Meet Our Fall Interns

By Canopy Team on November 6, 2017

A warm welcome to fall Teen Urban Foresters (TUFs) and interns!

Canopy is thrilled to welcome three Teen Urban Foresters:

Andrea Perez is a senior at Woodside High School. She recently joined the Canopy team because she believes in the importance of helping a community and the environment. For hobbies, Andrea enjoys playing badminton, tennis, and watching crime related documentaries. In the future, she aspires to work in the fields of broadcast journalism and criminal justice. Her favorite tree is a Cherry Blossom tree.

“I want to spread with others the importance of caring for our trees and the positive effects it can have within our community.”


Rayshaun Jordan is a junior at Eastside College Preparatory School in East Palo Alto. Rayshaun aspired to join the Teen Urban Forester (TUF) program, after attending the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) where he backpacked and camped for a month in the Absaroka Mountains of Wyoming. As a TUF, Rayshaun’s goals are to increase his knowledge about various tree types and to be able to teach others on the importance of climate change. Rayshaun loves to go bike riding, listen to music, and read during his free time. Rayshaun hopes to have a career in the government helping people and also wants to become Spanish fluent in college. 

“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we have been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.” – Barack Obama

Eric Perez is a junior at Eastside College Preparatory School where is he also a member of the debate team. He is interested in climate change and the arts, and likes to spend time reading articles, going to the movies, and crocheting. He joined Canopy’s Teen Urban Foresters in the fall of 2015. This year, his goals are to improve his leadership skills and bring his community closer together. His favorite trees are avocados and redwoods because they represent his culture as a Mexican-American.

“My vision is to see the community unite and to make East Palo Alto a better place!”


Meet our Urban Forester Intern and Digital Outreach Intern:

Jack measuring an oak’s DBH at The Great Oak Count

Jack Dorsey, Urban Forester Intern, started working for Canopy in October 2017. He is currently pursuing a BS from Santa Clara University. He studies Environmental Science with an Economics minor as well as a Sustainability minor. He is interested in the interconnectedness of consumerism and environmental consequences, and hopes to pursue a MBA in management, in order to make business more sustainable, ethical, and economical.

In addition to working for Canopy, Jack is also a student manager on Santa Clara’s Men’s soccer team. He enjoys traveling, surfing, and history

Welcome Jack, tell us about yourself and what brings you to Canopy?

Before Canopy I was and still am, a full time University student. I wanted to join Canopy as a way to gain more experience in order to better prepare myself for life after college. I am the Urban Forestry Intern. My role is to eventually lead the Oxford Day Academy students and Teen Urban Foresters during plantings and other events alongside other staff. My other role is to help out where needed. I hope as an intern I can go above and beyond what is required of me.

Growing up in Los Angeles county I was fortunate enough to be raised in a city that had a lot of trees and other greenery. I think trees have a very important esthetic value many people take for granted. Also, trees are important to me at a fundamental level because they allow us to breath and are critical to our planet’s vitality and biodiversity.

I’m excited to develop my leadership skills, I’m also very excited to be working alongside people who are as passionate about environmentalism as I am. Canopy seems like a great opportunity to learn a lot and make great connections.


Aaron at the Kavanaugh neighborhood tree planting

Aaron Rudolf, Digital Outreach Intern, started volunteering for Canopy in September 2017. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Pacific Lutheran University where he studied History with a Business minor. Introduced to nature at a young age, his love for the environment and technology kindled the desire to bring change through employing environmental restoration and outreach.

Alongside Canopy, Aaron works at a tech company where he develops skills and gains experience in his field of work. He enjoys traveling and exploring new environments around the world.

Welcome Aaron, tell us about yourself and what brings you to Canopy?

My name is Aaron Rudolf, I have been with Canopy for a month and a half. I also work at Microsoft in sales and community development. I have traveled to 12 different countries, recently to Sweden and Norway. I received my Bachelor’s degree in History and minor in Business from Pacific Lutheran University in Washington State.

I have always had a passion for the outdoors since I was young, and wanted to combine my love for the outdoors with my business focus. When Canopy opened up their position for Digital Outreach, it allowed me to hone my business and outreach skills to introduce people to the importance of trees and tree care.

As the Digital Outreach Intern, I provide outreach and marketing for Canopy. When Canopy hold events, I go out and document the event through pictures and videos, and I create stories for our community through Canopy’s social media.

I think trees are incredibly important not only for the environment but also for the community. Trees help clean the pollutants from air, as well as controlling soil quality. For the community, trees provide shade for people to go when hot, make landscapes beautiful, and are home to wildlife.

I am incredibly excited to be working on a project in which I document the changes of the trees that Canopy has planted in the past. Having gone out and seen these trees in person and how they have grown over the years, it really inspires me to spread the word of how trees are wonderful and can benefit you in your lifetime. I am excited to help grow Canopy’s social media and get people excited over trees and urban forestry.


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