Catherine Martineau, Executive Director, has extensive professional experience in both the financial and management consulting sectors. In her role as Executive Director of Canopy, she draws on her professional experience as well as her personal interest in community service, education and the environment. A native of France, Catherine started her career in Paris with the BNP Group and moved to the United States in 1986, joining BNP Venture Capital. In 1991 she and her husband created Martineau & Associates, a management consulting practice specializing in new initiatives. Catherine holds a post-graduate degree (ABD) in economic theory, a master’s degree in mathematical economics, and a bachelor’s degree in international economics from the University of Paris. Catherine became Executive Director in 2004 and serves on the board of California ReLeaf. Send Catherine an email.



Michael Hawkins, Program Director, has loved planting trees since he participated in his first neighborhood tree planting in Oakland at age ten. He joins Canopy most recently from Davey Resource Group where he was a Consulting Utility Forester for PG&E. Prior to that, Michael was a project coordinator at Our City Forest in San José and worked on the Million Trees NYC initiative with the New York Restoration Project. Michael has a BA in Literature from the University of California Santa Cruz and studied Horticulture at Cabrillo College. He is also an ISA-Certified Arborist. Michael joined Canopy in 2010. Send Michael an email.





Natalia Schoorl, Tree Care and Education Manager, joined Canopy as a full-time coordinator for Canopy’s tree care program in September 2012 after completing a summer internship with Canopy. Prior to Canopy, Natalia taught English in rural Spain and worked for Our City Forest in San José as an AmeriCorps volunteer pruning and caring for trees. Among the redwoods at the University of California Santa Cruz, she studied World Literature and Cultural Studies with a particular emphasis on how landscape relates to history, identity, and memory. She enjoys outdoor activities, especially hiking and cycling. Natalia is fluent in Spanish. She is also an ISA-Certified Arborist. Send Natalia an email.




maika profileMaika Horjus, Outreach and Communications Manager, joined Canopy part-time in fall of 2013 and full-time in Spring of 2014. A native of the verdant Pacific Northwest, she brings a love of connecting people with nature and with one another. Prior to Canopy, Maika worked with a community food security non-profit in her hometown of Vancouver, Washington, cultivating volunteer efforts and coordinating a small-scale marketing co-op for urban farmers. Maika holds a BS in Conservation and Resource Studies from the University of California, Berkeley, where she studied community development and conservation biology. Send Maika an email.




Anwyn Hurxthal, Senior Development Specialist, draws on her extensive experience working in the nonprofit sector, on causes ranging from humanitarian crises to the arts. Anwyn spent close to a decade working on Oxfam America’s international communications initiatives and also spent a time with Cone Communications managing corporate-nonprofit partnerships. Serving as a consultant to varied nonprofits, Anwyn’s tackled cause-marketing, fundraising, campaigns, events and branding. She holds a BA from Boston Univeristy and studied communications design at the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington DC. A native of Kenya, Anwyn is driven by a love for diverse peoples and trees! Send Anwyn an email.



Carol profileCarol Ruescher, Administrative Associate, began her career with Canopy in September of 2014. Prior to Canopy, Carol worked for Nordstrom as a Sales Associate, Watch Specialist, David Yurman Specialist, and Department Manager. Prior to that, she studied Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology, and Studio Arts at Lake Forest College in Illinois. A native to Illinois, Carol’s passion for nature began at a very young age. She enjoys hiking, reading, writing, and art. Send Carol an email.

“Canopy’s staff and volunteers are dedicated, serious and sophisticated about preserving
and expanding
Palo Alto’s canopy.”

~ Alan Weller,
Palo Alto Resident