Tree Pittsburgh adds Tree Equity Manager to staff
Tree Pittsburgh is excited to announce the creation of a new role at the organization: Tree Equity Manager. This position will continue the organization’s impactful neighborhood-based ReLeaf urban forestry planning efforts and deepen robust partnerships within communities, particularly those with low tree canopy or in Environmental Justice areas.
Current Tree Pittsburgh staff member Clara Kitongo will transition from her role as One Tree Per Child Program Manager to this newly created position. As the Tree Equity Manager, Clara will play a pivotal role in fostering strong collaborations with communities, residents, and local organizations.
With the creation of this position, Tree Pittsburgh is deepening its commitment to communities and partnerships in Pittsburgh and Allegheny County. We will continue to work in established ReLeaf neighborhoods (Beltzhoover, California-Kirkbride, Hazelwood, Homewood North, Homewood South, Homewood West, Lawrenceville, and Manchester-Chateau) and expand the program to more communities under the leadership of the Tree Equity Manager. Clara will also support the efforts of the newly created Pittsburgh Shade Tree Commission Tree Equity Task Force whose goal is to examine and refine policies and practices that have long perpetuated urban forest disparities across the city.
“We will continue to build relationships in schools that are in these communities who are EJ communities or have low canopy,” said Kitongo. “This new position allows us to have a guiding north star that is always questioning how we are applying our programming in communities and meeting them where they are.”
In a continued effort to align the team with their skills and passions, Community Tree Specilist Kelsey Munsick will take on the new role of Tree Tender Program Manager. She will help to increase engagement among Tree Tenders and community members in volunteer opportunities as well as education programs. This role will allow her to continue to work with ReLeaf communities in a new capacity.
With the creation of these new positions, Tree Pittsburgh is hiring a new One Tree Per Child Program Manager. To learn more, please visit this link.