Trees lower air temperature by evaporating water in their leaves.
Danielle Crumrine, Executive Director
For more than ten years, Danielle has worked in various capacities in the Pittsburgh environmental community. In addition to serving as TreePittsburgh's Executive Director, she is a leader in the Urban Ecology Collaborative where she helped to lead such projects as MERGE: Methods to Engage Residents and Grassroots in the Environment, the Green Forum, and the first-ever Three Rivers Bioneers Conference.
Prior to joining Tree Pittsburgh in 2007, she was the founding Board President and Executive Director of Allegheny CleanWays, a group dedicated to empowering people to fight illegal dumping and littering in Allegheny County.
Danielle was recently named a top 40 under 40 environmental leader across the state of Pennsylvania by the PA Environmental Council, and in 2011, she was elected to the Board of Directors the Alliance for Community Trees - the only national organization solely focused on the needs of those engaged in urban forestry.
Matthew Erb, Director of Urban Forestry
As the Director of Urban Forestry, Matt manages many of Tree Pittsburgh's urban forestry programs including planting, tree care and the implementation of the Pittsburgh Urban Forest Master Plan. He has a BS in Forestry from Penn State University, is an ISA Certified Arborist and an ISA Municipal Specialist. Since 2009 he has served on the Pittsburgh Shade Tree Commission. He sits on the baord of directors for the Pennsylvania Delaware Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture. In 2015, he was elected President of the Pennsylvania Urban and Community Forestry Council.
Jake Milofsky, Director of Tree Care and Reforestation.
Jake joined Tree Pittsburgh in the summer of 2011 to act as Tree Care and Restoration Coordinator and now serves as the organization's Director of Tree Care and Reforestation. Jake's responsibilities are to work closely with community members, the City of Pittsburgh, and industry partners to facilitate tree care activities in the field. Jake also provides technical support for communities interested in conducting ecological restoration activities in their local green spaces.
A Squirrel Hill native, Jake received a BA in Environmental Studies from Bucknell University and a Master's in Environmental Horticulture with a Certificate in Ecological Restoration from the University of Washington in Seattle. Jake is an ISA certified arborist. Previously, Jake has worked as a Program Coordinator with SCA and a Field Ecologist with the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy. In his spare time, Jake likes to juggle and work on DIY construction projects.
Joe Stavish, Community Education Coordinator
As Community Education Coordinator, Joe develops and implements all educational programming and outreach initiatives to educate and engage City residents around tree care, planting, and advocacy. He will continue to build community relationships that promote and support Tree Tenders across City neighborhoods. Joe maintains the teacher resources page and provides monthly educational articles.
A resident of Butler County, Joe received a BS in Natural Resource Management from Slippery Rock University with an emphasis in Environmental Education. Previously, Joe worked as Education Director at Powdermill Nature Reserve, the 2,200 acre field research station of Carnegie Museum of Natural History. He has enjoyed employment with the Audubon Society of Western Pennsylvania and the Allegheny County Parks Department.
Joe is a published wildlife artist and an avid vegetable gardener. His favorite superhero is the hulk.
Megan Higgins Palomo, Nursery Manager
As Nursery Manager, Megan is responsible for developing and managing all aspects of Tree Pittsburgh's Tree Nursery, which works to address the issue of forest biodiversity by growing a diverse tree stock for local plantings and ecosystem restoration efforts. Megan is leading the physical expansion of the nursery operation as well as tree production and sales. She also leads the nursery volunteer program and manages part-time nursery staff. Working collaboratively with other Tree Pittsburgh staff, Megan oversees all propagation efforts. From seed collection to the continued production of nursery stock, she works to ensure the highest quality standards by using current best management practices.
Prior to joining Tree Pittsburgh in November 2014, Megan served as the Business Development and Design manager at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens where she led the organization's sustainability consulting initiatives. Megan learned the nursery trade by working alongside her father for many years at their family-owned nursery business, Michael Brothers in West Deer, Pa. She earned her B.S. in Landscape Architecture with a concentration in Horticulture from Cornell University in 2007, and is a LEED-accredited professional.
Kevin Gieder, Chief Financial Officer
Kevin joined Tree Pittsburgh in November 2011 as a result of our participation in “The Environmental Finance Collaborative,” a collaborative model that will provide five environmental organizations with high level strategic and operational financial expertise via a shared Chief Financial Officer. Our partners in this initiative are Bike Pittsburgh, Construction Junction, GTECH Strategies and Nine Mile Run Watershed Association.
Kevin is responsible for providing operational financial expertise and oversight, budgeting and business planning, support for the Finance Committee of the Board and the adoption of best practices in financial management.
Prior to joining Tree Pittsburgh, Kevin spent 10 years with H.J. Heinz Company World Headquarters in a variety of Finance roles and 7 years in the audit practice of a regional CPA firm. He is a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University with a BS in Real Estate Finance. Additionally, Kevin serves as the Vice President of the Board of PICT. He is a founding member of the East End Supper Club.
Nicole Moga, Operations Manager
Nicole was hired in 2013 and she runs a tight ship! Her primary responsibility is to ensure that business operations are efficient in terms of using as few resources as needed and effective in terms of meeting organizational requirements. She has six years of experience in community development, nonprofit management support, and grassroots organizing to share with Tree Pittsburgh. A Tree Tender since 2009, she has helped plant over 100 new street trees in her home neighborhood of Troy Hill, along with spearheading many other community initiatives there. Nicole is passionate about the environment and her favorite tree is the giant Norway spruce in her backyard.
In 2004, she earned a BAS in Graphic Design from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh and worked for years as a designer. When Nicole is not busy at work or volunteering, you can find her running with her dog, Ava, and renting boats to people through her new business, Boat Pittsburgh.
Maggie Graham, Communications Coordinator
Maggie joined Tree Pittsburgh in November of 2012. As Communications Coordinator, she is responsible for all Tree Pittsburgh communications, including social media and press inquiries.
Maggie came to Pittsburgh in the fall of 2010 to participate in the Pittsburgh Urban Leadership Service Experience. PULSE cultivates a community of servant leaders to transform Pittsburgh by placing talented university graduates at nonprofits throughout the city for a year service and professional development. Maggie now works as a communication consultant, helping nonprofits further their missions online.
In addition to her work with nonprofits, Maggie is an avid knitter and baker and if she's not in the kitchen, she's at PNC Park cheering on the Pirates. She has a BA in Public Relations and Sociology.
Rachel King, Program Assistant
As a Program Asssitant, Rachel is partnering with Tree Pittsburgh as a PULSE (Pittsburgh Urban Leadership Service Experience) fellow for the next year. PULSE partners recent university graduates with local nonprofits for a year of service and leadership, allowing young servant leaders to engage in the community and invest their time and energy in transforming Pittsburgh.
Native to Northwest Ohio, Rachel recently graduated from Eastern Mennonite University with a BS in Biology. During her time at EMU, she participated in a year of research on green chemistry education and also served as a Student Government Association Senator, an academic tutor, and as the Pre-Professional Health Sciences Co-President.
Rachel enjoys spending her free time playing board games and sports with friends, reading, and doing crafts.