David Meshoulam, PhD
Co-Founder & Executive Director
David (pronounced Dah-veed) is a life-long environmentalist and science educator. In his earlier work as an educator, he has focused on having youth and adults better understand the connections between science, culture, and history. Over the past decade he has created innovative interdisciplinary courses in science: in Watertown he developed and led Trees for Watertown's Teens for Trees program, at Newton North he co-developed Science in Society, and at Boston University he redeveloped and taught a course on Science, History, and Philosophy. He holds a PhD in Curriculum & Instruction from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. When he's not tending to trees or his 3 backyard chickens, you can reach him at email@example.com
Co-Founder & Program Director
Amanda has worked in the life science industry for over 15 years and is now an independent sustainability consultant. She has an educational background in biology and forensic science. She recently completed her Master’s in Sustainability and Environmental Management from Harvard University and was profiled in the Harvard Gazette for developing a plan demonstrating how the energy burden of Boston residents could be greatly reduced through data-driven tree species selection and planting placement. Amanda is applying her expertise in data analysis to develop customized improvement plans for cities, businesses, and residents.
Treasurer & Board Member
Andrew is an Environmental, Social, and corporate Governance (ESG) expert at Russell Reynolds Associates (RRA) within their Board Advisory & Effectiveness Practice. Prior to RRA, Andrew led ESG engagement, research, and risk analyses for BNY Mellon’s Proxy Voting and Governance Committee. Andrew began his career as an ESG risk analyst at Nuveen on their Responsible Investing Team. He holds a J.D. from Northeastern Law and a B.S. from Suffolk University.
Melinda is the Community Engagement Coordinator at the Neighborhood of Affordable Housing (NOAH) where she coordinates the NOAH Youth Organizers (N-YO) program, empowering them to be change-makers in their community. Formerly she was an elected School Committee Member for the City of Chelsea where she continues to be a community leader and activist. Melinda has worked in multiple organizations where she has followed her passion for Social and Environmental Justice, Youth Empowerment, and Undoing Racism. She works to empower East Boston community members by developing leadership skills and ensuring they are part of the decision-making process on issues affecting them, ultimately creating a better quality of life for themselves, their families, and the East Boston community. Melinda, the mother of two, a 29-year old Latina, a lifelong resident of Chelsea MA, is currently pursuing a degree in Psychology.
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
Charlie Lord, Principal, Renew Energy Partners, founder and former Executive Director of Urban Ecology Institute
Dr. S. Atyia Martin, CEM, CEO & Founder, All Aces, Inc. and Distinguished Senior Fellow, Global Resilience Institute at Northeastern University
Hannah Saltman, Manager, Governance Program, Ceres
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
We are actively growing our executive and advisory board. Interested in learning more or joining? Feel free to reach out.
Olivia grew up outside of Boston, in Newton, Massachusetts, and has been venturing into the city, walking its streets, for 22 years. She graduated Bates College in 2019 where she majored in English and Spanish but maintained a strong interest in the natural world and spent much of her free time adventuring through the school’s Outing Club. She gained additional consciousness and appreciation for plants through her summer work on a vegetable farm in Weston, MA and a ranch in Montana. Most recently, she became acquainted with the flora of Southern France and Northern Spain through World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOFing) on two organic farms. As a MassCEC Intern, Olivia will be researching and writing grants and reports, organizing new projects, and managing volunteer initiatives. She’s looking forward to helping the organization raise awareness about the importance of urban trees.