Blog Post By Italia Peretti

Introducing Karen Nozik

We are happy to announce Casey Trees’ newest addition — Karen Nozik. Karen will be leading the Communications and Development team as their new director. From Tree Plantings to the Canopy Awards you’ll be sure to see Karen at all kinds of Casey Trees events! Let’s learn more:

Casey Trees (CT): Who is Karen Nozik?
Karen Nozik (KN): Sister, daughter, collector of friends. Upstate New Yorker, former Boulder-ite, D.C.-lover. Advocate, writer, art appreciator. General wisenheimer.

CT: What brought you to Casey Trees?
KN: Someone once asked me what I love most in the world, and I realized, trees. They make everything better: hot days, city streets, bike trails, mountainsides.  A world without trees would be a very sad place. I jumped at the chance to work for a local advocacy organization whose mission embodies the things I care most about.

CT: What are you looking forward to most about your new position?
KN: Working with the fabulous Communications and Development team to create ways to connect more people to trees more often.

CT: Favorite D.C. summer spot?
KN: The Sculpture Garden fountain at the National Gallery of Art.  (It turns into a skating rink in winter!)

CT: If you were stuck on a desert island what three books would you bring?
KN:
1. The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
2. Middlesex by Jeffery Eugenides
3. My Antonia by Willa Cather

CT: Finally, we must to ask…What’s your favorite tree and why?
KN: The stately Tulip Poplar!  It’s the state tree of Indiana, where I went to graduate school (Go Hoosiers!), a foundation of early American industrialism, a favorite for making furniture due to how tall and straight it grows,  and its leaves resemble butterflies.

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