Blog Post By Jona Elwell

Better Together: Introducing the new Science and Policy Department

Casey Trees continually strives to accomplish our mission in the most effective manner possible. To that end, we are pleased to announce the launch our new Science & Policy Department. “S&P,” as we now call it, is an amalgam of the departments previously known as Technical Services & Research and, Design & Advocacy – tackling the same issues in a more integrated fashion for 2018 and beyond.

Leading up Science & Policy is our very own Dr. Jessica Sanders, who has been with us for over six years. During her tenure Jess has taken Casey Trees to a new level of engagement and impact, and we have no doubt she’ll be doing the same thing for S&P.

We have always used the data we collect during inventories, iTree Ecosystem Analysis and other studies to not only map all the trees and canopy in our city, but influence how our advocates fight for change. With this department change we are poised to better focus our advocacy around sustainable development projects and policy making.

Stay tuned for the next steps from S&P – including Stand Up for Trees and Park Inventories throughout the rest of the spring and summer. Help us gather and learn how to mobilize our collective research. No prior knowledge or experience is necessary – imagine what we can do when we work together!

If you have any questions or would like to learn more about how to get involved please reach out to

Pictured from left to right is the new department: Shayda Musavi, Program Assistant, Sophie Earll, Research Associate, Robert Colburn, Data Technician, Kristin Taddei, Planning Advocate, Jessica Sanders PhD, Director, and Travis Volpe, GIS Analyst.

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