We support grassroots efforts and build strategic partnerships that protect, enhance, and grow California’s urban and community forests.
California ReLeaf works statewide to promote alliances among community-based groups, individuals, industry, and government agencies, encouraging each to contribute to the livability of our cities and the protection of our environment by planting and caring for trees. California ReLeaf also serves as the State’s volunteer coordinator for urban forestry in partnership with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.
California ReLeaf envisions a vital network of grassroots groups working in partnership with each other, businesses, and local governments across the state. Through these efforts, an educated public treasures the value of the urban forest as integral to the quality of life, economic well‐being, and a sustainable global environment. Neighbors are motivated by an appreciation of the beauty and diversity that characterize California and have filled all communities with trees that live long, healthy lives.
“Trees, tree-planters, and everyone who breathes oxygen has a good friend in California ReLeaf. Professional, passionate staff team making an impact from policy and advocacy, to grantmaking and getting trees into the ground.”-Ventura Green
Since joining ReLeaf in 2014, Cindy has prioritized urban forest grant programs that best support under-resourced urban communities, where trees are needed most. The goal is to build capacity and ensure that all California communities are deeply involved in planting and stewarding urban forest projects.
This capacity building focus has led to supporting new community partnerships, providing more webinars, and one-on-one support of grant applicants and awardees. A complementary program for community development through trees is ReLeaf’s work on an educational initiative via community colleges to provide outreach and accessible training for professional tree care jobs.
Cindy currently serves on the Sustainable Urban Forest Council’s Research Committee, the Alliance of Regional Collaboratives for Climate Adaptation (ARRCA) and CAL FIRE’s Community and Urban Forest Advisory Committee (CUFAC). Her previous experience includes 6 years at Sacramento Tree Foundation, 10 years at Tandem Computers as well as various community volunteer positions related to children, schools, and art. She has a BA from Rice University and an MBA from Georgia State University.
cblain[at]californiareleaf.org • (916) 497-0034
Grants & Public Policy Manager
Living in the City of Trees, Victoria is passionate about creating equitable public health outcomes by increasing and maintaining green infrastructure and a healthy tree canopy. As a community organizer with Sacramento Tree Foundation, she worked to connect community leaders in high pollution census tracts with resources and civic leaders. Victoria’s focus on collaboration amongst a wide variety of partners and grantees helped to implement greenhouse gas reduction grants and prioritize tree plantings at schools, places of worship, residences, parking lots, and parks.
Victoria currently serves as the Vice Chair of the City of Sacramento Parks and Community Enrichment Commission, as a Girl Scout Troop Leader, and on the Board of Directors for Project Lifelong, a nonprofit that supports youth development in non-traditional outdoor sports — for example skateboarding, hiking, skim boarding, and surfing.
vvasquez[at]californiareleaf.org • (916) 497-0035
Education & Communications Program Manager
Megan comes to California ReLeaf with over 15 years of education program management experience. Born and raised in Southern California, Megan started her career with the National Park Service as an Interpretive Park Ranger and has worked in developing and growing education programs for county government and non-profit museums, historic sites, and parks across California. She is passionate about environmental stewardship and building healthy communities, which drew her to California ReLeaf.
Although new to the Urban Forest community, Megan’s background and experience in public education and community engagement make her an excellent fit for the position. Megan currently lives in West Sacramento, and in her free time, you can find her hiking, biking, and camping.
mdukett[at]californiareleaf.org • (916) 497-0037
Urban Forestry Consultant
Kelaine Ravdin is an urban ecologist with Urban Ecos whose work focuses on recognizing and maximizing the role of nature in achieving sustainability. She has a background in forestry and landscape architecture and has pursued research in these fields as a Fulbright Scholar in Berlin and with the U.S. Forest Service. In her current work, she offers ecological and technological consulting to make our cities greener, more sustainable, and more environmentally sound. Kelaine has worked with California ReLeaf in a variety of roles since 2008 and is currently enjoying working with grantees to bring their projects to life.
“As a grantee, we had a wonderful experience partnering with California ReLeaf. The organization was a great mentor in guiding us through the grant process. We feel empowered to now go out and apply for various grants based on this wonderful experience.”–Rancho San Buenaventura Conservation Trust
Board of Directors
“California ReLeaf was instrumental in the success of Tree Fresno because it gave us the guidance, technical advice and financial support that we so desperately needed when we were starting.”– Susan Stiltz, Tree Fresno