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Megan Andrews-Sharer

Megan Andrews-Sharer

Megan began at the Urban Ecology Center around the time Executive Director Ken Leinbach began writing his book, Urban Ecology: A Natural Way to Transform Kids, Parks, Cities, and the World.

Throughout Ken’s writing sabbatical, book publishing, formation of the Institute with speaking and consulting projects, 4-day Intensive, and now focus workshops, Megan has helped Ken create and coordinate the project. Megan has a background in community-based program development and membership management at small non-profits and a degree in History and Environmental Studies from St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota.

Julie Ulrich, Program Director, Nature in Cities, The Nature Conservancy, Pennsylvania Chapter; and Rebecca Weaver, coalition and community partnership expert working as Cities Program Manager for The Nature Conservancy, Missouri Chapter.

Over half of the world’s population lives in cities, and numbers are predicted to rise in coming years. The United Nations Department of Economic and Social affairs cites, “Sustainable urbanization is key to successful development.” The UN uses the term sustainable in a broad scope--economic, social, and environmental. The Nature Conservancy is a global organization working to address sustainable development from the environmental lens, protect urban nature and enable people to interact with it in a meaningful way is increasingly important. Pascal Mittermaier, Global Managing Director for Cities, says of the Nature Conservancy’s Cities Program, “The Nature Conservancy’s urban conservation teams work with a wide group of global partners to explore the health benefits of nature in cities, while also focusing on nature as a way to tackle inequality and exclusion.”

Dana Render

Atlanta, Georgia

Operations Manager, Trees Atlanta

When Trees Atlanta was founded in 1985, its stated purpose was to protect and improve Atlanta's urban forest by planting, conserving, and educating. 30 years and over 113,000 trees later, that mission remains the same. Through a combination of full-time staff, their dedicated and ever-growing community of volunteers, and partnerships with contractors and corporate partners, Trees Atlanta is committed to maintaining and expanding the natural tree canopy. (Read more about the work of Trees Atlanta here).

Tatiana Vélez

Medellín, Colombia

Professional Background: Economic Development

Tatiana Vélez attended the Urban Ecology Center Intensive with the goal of learning how she might enhance the impact of her current organization. Her vision was (and is) to create and then replicate a center for community environmental education programs through strategic collaborative partnerships.

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