Mission

Tree Pitts­burgh is an envi­ron­men­tal non-prof­it orga­ni­za­tion ded­i­cat­ed to enhanc­ing com­mu­ni­ty vital­i­ty by restor­ing and pro­tect­ing the urban for­est through tree plant­i­ng and care, edu­ca­tion, advo­ca­cy, and land con­ser­va­tion. Tree Pitts­burgh is a reg­is­tered 501( c )3.

Vision

Our vision is to cre­ate a healthy urban for­est for all by inspir­ing and engag­ing peo­ple to main­tain, plant, and pro­tect trees. We believe that all peo­ple have the right to ben­e­fit from the many health, envi­ron­men­tal, and social ben­e­fits that trees pro­vide. A green­er city will cre­ate more vital com­mu­ni­ties for gen­er­a­tions to come.

History

Grow­ing out of cit­i­zen con­cern for the health and well­be­ing of the City’s urban for­est, mem­bers of the Pitts­burgh Shade Tree Com­mis­sion orga­nized Tree Pitts­burgh, for­mer­ly Friends of the Pitts­burgh Urban For­est, in 2006 to car­ry out fundrais­ing, edu­ca­tion, and stew­ard­ship activ­i­ties aimed at restor­ing and pro­tect­ing Pitts­burgh’s trees.

Key Mile­stones in our his­to­ry:

1995 — Carnegie Mel­lon report, Pitts­burgh’s Urban For­est: Plant­i­ng for the Future, is pub­lished, out­lin­ing the declin­ing state of the urban for­est and need for action
1998 — Pitts­burgh Shade Tree Com­mis­sion (PTSC) re-estab­lished
2005 — PTSC com­mis­sions City of Pitts­burgh Street Tree Inven­to­ry and Man­age­ment Plan
2005 — PTSC launch­es ear­ly stages of the Tree Ten­der pro­gram
2006 — PTSC estab­lish­es Tree Pitts­burgh
2007 — Tree Pitts­burgh pub­lish­es an iTree Streets report based on 2005 Street Tree Inven­to­ry, quan­ti­fy­ing the ben­e­fits that trees pro­vide and estab­lish­ing a cost ben­e­fit analy­sis for its care
2007 — Tree Pitts­burgh takes over Tree Ten­der pro­gram
2008 — Tree­Vi­tal­ize Pitts­burgh is launched at the West­ern PA Con­ser­van­cy in part­ner­ship with Tree Pitts­burgh, City of Pitts­burgh, Alleghe­ny Coun­ty, and PA DCNR
2010 — Urban Tree Canopy Analy­sis com­plet­ed for Alleghe­ny Coun­ty
2010 — Tree Pitts­burgh estab­lish­es the Her­itage Nurs­ery, a nurs­ery where all trees are grown from local­ly col­lect­ed seed
2011 — Tree Pitts­burgh leads the cre­ation of the City of Pitts­burgh Urban For­est Mas­ter Plan, a 20-year road map aimed at pro­tect­ing and restor­ing the City’s tree canopy
2015 — West­ern PA Con­ser­van­cy and PTSC updat­ed the City’s street tree inven­to­ry and man­age­ment plan
2017 — Tree Pitts­burgh com­mis­sions a new tree canopy analy­sis 2006–2016 which shows a loss of 10,000 acres of tree canopy across Alleghe­ny Coun­ty
2018 — Tree Pitts­burgh breaks ground on its new cam­pus on the Alleghe­ny Riv­er in Lawrenceville that includes the Her­itage Tree Nurs­ery, offices, work­shops, edu­ca­tion cen­ter, and out­door class­room

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    Favorite Tree

    East­ern hem­lock
    (Tsuga canaden­sis)

Danielle Crumrine
Executive Director

For over 15 years, Danielle has worked in various capacities in the Pittsburgh environmental community. She has served as Tree Pittsburgh’s Executive Director for 10 years where she has led the organization through significant growth — including their current effort to transform a former steel mill site into Tree Pittsburgh’s headquarters, including a tree nursery, education center, and office building.

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 named a top 40 under 40 envi­ron­men­tal leader across the state of Penn­syl­va­nia by the PA Envi­ron­men­tal Coun­cil, and in 2011, she was a Board mem­ber for the Alliance for Com­mu­ni­ty Trees — the only nation­al orga­ni­za­tion sole­ly focused on the needs of those engaged in urban forestry. In 2015, as ACTrees Pres­i­dent, she led the merg­er of ACTrees with the Arbor Day Foun­da­tion where she now sits on the Board of Trustees.

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    Favorite Tree

    Nor­way maple
    (Acer pla­tanoides)

Matthew Erb
Director of Urban Forestry

As Director of Urban Forestry, Matt manages many of Tree Pittsburgh’s urban forestry programs including the implementation of the Urban Forest Master Plan. In his 10 years at Tree Pittsburgh, he has created numerous programs and executed the first installation of Silva Cells in Pennsylvania. He is an International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Certified Arborist and an ISA Municipal Specialist with a degree in urban forestry.

Since 2009 he has served on the Pitts­burgh Shade Tree Com­mis­sion. He served as the Pres­i­dent of the Penn­syl­va­nia Urban and Com­mu­ni­ty Forestry Coun­cil and is the for­mer Trea­sur­er of the Pen­nDel ISA.

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    Favorite Tree

    Black gum
    (Nys­sa syl­vat­i­ca)

Jake Milofsky
Director of Tree Care and Reforestation

As Director of Tree Care and Reforestation, Jake oversees tree maintenance operations in the field. Working with volunteer groups and seasonal staff, Jake coordinates projects to keep street trees healthy in commercial and industrial portions of the city where there is little Tree Tender support.

In res­i­den­tial areas where there is Tree Ten­der sup­port, Jake works direct­ly with neigh­bor­hood Tree Ten­ders to sched­ule and sup­port their com­mu­ni­ties’ tree care through reg­u­lar events like Mulching Par­ties and Prun­ing Work­shops.

Jake is also in charge of Tree Pitts­burgh’s refor­esta­tion projects along green­ways where the tree canopy has been impact­ed by inva­sive species. To advance these projects, Jake orga­nizes vol­un­teers and staff to plant new trees and main­tain these sites.

Jake holds a BA in Envi­ron­men­tal Stud­ies from Buck­nell Uni­ver­si­ty and a Mas­ter’s Degree in Envi­ron­men­tal Hor­ti­cul­ture and Eco­log­i­cal Restora­tion from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Wash­ing­ton in Seat­tle.

Jake is an ISA Cer­ti­fied Arborist and an active mem­ber of the Pennsylvania/Delaware Chap­ter of the ISA.

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    Favorite Tree

    White Oak
    (Quer­cus alba)

Joe Stavish
Community Education Manager

Joe helps to coordinate the Tree Tender Certification courses for adults as well as many youth programs in the community. Joe schedules and/or teaches many programs including garden club talks, visits to schools, summer camps, hosting scout programs, tabling at festivals, leading tree identification walks, and hosting nursery tours. He has presented at national and regional conferences including the Arbor Day Foundation’s Partners in Community Forestry Conference, and the Pennsylvania Delaware chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects. He has instructed facilities and grounds crew trainings at universities including Carnegie Mellon University, Chatham University, and the University of Pittsburgh. He is passionate about nature and incorporates insects, birds, amphibians, and mammals into many of the programs he facilitates.
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    Favorite Tree

    Kat­sura tree
    (Cer­cidi­phyl­lum japon­icum)

Megan Higgins Palomo
Heritage Nursery Director

As Nursery Manager, Megan is responsible for developing and managing all aspects of Tree Pittsburgh’s Heritage Nursery, which works to address the issue of forest biodiversity by growing a diverse tree stock for local plantings and ecosystem restoration efforts. Megan oversees all propagation and sales efforts, and manages the nursery volunteer program. 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.

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    Favorite Tree

    Catal­pa
    (Catal­pa)

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 and effective, and foster a productive work environment. When annual fundraising events are scheduled, she helps to plan, organize, and provide logistical support. her creative flair shines in our shop, where she has curated and designed logo merchandise sold to support Tree Pittsburgh programming.

She brings eight years of expe­ri­ence in com­mu­ni­ty devel­op­ment, non­prof­it man­age­ment, and grass­roots orga­niz­ing to Tree Pitts­burgh. A Tree Ten­der since 2009,  she has helped to plant over 100 new street trees in her home neigh­bor­hood of Troy Hill and was our Vol­un­teer of the Year in 2010. Nicole is pas­sion­ate about envi­ron­men­tal jus­tice and her favorite tree is the catal­pa (espe­cial­ly the ones on the riv­er trail).

She earned a BAS in Graph­ic Design from the Art Insti­tute of Pitts­burgh in 2004 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 busi­ness Boat Pitts­burgh. She also serves as the sec­re­tary of the Pitts­burgh Safe Boat­ing Coun­cil and has been an active mem­ber since 2014.

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    Favorite Tree

    Palm tree
    (Are­caceae)

Kelsey Small
Chief Financial Officer

Kelsey Small is the shared Chief Financial Officer for the Environmental Finance Collaborative with financial responsibilities for five organizations: Allegheny County Conservation District, Construction Junction, Grounded, Nine Mile Run Watershed Association and Tree Pittsburgh. Kelsey is responsible for providing operational financial expertise and oversight, budgeting and business planning, and adoption of best practices in financial management.

Most recent­ly Kelsey was the Inter­im Direc­tor of Finance and Admin­is­tra­tion for the Carnegie Muse­um of Art, where she over­saw finan­cial, fundrais­ing, and orga­ni­za­tion­al plan­ning ini­tia­tives. Kelsey holds a Mas­ter of Arts Man­age­ment Degree from Carnegie Mel­lon Uni­ver­si­ty and a Bachelor’s degree in Busi­ness from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Flori­da.

Out­side of the office, Kelsey enjoys explor­ing the city parks, bak­ing, and gar­den­ing.

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    Favorite Tree

    Sas­safras
    (Sas­safras albidum)

Maggie Aupperlee
Manager of Marketing and Communications

As Manager of Marketing and Communications, Maggie is responsible for all of Tree Pittsburgh’s communications including social media, press releases, and email newsletters. She also serves as support for all fundraising events including Arbor Aid. Maggie handles all event rentals and scheduling for our Riverfront Room on the Allegheny. She has been with Tree Pittsburgh since the fall of 2012.

Mag­gie came to Pitts­burgh in the fall of 2010 to par­tic­i­pate in the Pitts­burgh Urban Lead­er­ship Ser­vice Expe­ri­ence. She has spo­ken at local and nation­al con­fer­ences, includ­ing the Arbor Day Foun­da­tion’s Part­ners in Com­mu­ni­ty Forestry Con­fer­ence. A ded­i­cat­ed sup­port­er and vol­un­teer, she is a mem­ber of the Pitts­burgh Urban Lead­er­ship Ser­vice Expe­ri­ence Board of Direc­tors. She was named to The Incline’s Who’s Next in Com­mu­ni­ca­tions in Novem­ber 2016.

Out­side of the office, Mag­gie is a bak­er, knit­ter, and avid out­door­swoman. You can prob­a­bly find her camp­ing in Penn­syl­va­ni­a’s state parks.

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    Favorite Tree

    Sycamore
    (Pla­tanus occi­den­tal­is)

Kinsey Miller
Community Forester

Kinsey’s main responsibility as Tree Pittsburgh’s community forester is to provide technical urban forestry support to neighborhoods and municipalities across Allegheny County. Such support includes advocating for the value of urban trees, assisting communities with the development of strategic urban forestry plans, organizing tree ordinance workshops, advising and providing resources to shade tree commissions, and providing expertise on tree planting and care.

Kin­sey holds a BA in envi­ron­men­tal stud­ies and worked as an urban forestry spe­cial­ist and climb­ing arborist in the greater Philadel­phia area pri­or to join­ing the Tree Pitts­burgh team.

Out­side of work, Kin­sey enjoys danc­ing, cook­ing, fiber arts, and being out­doors!

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    Favorite Tree

    Birch
    (Betu­la)

Maura O’Neill
Director of Development and Communications

As Director of Development and Communications, Maura is responsible for overseeing fundraising, grant writing, communications and marketing at Tree Pittsburgh as well as helping to expand our education programs. Prior to Tree Pittsburgh, Maura managed fundraising and marketing programs at public media and health development organizations.
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    Favorite Tree

    Coastal Red­wood
    (Sequoia sem­per­virens)

Erin Gaughan
Volunteer and Special Events Coordinator

As Volunteer and Special Events Coordinator, Erin is responsible for overseeing the volunteers who help make the work of Tree Pittsburgh possible. She also organizes tree giveaways and other special events for the organization. Erin started with Tree Pittsburgh in 2014 as an intern. After her internship ended, she went on to have various environmental education roles throughout the city and has returned to Tree Pittsburgh to take on this new role.

Grow­ing up with woods as her back­yard, Erin has always felt a deep con­nec­tion with trees and strong­ly rec­og­nizes the ben­e­fits they pro­vide to all life. Her nat­ur­al curios­i­ty and work as a nat­u­ral­ist has led to her study of organ­isms that have strong rela­tion­ships with trees such as fun­gi, insects, and birds. Erin hopes to con­tin­ue devel­op­ing her nat­u­ral­ist skills and appre­ci­a­tion for trees as she helps the Tree Pitts­burgh team expand our urban tree canopy.

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    Favorite Tree

    Oak
    (Quer­cus)

Clara Kitongo
One Tree Per Child Program Coordinator

Clara joins Tree Pittsburgh as the Program Coordinator for One Tree Per Child. She is a Master of Public Policy Management graduate from the Heinz School of Public Policy and Information Systems at Carnegie Mellon University. If she looks familiar, that’s because Clara is actually rejoining our staff after completing her first internship here in 2010! Since then, she has gathered a diverse array of skills through her working career as a former teacher, sustainability fellow with the Student Conservation Association, program coordinator at CMU, and a policy intern with the City of Pittsburgh. She also supports local volunteer initiatives and is a certified Tree Tender with us! Clara is excited excited to take on this new program that will bring multiple stakeholders to the table to focus on the most important stakeholder: the children and the future of clear air in our city.

When she’s not at work, Clara loves to be out­doors. She loves to take walks in the park and ride her bike on a good sum­mer or fall evening. She is also an in-house musi­cian, so be on the look­out for some work from her soon!

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    Favorite Tree

    White oak
    (Quer­cus alba)

Oaklee
Events Specialist

Oaklee started at Tree Pittsburgh in the fall of 2017, helping with family story time at Arbor Aid and Pawpaw Fest. At Tree Pittsburgh, it’s Oaklee’s job to make events more fun. Some might say Oaklee is just a mascot, but we know Oaklee brings so much more to the organization. Be on the lookout for Oaklee at Tree Pittsburgh events around Allegheny County!

A native of the oak trees on Flagstaff Hill in Schen­ley Park, Oak­lee recent­ly moved to Lawrenceville to work for Tree Pitts­burgh. In their spare time, Oak­lee climbs trees, jumps fences, and eats nuts and berries.

Board of Directors

  • Anne Franks

    Pres­i­dent
    Exec­u­tive in Res­i­dence, Berg Cen­ter for Lead­er­ship in Ethics, Uni­ver­si­ty of Pitts­burgh

  • Michael Zimmerman

    Trea­sur­er
    Reg­u­la­to­ry Coun­sel, Duquesne Light Com­pa­ny

  • Frank DeFazio

    Direc­tor of Cus­tomer Expe­ri­ence & Dig­i­tal Mar­ket­ing, High­mark Diver­si­fied Ser­vices — Unit­ed Con­cor­dia Com­pa­nies Inc.

  • Mary Ellen Ramage

    Bor­ough Man­ag­er, Bor­ough of Etna

  • Maureen Matlock

    Vice Pres­i­dent
    Senior Accoun­tant, Greater Pitts­burgh YMCA

  • Isabela-Cajiao Angelelli, MD

    UPMC Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal of Pitts­burgh
    Direc­tor of Clin­i­cal Oper­a­tions ‑Pedi­atric Seda­tion Ser­vice

  • Tony Igwe

    Prin­ci­pal, Wade Trim

  • James Rooney

    Direc­tor, DICK’S Sport­ing Goods Foun­da­tion

  • Darla Cravotta

    Sec­re­tary
    Direc­tor of Com­mu­ni­ty Rela­tions and Spe­cial Projects, Alleghe­ny Coun­ty

  • Justin Berk

    Senior Com­mer­cial Real Estate Under­writer
    Dol­lar Bank, FSB

  • Courtney Patterson

    Mar­ket­ing Man­ag­er, Hôpi­tal Albert Schweitzer Haiti 

  • Teireik Willams

    Com­mu­ni­ty Jour­nal­ist, Cre­ate Lab at Carnegie Mel­lon Uni­ver­si­ty

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