Our Team

Our Board

  • Atyia M

    Dr. S. Atyia Martin, CEM

    Board 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 D

    Andrew Droste

    Member & Chair of Nominating and Governance Committee

    Andrew is an Environmental, Social, and corporate Governance (ESG) expert at Russell Reynolds Associates (RRA).

  • Amanda R

    Amanda Rich

    Co-Founder & Board Member

    Amanda is an independent sustainability consultant with a Master’s in Sustainability and Environmental Management from Harvard University.

  • Melinda V

    Melinda Vega

    Board Member

    Melinda is the Community Engagement Coordinator at the Neighborhood of Affordable Housing (NOAH) and City Councilor in Chelsea, MA.

  • Joseph S

    Joseph Stein

    Treasurer & Chair of Finance and Audit Committee

    Joseph is an investment professional and currently serves as the Director of Quantitative Research at Natixis Advisors.

  • Taurean G

    Taurean Green

    Board Member

    Taurean  is an attorney and serves as the Lead Compliance Specialist at Payfactors.

  • Our Staff

  • David M

    David Meshoulam, PhD

    Co-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

    Ashley Pedersen

    Program 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 L

    Elizabeth Lohr

    Community 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 M

    Natalie Merline

    Community 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 B

    Megan Blagden

    MassCEC 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 B

    Emika Brown

    MassCEC 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.

  • Our Advisory Board

  • Howard Birnbaum, PhD

    Senior Advisor, Analysis Group, Inc.
  • Bob Chabot

    Chief Operating Officer, Zoo New England
  • Sonja Duempelmann

    Associate Professor at University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design
  • Stephanie Kruel

    ENV SP, Senior Environmental Planner, VHB
  • Tariana Little, DrPH

    CEO, co-founder, EmVision Productions
  • Charlie Lord

    Principal, Renew Energy Partners, founder and former Executive Director of Urban Ecology Institute
  • Deanna Moran, AICP

    Director of Environmental Planning, Conservation Law Foundation
  • Hannah Saltman

    Graduate Student,  Tuck School of Business, Dartmouth
  • Jeff Speck

    Speck & Associates, AICP CNU-A LEED-AP Hon. ASLA
  • Renata von Tscharner

    Founder and former president of the Charles River Conservancy
  • Katherine Walsh

    Sustainability and Environmental Resources Manager, Boston Public Schools
  • Interested in joining our team? Find out more on our Jobs & Opportunities page.

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