Meet Katie Rummel, Our New Admin Associate

By Canopy Team on June 28, 2018

We’re thrilled to welcome Katie Rummel to the Canopy team!

Katie came to Canopy as a former AmeriCorps member with a background in environmental education, administration, and program management. We asked her to share a bit about herself:

Can you share a bit about your background?

Two and a half year ago, I made the move from Orange County to the Bay Area. Having spent my first year of college at Sonoma State University, I was familiar with the area and had always considered it somewhere I would like to be for a period of my life. The diversity that this area offers in way of landscape and culture is different and inspiring for me. I earned by BA in Anthropology from CSU Fullerton where studying Anthropology helped to shake me out of my bubble and was a major factor in the development of my current worldview. Since moving to San Jose I have focused on furthering my career in the nonprofit field, exploring new places, and learning new skills.

What were you up to before coming to Canopy?

When I moved here, I started working at a community farm in San Jose called Veggielution, and at an outdoor science camp in Livermore called Camp Arroyo. It was at these places that my connection to nature flourished, and where I saw the positive impact that environmental education can have on people of all ages. Then I took my background in education and used it to help develop the STEM Playhouse Program at Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley, where I served for a year through AmeriCorps. I continue to work with Habitat part-time as a Playhouse Event Specialist, along with my new job here at Canopy!

What is your role with Canopy and what are you most excited about?

I am happily settling in to my role at Canopy as Administrative Associate. I am excited about this role, and to be part of this organization, because I feel that Canopy has a special place within the community. I am also very much looking forward to becoming engaged with our volunteers and supporters, and learning more about this area. I am grateful to have the opportunity to work alongside Canopy as a resource and advocate for urban forestry in our community. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with me at [email protected].

Why do you think community trees are important?

I believe that being surrounded by trees is important not only because of the health benefits they provide, but because of the stories they tell. The deep roots of a tall tree can teach us more about the world than much else can. Through my experience in outdoor education, I’ve also found that understanding and feeling comfortable in an outdoor space is empowering and inspirational for many of us who spend the majority of our lives indoors.

Last but not least, what’s your favorite tree?

As a child, I loved few things more than Pocahontas and My Girl. So, naturally, Willows are my favorite tree! They are serene and wispy and I’ve always had a fondness for them.



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