesses and non-profit organizations. An example is a current partner that builds solar projects, mostly in island settings, to reduce the cost of electricity in markets where power rates are unusually high due to lack of...
  3. A Crucial Component

    an interview with Sandra Macias Retired – Urban & Community Forestry Manager, USFS Pacific Southwest Region What is/was your relationship to ReLeaf? From 1999 to 2014, I served as the liaison between California ReLeaf and the US Forest Service. During that time, I advocated for California ReLeaf at the Forest...
  4. A Valid Response

    an interview with Jane Bender Retired from Santa Rosa City Council Chair of Habitat for Humanity, Sonoma County Incoming President, Climate Protection campaign, Sonoma County What is/was your relationship to ReLeaf? In 1990, we completed the Plant the Trail project, which was so big it caught the eye of California...
  5. Wilder and Woollier

    an interview with Nancy Hughes Executive Director, California Urban Forests Council What is/was your relationship to ReLeaf? I’ve been involved since the start in some capacity. Formerly, I represented People for Trees from San Diego, which began the same year as ReLeaf, 1989, and was a founding member. Around that...
  6. California ReLeaf Represents Advocacy

    an interview with Rhonda Berry Founding Director, Our City Forest What is/was your relationship to ReLeaf? I worked as staff for California ReLeaf from 1989 – 1991 in San Francisco. In 1991, I began work in San Jose to start an urban forest nonprofit. Our City Forest incorporated as a...
  7. Access to Advocacy

    an interview with Jim Geiger Life Coach and Owner, Summit Leader Coaching What is/was your relationship to ReLeaf? At the time California ReLeaf was formed in 1989, I was the State’s Urban Forester working as Urban Forestry Program Manager for the California Department of Forestry (CAL FIRE). I worked at CAL...
  8. A Network of Compadres

    an interview with Ellen Bailey Retired, worked most recently as a Gang Prevention Specialist What is/was your relationship to ReLeaf? Initially, Jane Bender and I met in a volunteer group called Beyond War in Sonoma County that worked toward peace and conflict resolution. After the Berlin Wall fell, Beyond War...
  9. Resonating Solidarity

    an interview with Ray Tretheway Executive Director, Sacramento Tree Foundation What is/was your relationship to ReLeaf? The Sacramento Tree Foundation was one of the original ten founding network groups when Isabel Wade started the alliance through Trust for Public Lands (TPL).   I served on the original Advisory Committee after...
  10. The Positive Impact of the Magnitude

    An interview with Andy Lipkis Founder and President, TreePeople TreePeople started their work in 1970 and incorporated as a nonprofit in 1973. What is/was your relationship to ReLeaf? My relationship with California ReLeaf started when I met Isabel Wade in 1970. Isabel was interested in community-based urban forestry and she...
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