Lisa SimmsNJ Tree Foundation Executive Director

Cat lover, tree hugger, day laborer at heart. Executive Director of the NJTF. Enough said.





Jessica Franzini: Senior Program Director
Jessica joined the NJ Tree Foundation in 2009. She directs our tree planting program in Camden, facilitates our TreeKeepers workshop series, and oversees our community projects throughout NJ. In March 2011 Camden Mayor Dana Redd recognized Jessica as a “Woman of Purpose.” Jessica proudly sports a David Hasselhoff air freshener in her work truck from the hit show Bay Watch.



James Cunningham: Urban Forestry Technician

James supervises our tree planting crew, takes care of NJTF equipment and bails us out when it rains on tree planting days.



Beth Kwart: Development Coordinator
Beth joined the NJ Tree Foundation staff in January 2013. She is our first-ever grant writer, focusing on raising funds to sustain and grow our programs throughout the state. As a nature lover and active environmental volunteer in her community, Beth is proud every time her family and friends use reusable shopping bags, water bottles, and coffee mugs.


Elena López: Program Director, Newark
Elena joined the NJ Tree Foundation in January 2013, and is very excited to have become a professional tree-hugger.  She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies and Anthropology from Franklin and Marshall College. When not hugging trees she can be found playing Ultimate Frisbee, taking photos, or just enjoying the outdoors.



13391530_1211752612182408_1624068844419713254_o Jose Santiago: Program Assistant, Camden
Jose joined the NJ Tree Foundation in 2015. He is a life-long Camden resident with a talent for landscaping. He helps plant trees while also leading our rain garden maintenance work in Camden.


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