Welcome James, our new South Sacramento NeighborWoods Coordinator!
By James Saetern
September 14, 2017
Hello, my name is James Saetern, and I’m
excited to be the new South Sacramento NeighborWoods Coordinator for the
Sacramento Tree Foundation!
As a South Sacramento resident, this
position was a perfect fit for me when I was looking to leave government service
and return back the non-profit world. I have been a South Sacramento resident for over 25 years and consider myself a native. I attended both elementary and
middle school in the area. In addition, I worked with non-profit
community-based organizations serving Southeast Asian families
and children in South Sacramento. My experience -- along with SacTree’s mission to build healthy, livable
communities in the Sacramento region by growing the best urban forest in the
nation -- made accepting this position a no-brainer.
What really solidified my decision to
join SacTree is the South Sacramento NeighborWoods initiative to empower and
support a neighborhood’s collective desire to improve their community through
tree planting and care activities. I want to be part of an initiative that will
bring beautiful, tree-lined streets, shaded parks and schools, and
full-canopied back and front yards to the South Sacramento neighborhoods. With
the help of our neighbors, highly dedicated and knowledgeable staff, and a
vision, I truly believe we can make South Sacramento a healthy and livable
My educational background includes
studies in social science at Sacramento City College and business
administration at California State University Sacramento (Sac State). I went
back to Sac State to earn a Master's Degree in Recreation Administration in 2012. I
focused my research for my Master's thesis around leisure and recreational opportunities
for non-English speaking persons because of the lack of services for this
Speaking of leisure, I love to fish
and spend my time on the California Delta chasing trophy large mouth and
striped bass. Fishing is a multifaceted hobby for me. I like to take the
factory fishing reels and tune and modify them to be
faster, lighter, and just cooler looking. Furthermore, I like to reclaim old
furniture wood and carve my own lures. (And, yes, they actually catch fish.) I
also enjoy taking my nephews to local parks in South Sacramento
neighborhoods. I recently picked up cycling. You can catch me riding up and down
South Sacramento and the American River bike trail.
I’m excited to be part of the SacTree team and excited to get out in the community and work with all its neighborhoods
and organizations on building an urban forest in South Sacramento. Please don’t
hesitate to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with
questions about our South Sacramento NeighborWoods initiative. I would love to hear your thoughts.