Neighborhood: Outer Richmond
Josh is the Deputy Chief Business Officer for the Presidio Trust, helping to transform the historic Presidio into America’s first financially self-sufficient national park site and ensuring that the Presidio will be visited and loved by all forever. Josh believes in the power of trees to improve personal health, mitigate climate change, and increase economic stability. He lives in San Francisco with his wife and two children, and they enjoy reading books, exploring parks, taking hikes, little league baseball, and youth soccer (for which Josh is a volunteer coach). He earned a BS in Urban Planning from the University of Southern California. See Josh’s LinkedIn profile.
Lives in: Walnut Creek
Monica is the Managing Director of Community First Lending, a community lender headquartered in Richmond that serves the San Francisco Bay Area. Monica has funded real estate development all over the country, and hopes to bring the beauty and vitality of trees to the low-income community she has served over the course of her career in community and economic development. Monica is originally from Baltimore. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Princeton University, and an MBA at Clark Atlanta University, and also completed the University of Southern California’s certificate program in Real Estate Development. See Monica’s LinkedIn profile.
Interim Chair, Fundraising, Development, Marketing, and Outreach Committee
Neighborhood: Buena Vista Heights
Gina has experience in business development, project management, client service, and corporate communications. Most recently Gina was Manager of Real Estate at SFMade , a non-profit serving manufacturers; prior to SFMade she was Senior Vice President and Director at Callan Associates, a financial consulting firm; and out of college she was on the sales and marketing team at ShareData. She holds a BA in International Relations from the University of California at Davis. Gina regards trees as magical because of all they do: clean the air, filter water, reduce crime, mitigate climate change, save energy, provide oxygen, and increase home value — and they’re beautiful to look at. See Gina’s LinkedIn profile.
Chair, Engagement Committee
Neighborhood: Cole Valley
Sarah grew up in New York City, and discovered city planning in college. She has been a planner for 25+ years, mostly for the City and County of San Francisco. For part of that time she was the City’s Environmental Review Officer, overseeing adherence to the California Environmental Quality Act. She’s currently Planning Director for the SFMTA. She sees streets as important public and community spaces, and trees as perhaps the most important factor contributing to the quality of those spaces. She believes that strategically improving the urban forest in a community-based way is a step towards racial, social, and climate justice. Sarah and her husband Jim have two adult children. See Sarah’s LinkedIn profile.
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Chair, Finance and Audit Committee
Neighborhood: St. Mary’s Park
ST has experience working inside and outside government to advance equity. She most recently worked as the Chief Program Officer at Code for America, and before that as the Director of Public Health, Policy, and Planning for the San Mateo County Health Department. She has served on the Community Advisory Board for the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, as Board Chair at Human Impact Partners, and as a Board Member for the Housing Leadership Council. She joined the FUF Board because she loves walking and biking the city streets. She believes FUF is a part of making our public spaces healthy, green, and enjoyable for everyone. See ST’s LinkedIn profile.
Neighborhood: Bernal Heights
Shaila fell in love with the trees of San Francisco over 10 years ago, walking along tree-lined Folsom Street in the Mission District. She believes a vibrant urban tree canopy is critical for physical and mental well-being and vital in addressing climate change. She is thrilled to be serving on the board. For the last 10 years, Shaila has helped build and scale fast-growing companies in healthcare and tech. Before that, she worked with communities in developing countries addressing issues of health, education, and economics. You can often find Shaila wandering the narrow, mulched pathways of the San Francisco Botanical Garden with her son and husband. See Shaila’s LinkedIn profile.
Chair, People and Operations Committee
Neighborhood: Potrero Hill
Ray joined FUF’s Board in 2020 after having been a Volunteer Planting Leader since 2018. The longtime San Francisco resident believes in the power of trees to improve lives, fight climate change, and make everyone smile. He is committed to restoring and establishing a healthy, thriving tree canopy, especially in underserved neighborhoods. Ray has worked in leadership roles within enterprise software and technology firms for more than 20 years. His technology interests and experience range from supply chain and logistics solutions, wireless networks, and IoT technologies to data analytics. Ray has a BS and MS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Cornell University. See Ray’s LinkedIn profile.
Neighborhood: Clarendon Heights
Dave joined the FUF Board in 2016 because of the importance of growing and protecting the urban forest in a time of climate change. He grew up in Newton, Massachusetts — nicknamed “The Garden City” — and sees trees as the symbol of a healthy community. He graduated with a BA from the University of Vermont, where he studied Political Science and Environmental Studies. Dave has worked at the intersection of public policy, advocacy, and communications for some of the most well-recognized brands in the technology industry. He is currently the Head of Global Product Marketing for Trust, Safety, and Identity at Twitter. See Dave’s LinkedIn profile.
Lives in: East Bay
Alison is an Energy and Environment partner at Nixon Peabody, helping clients find sustainable solutions to environmental problems, looking for ways to mitigate risk while reducing pollution. She’s the co-chair of Nixon Peabody’s Legally Green Initiative, overseeing a $2M biennial pro bono commitment. Previously she working as an aquatic toxicologist, utilizing her BS in Aquatic Biology from UC Santa Barbara. She received her JD from the University of Oregon, graduating first in her class. An avid scuba diver since age 15, Alison has been on 300+ dives around the world. Alison joins the Board to help improve San Francisco’s urban environment, increasing tree equity and pushing back against the devastating impacts of climate change. See Alison’s LinkedIn profile.
Neighborhood: Pacific Heights
Joyce is the director of conservation programs and corporate engagements at the Wildlife Conservation Network. She helps steer the growth strategy of WCN’s portfolio of field investments, while also executing impactful cause marketing partnerships to benefit animals and the bottom line. Joyce was once a corporate deal attorney in Silicon Valley, and has a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master’s of Environmental Management from Duke University. She has lived in the Bay Area for over 20 years and in San Francisco since 2009, and believes deeply in FUF’s mission. She loves hiking in the Presidio with her dog and backpacking trips. See Joyce’s LinkedIn profile.