Announcing our NEW Urban Ecology Manager, Jennifer!
March 29, 2016
name is Jennifer Szeliga and I am the newest member of the Sacramento Tree
Foundation (STF) team! I am excited to be part of this team as the Urban
coming to STF, I spent over 16 years working with the AmeriCorps National
Civilian Community Corps program. During
this time, I served in a range of positions including member, team leader,
service learning coordinator, project developer, trainer, unit leader, and
assistant director of projects and partnerships in California, Maryland, and
the District of Columbia. I was most recently the Deputy Region Director for
Programming at the Pacific Region campus here in Sacramento. In this role, I
focused on project outreach and development as well as member development and
training. I am committed to national and
community service as a tool to help young adults develop leadership and life
skills through their engagement in meaningful service experiences.
my Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from Allegheny College in
Meadville, PA and my Master’s degree in Organizational Management from the
University of Phoenix Timonium, MD campus.
born and raised in a small town in western New York State, I landed in
Sacramento about four and half years ago. Growing up on a farm, I came to appreciate
the value of our natural surroundings and the importance of taking care of the land at a very early age. While an undergraduate, I was fortunate to study the
impact of wetlands and riparian buffers on nonpoint source pollution in western
Pennsylvania and Queensland, Australia. These experiences have greatly shaped
my views, values, knowledge, and appreciation for the environment and the role
trees play in our lives.
As STF’s Urban
Ecology Manager, I hope to bring together my past experiences and the mission
and work of STF to build a strong understanding, knowledge, and awareness of
the benefit of trees. I look forward to working with the
STF team to implement tree mitigation and land enhancement projects that will
help us build the best urban forest in the nation. You can find me at (916) 974-4325 or firstname.lastname@example.org.