Meet Maya Briones, Canopy’s Community Forestry Coordinator

By Canopy Team on June 11, 2019

We’re so happy to welcome Maya Briones to the Canopy team!

Maya is Canopy’s new Community Forestry Coordinator. She brings to the team a background in environmental research, planning, and habitat restoration. We asked Maya to share a bit about herself:

Can you share a little bit about yourself?

Maya: I graduated from San Jose State University’s Environmental Studies program with a concentration in habitat restoration and resource management, and also a minor degree in Mexican American Studies. I have co-authored published research on access to green space and its impact on community health in San Jose, and hope to one day go to graduate school to continue researching environmental justice issues. In my free time, I enjoy taking hikes and identifying new species of plants and animals. I also do Egyptian and fusion belly dancing, and spend a lot of time rescuing lost animals in my neighborhood.

What were you up to before coming to Canopy?

Maya: I was working as a planner for San Mateo County’s Planning and Building department. This position gave me experience working with local agencies, and allowed me to develop an understanding of urban development and environmental issues from a government perspective.

What excites you the most about your new role?

Maya: I am so excited to connect with community members in East Palo Alto, and help them get trees where they want them.

Why do you think community trees are important?

Maya: Research shows that greener, and more walkable communities have improved health overall. Urban environments have largely become hotspots for pollution, increased heat, and in some areas, high crime levels. Street trees reduce traffic, make communities more walkable, and often safer while cleaning up the air.

What’s your favorite tree?

Maya: Coast Live Oaks and Pacific Madrones! I think they are both so majestic, and ancient looking. They are also both very important for local wildlife, and have a strong cultural significance to California’s native peoples.

Thank you, Maya! Want to get in touch? You can reach Maya at [email protected].

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