WHY TREES?

Trees transform lives & landscapes

Unsustainable land use is at the root of our most pressing challenges. Trees have the power to support communities, improve lives, and restore the planet.https://youtu.be/PZM9R6hVtA4

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We are losing trees and open space at a dramatic rate. According to the 2008 study of Mecklenburg County completed by American Forests, Inc., between 1985 and 2008 we lost 33% of tree canopy, 2.8% of our open space, and increased our urban/impervious area (roads, parking lots, buildings) by 60%. The most recent study completed by University of Vermont in 2018 indicates Charlotte’s tree canopy percentage has declined to 45% of landcover, a decline of 5% from 2008. Loss of tree canopy results in lost air quality benefits, loss of greenhouse storage in trees, loss of greenhouse gas removal services by trees, and increased costs to manage storm water; not to mention loss of habitat, less stream protection, and negative impacts to home values.



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Our Dedicated Team


LEADERSHIP

Brandy Lellou

DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMS

Growing up on a farm in Colorado, Brandy has an affinity for wide-open spaces and natural solutions. As a Civil Engineer, writer and artist she believes that cross-sectoral partnerships are key to developing innovative sustainable solutions to seemingly

Our Dedicated Team


LEADERSHIP

Cate O’Kane

VICE PRESIDENT OF DEVELOPMENT AND COMMUNICATION

Our Dedicated Team


LEADERSHIP

Tahirou Bouaré

COUNTRY DIRECTOR – MALI

Our Dedicated Team


LEADERSHIP

Jabez Ojowa

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Jabez Ojowa is the Chief Financial Officer of Trees for the Future, Inc
Jabez oversees Tree’s global accounting, finance, contracts, internal controls, financial planning and

Our Dedicated Team


LEADERSHIP

Vincent Nzinzi Mainga

COUNTRY DIRECTOR – KENYA

Our Dedicated Team


LEADERSHIP

Jennifer Groves

SENIOR DIRECTOR, GLOBAL HUMAN RESOURCES

Our Dedicated Team


LEADERSHIP

Jennifer Groves

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Tim McLellan joined Trees for the Future in 2022 where he and the TREES team are committed to scaling tested agroforestry models with smallholder farmers throughout Africa and beyond. Tim has dedicated his career to large scale individual and social change

Our Dedicated Team


LEADERSHIP

Heri Rashid

COUNTRY DIRECTOR – TANZANIA
Heri Rashid attended the Sokoine University of Agriculture in Morogoro, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Education and Extention. Before beginning to work for TREES in 2015, he worked with the Sokoine University of Agriculture in the

Our Dedicated Team


LEADERSHIP

Mohamed Traore

WEST AFRICA REGIONAL DIRECTOR
Mohamed is an Agricultural Engineer by training. He graduated from the Polytechnic Rural Institute in 1998. From 1999 to 2006, he was in charge of the Agroecology component of a National NGO which works in the field of environmental protection.

Our Dedicated Team


LEADERSHIP

Enock Makobi Walimbwa

COUNTRY DIRECTOR – UGANDA
Born and raised in Bududa, in Mt. Elgon, Enoch is a certified Forest Garden Trainer, and has 15 years of experience working with rural farming communities. Enoch became familiar with TREES while working with 300 rural farmers in Bushika sub county, Bududa,


Our Dedicated Team


LEADERSHIP

Brandy Lellou

DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMS
Growing up on a farm in Colorado, Brandy has an affinity for wide-open spaces and natural solutions. As a Civil Engineer, writer and artist she believes that cross-sectoral partnerships are key to developing innovative sustainable solutions to seemingly

Our Dedicated Team


LEADERSHIP

Cate O’Kane

VICE PRESIDENT OF DEVELOPMENT AND COMMUNICATION

Our Dedicated Team


LEADERSHIP

Tahirou Bouaré

COUNTRY DIRECTOR – MALI

Our Dedicated Team


LEADERSHIP

Jabez Ojowa

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Jabez Ojowa is the Chief Financial Officer of Trees for the Future, Inc
Jabez oversees Tree’s global accounting, finance, contracts, internal controls, financial planning and

Our Dedicated Team


LEADERSHIP

Vincent Nzinzi Mainga

COUNTRY DIRECTOR – KENYA

Our Dedicated Team


LEADERSHIP

Jennifer Groves

SENIOR DIRECTOR, GLOBAL HUMAN RESOURCES

Our Dedicated Team


LEADERSHIP

Jennifer Groves

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Tim McLellan joined Trees for the Future in 2022 where he and the TREES team are committed to scaling tested agroforestry models with smallholder farmers throughout Africa and beyond. Tim has dedicated his career to large scale individual and social change

Our Dedicated Team


LEADERSHIP

Heri Rashid

COUNTRY DIRECTOR – TANZANIA
Heri Rashid attended the Sokoine University of Agriculture in Morogoro, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Education and Extention. Before beginning to work for TREES in 2015, he worked with the Sokoine University of Agriculture in the

Our Dedicated Team


LEADERSHIP

Mohamed Traore

WEST AFRICA REGIONAL DIRECTOR
Mohamed is an Agricultural Engineer by training. He graduated from the Polytechnic Rural Institute in 1998. From 1999 to 2006, he was in charge of the Agroecology component of a National NGO which works in the field of environmental protection.

Our Dedicated Team


LEADERSHIP

Enock Makobi Walimbwa

COUNTRY DIRECTOR – UGANDA
Born and raised in Bududa, in Mt. Elgon, Enoch is a certified Forest Garden Trainer, and has 15 years of experience working with rural farming communities. Enoch became familiar with TREES while working with 300 rural farmers in Bushika sub county, Bududa,

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