California ReLeaf Announces New Board Member

Catherine Martineau, Executive Director of Canopy, joins the California ReLeaf Board of Directors

Sacramento, Calif. – The California ReLeaf Board of Directors elected its newest member Catherine Martineau at its January meeting.  The election of Ms. Martineau strengthens the Board’s local perspective and connection to the ReLeaf Network, which supports grassroots organizations throughout the state.

Martineau is Executive Director of Canopy, in Palo Alto, and has been an active member of the California ReLeaf Network since 2004.  In her role as Executive Director of Canopy, she has drawn on her professional experience as well as her personal interest in community service, education and the environment.  “I immediately realized how important California ReLeaf was going to be for me in my role, for Canopy, and for California’s urban forestry movement” said Martineau.  Catherine holds a doctoral degree (ABD) in economic theory, a master’s degree in mathematical economics, and a bachelor’s degree in international economics from the University of Paris.  “California ReLeaf’s guidance, funding, and resources, have helped me grow Canopy from a Palo Alto-centric tree organization to a more regional environmental agency with expanding program, ambitious goals, and an impact that will last for decades”.

“The staff and Board are honored to welcome Catherine” said Joe Liszewski, Executive Director of California ReLeaf, and “we look forward to working with her as our organization address critical issues throughout the state”.  Catherine joins a robust Board of Directors which also recently welcomed Dr. Desiree Backman of the Public Health Institute and Dr. Matt Ritter, author of A Californian’s Guide to the Trees Among Us and Professor of Biology at Cal Poly University, San Luis Obispo.

California ReLeaf is an alliance of community-based groups, individuals, industry, and government agencies.  Members improve the livability of cities and protect the environment by planting and caring for trees, and the state’s urban and community forests.