Blog Post By Jona Elwell

Introducing our New Conservation Planner. You May Recognize Her.

Kristin in action during one of the many Stand Up for Trees Advocacy workshops she taught.

As our steadfast Planning Advocate, Kristin Taddei has accomplished a lot in her four-year reign. Among many, many other accomplishments not featured, she has testified in front of the Zoning Commission, helped preserve a grove of 37 mature trees near historic St. Paul’s College, and ensured DDOT takes steps to mitigate the immense flooding around the Cleveland Park metro station entrances. Thanks to her enthusiasm for advocacy, 30 people have become Certified Trees Advocates and proven time and time again that advocacy works.

No stranger to Council meetings, Kristin (seated third from right) frequently advocated for trees and greenspace.

With her impressive history at Casey Trees, we’re excited to say that she is taking on a newly created position in Casey Trees’ Science & Policy Department –  our new Conservation Planner!

As Casey Trees’ Conservation Planner, Kristin will focus our expanding our existing conservation easement efforts, but that’s just part of the job. She’ll also lead up two new organizational priorities: tree plantings on structures and creating a new green building certification focused on – you guessed it –  trees. We’re thrilled to grow this part of our organization and more excited that one of our own will lead these efforts.

Of her new role, Kristin told us, “I am thrilled that Casey Trees is pursuing these forward-thinking initiatives. As the Planning Advocate, I witnessed how challenging it can be to find a balance between the preservation of greenspace and development to meet the needs of our city’s growing population. I am eager to get started in this new role so that we can offer incentives to landowners who prioritize tree planting, tree protection, or greenspace preservation in Washington, D.C.”

Join us in congratulating Kristin! Since she’s moving on, we need someone to fill her current position! We’re currently hiring a Sustainable Development Advocate. If you’re interested in engaging both internal and external stakeholders to ensure positive development outcomes in a variety of ways as well as actively advocating for trees in D.C. consider applying.

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