Tree Pitts­burgh is an envi­ron­men­tal non-prof­it orga­ni­za­tion ded­i­cat­ed to enhanc­ing the City’s vital­i­ty by restor­ing and pro­tect­ing the urban for­est through tree main­te­nance, plant­i­ng, edu­ca­tion and advo­ca­cy. Tree Pitts­burgh is a reg­is­tered 501©3.


Our vision is to be a leader in cre­at­ing a healthy, attrac­tive and safe urban for­est by inspir­ing and engag­ing cit­i­zens to plant, main­tain and pro­tect trees. Trees pro­vide sub­stan­tial envi­ron­men­tal, social and eco­nom­ic ben­e­fits that great­ly enhance our qual­i­ty of life.


Tree Pitts­burgh was found­ed in 2006, grow­ing out of cit­i­zen con­cern for the health and well-being of Pittsburgh’s trees. Orig­i­nal­ly known as Friends of the Pitts­burgh Urban For­est, Tree Pitts­burgh changed its name and logo in 2010.


As an envi­ron­men­tal non-prof­it, Tree Pitts­burgh is ded­i­cat­ed to being a sus­tain­able orga­ni­za­tion.
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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 Coordinator

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

    Japan­ese maple
    (Shi­nobuga oka)

Kevin Gieder
Chief Financial Officer

Kevin joined Tree Pittsburgh in November 2011 as a result of the organization’s 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. Other 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 sev­en 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.

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    Favorite Tree

    Tulip poplar
    (Liri­o­den­dron tulip­ifera)

Rachel King
Program Assistant

Rachel came to Tree Pittsburgh through PULSE (Pittsburgh Urban Leadership Service Experience) as a one-year Fellow before joining the staff as a Program Assistant. PULSE partners recent university graduates with local non-profits 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 grad­u­at­ed from East­ern Men­non­ite Uni­ver­si­ty (EMU) in the Shenan­doah Val­ley 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 games and sports with friends, read­ing, cook­ing, and doing crafts.

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    Favorite Tree


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

    (Sas­safras albidum)

Maggie Graham
Communications Coordinator

As Communications Coordinator, 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 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. After four years with a com­mu­ni­ty devel­op­ment non­prof­it in the East End, Mag­gie start­ed her own con­sult­ing busi­ness where she helps non­prof­its find their voic­es and tell their sto­ries online.

Mag­gie 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 Board of Direc­tors. She was named to The Incline’s Who’s Next in Com­mu­ni­ca­tions in Novem­ber 2016.

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    Favorite Tree

    Lon­don plane
    (Pla­tanus × acer­i­fo­lia)

Jamie Gruzinski
Program Assistant

As the Tree Care and Refor­esta­tion Pro­gram Assis­tant, Jamie pro­vides ongo­ing main­te­nance to both land­scape and restora­tion tree plant­i­ngs con­duct­ed through Tree­Vi­tal­ize and oth­er pro­grams through­out Alleghe­ny Coun­ty.

Jamie works direct­ly to over­see field oper­a­tions involv­ing sea­son­al staff and com­mu­ni­ty vol­un­teers to ensure they take place in accor­dance with Tree Pittsburgh’s stan­dards for safe­ty, sound arbori­cul­ture, and adher­ence to Tree Pittsburgh’s mis­sion and vision.

Jamie holds a BS in Envi­ron­men­tal Biol­o­gy from Clar­i­on Uni­ver­si­ty where he focused on ecol­o­gy.

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    Favorite Tree

    Grandidier’s baobab
    (Adan­so­nia gran­di­dieri)

Maria Rose
Coro Fellow

Maria is an aspiring environmental journalist, currently working with Tree Pittsburgh through the Coro Fellowship for Leadership and Public Affairs. Through the spring, Maria will support the education initiatives that Tree Pittsburgh is conducting, particularly through helping to design an urban forestry summer camp as well as analyzing news and academic articles on the benefits of trees. Two of her main projects will include developing a sustainability plan for Tree Pittsburgh’s new campus, and reporting on tree canopy data and its disproportionate scarcity in communities of color. Prior to coming to Pittsburgh, Maria spent two and a half years in Chiang Mai, Thailand, working for a small Thai nonprofit and developing programs on child rights and migrant rights. As a writer, Maria intends to pursue issues of internal displacement, statelessness, and climate migration, as well as environmental racism and justice issues, especially as they impact health and social well being.

Maria earned a B.A. in envi­ron­men­tal sci­ence from Vas­sar Col­lege. She is a junior board mem­ber with Ven­ture Out­doors, and, if she’s not perus­ing book­stores, you can find her work­ing and climb­ing at Ascend pret­ty much every day.

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    Favorite Tree

    White oak
    (Quer­cus alba)

Event 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

    Exec­u­tive Direc­tor, Admin­is­tra­tion at Uni­ver­si­ty of Pitts­burgh Office of Insti­tu­tion­al Advance­ment

  • Maureen Joyce

    Senior Accoun­tant, Greater Pitts­burgh YMCA

  • Darla Cravotta

    Man­ag­er of Spe­cial Projects, Alleghe­ny Coun­ty

  • Melvin Hubbard El

    Chief of Staff, State Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Ed Gainey

  • Sarah Koenig

    Vice Pres­i­dent
    Con­ser­va­tion Direc­tor, Audubon Soci­ety of West­ern Penn­syl­va­nia

  • Lisa Ceoffe

    City Forester, City of Pitts­burgh

  • Frank DeFazio

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

  • Nick Boyko

    Ex-Offi­cio Mem­ber through Com­mu­ni­ty Lead­er­ship Course for Vet­er­ans

  • David Henninger

    Real­tor, Keller Williams

  • Brij Dhanda

    Busi­ness Ana­lyst, McK­in­sey & Com­pa­ny

  • Jody Noble Choder

    Own­er, Choder­wood

  • Will Steele

    Ex-Offi­cio Mem­ber through Com­mu­ni­ty Lead­er­ship Course for Vet­er­ans

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Sat 24

Pruning Workshop — Highland Park

February 24 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Sat 24

Pruning Workshop — Carrick

February 24 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Sat 10

Pruning Workshop — Lawrenceville

March 10 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Sat 17

Pruning Workshop — Highland Park

March 17 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Tue 24

Spring Tree ID Walk in Riverview Park

April 24 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm