Dr. S. Atyia Martin, CEMBoard Chair
Dr. Martin is CEO & Founder of All Aces, Inc. and former Chief Resilience Officer for the City of Boston. She is also the author of We Are the Question + the Answer: Break the Collective Habit of Racism + Build Resilience for Racial Equity in Ourselves and Our Organizations.
Andrew DrosteMember & Chair of Nominating and Governance Committee
Andrew is an Environmental, Social, and corporate Governance (ESG) expert at Russell Reynolds Associates (RRA).
Amanda RichCo-Founder & Board Member
Amanda is an independent sustainability consultant with a Master’s in Sustainability and Environmental Management from Harvard University.
Melinda VegaBoard Member
Melinda is the Community Engagement Coordinator at the Neighborhood of Affordable Housing (NOAH) and City Councilor in Chelsea, MA.
Joseph SteinTreasurer & Chair of Finance and Audit Committee
Joseph is an investment professional and currently serves as the Director of Quantitative Research at Natixis Advisors.
Taurean GreenBoard Member
Taurean is an attorney and serves as the Lead Compliance Specialist at Payfactors.
David Meshoulam, PhDCo-Founder & Executive Director
David (pronounced Dah-veed) co-founded Speak for the Trees in 2018 with Amanda Rich. Formally trained as a science educator, his work has focused on ways to increase youth and adults' understanding of the connections between science, culture, and history and to empower them to be change agents. He holds a PhD in Curriculum & Instruction from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is a Senior Fellow at the Environmental Leadership Program, and is co-chair of the Urban Ecology Collaborative. When he's not tending to trees, his 2 children, or his 1 miniature Australian Shepherd, you can reach him at [email protected].
Ashley PedersenProgram Associate
While Ashley’s fondness of trees began in childhood while playing “house” under the blue spruce in her backyard, she developed a passion for urban forestry as Director of Education at Tucson Botanical Gardens where she developed educational programming to facilitate an appreciation of plants and nature, to help residents design appropriate desert landscapes, and to foster stewardship of Tucson’s urban forest. Dedicating her career to the design of healthier and more equitable urban green spaces, Ashley is pursing a Master’s of Landscape Architecture degree at the Rhode Island School of Design. She is delighted to support Speak for the Trees’ inspiring work by helping to coordinate events, volunteers, and youth programs. On weekends, Ashley enjoys hiking in the many forests near her home in Arlington, MA with her husband and 4-year-old son.
Elizabeth LohrCommunity Engagement Coordinator, TerraCorps Member
Elizabeth is originally from the Philadelphia area but has called Worcester, Massachusetts home for the last 6 years while studying at Clark University. She was introduced to the idea of urban forestry through the HERO (Human-Environment Regional Observatory) fellowship, where she researched the Greening the Gateway Cities program and the effect juvenile urban trees have on their environment and the residents who steward them. After graduating from Clark in December 2019 with a degree in biology and geography, she decided to join TerraCorps as a chance to pursue a conservation career in the Boston area. She is very excited to continue her work in urban forestry as a Community Engagement Coordinator. She hopes to help expand the organization through her passion for all things tree-related during her service year!
Natalie MerlineCommunity Engagement / Youth Educator Coordinator, TerraCorps Member
Natalie grew up in Eureka, Missouri outside of St. Louis, where she often explored the parks and natural areas around her. She is a recent graduate from the University of Dayton where she majored in Environmental Biology. In her undergraduate years, Natalie realized her interest in environmental justice and the importance of strong community involvement in environmental issues through her involvement in the River Stewards program, where she co-created a children’s book about the Great Miami River Watershed. Her enthusiasm for urban trees and forests grew through her work on a project looking into how various socioeconomic factors play a role in tree canopy cover in urban Montgomery County, Ohio. Natalie is excited to help the organization’s efforts in growing their youth education programming and curriculum.
Megan BlagdenMassCEC Fundraising Intern
Megan is a recent graduate of Boston University, where she studied Earth and Environmental Science, and aided research efforts to study the impacts of climate change on northeastern forests. As a lifelong New England resident, Megan grew up with an appreciation for the maples in her backyard and the oaks at her favorite beaches, and is a passionate supporter of conservation and restoration in ever-changing urban ecosystems. She is excited to be joining the Speak for the Trees team as a fundraising intern, and to be working towards the mission of tree equity and environmental justice in Boston.
Emika BrownMassCEC Media Intern
Emika is from Boulder, Colorado where she grew up exploring the mountains and climbing the trees around her home. She is a sophomore at Tufts University where she is involved with the Student Garden and the Society for Women Engineers. She is majoring in Environmental Engineering with a minor in computer science. Her love of trees was inspired by a research project on Ponderosa Pine forests, and her interest in urban environments was sparked by her involvement in a land stewardship program with the Mountain Parks department in the City of Boulder. Emika is excited to learn more about environmental justice in her new home and about the importance of urban tree canopy.