About Us

The Texas Trees Foundation

The Texas Trees Foundation (Texas Trees) serves as a catalyst in creating a new green legacy for North Texas through transformational, research-based plans that educate and mobilize the public to activate the social, economic, environmental, and health benefits that trees and urban forestry provide for a better quality of life.

The Mission of the Texas Trees Foundation is (i) to preserve, beautify and expand parks and other public natural green spaces, and (ii) to beautify our public streets, boulevards and rights-of-way by planting trees and encouraging others to do the same through educational programs that focus on the importance of building and protecting the “urban forest” today as a legacy for generations to come.

Certificate of Incorporation:
Dallas Parks Foundation – 1982
Dallas Trees & Parks Foundation – 1988
Texas Trees Foundation – 2004

The Texas Trees Foundation has a vision for our community. It is a community comprised of beautiful, well maintained parks, shady tree-lined streets and boulevards, hiking, biking and nature trails, and other outdoor amenities which combine to form a living and working environment that enhances the economic value of its commercial areas and its neighborhoods, and nurtures the health, safety and quality of life of all its citizens; a community in which its citizens actively participate in building and sustaining its “urban forest.” The Foundation will serve as a catalyst in creating such a community.

North Texas has one of the most challenging urban climates in the United States. The Dallas Metroplex endures oppressive summer heat, limited rainfall, poor soils, and one of the nation’s worst problems with air pollution. Energy costs keep rising and the urban heat island effect continues to increase temperatures. Residents are at risk and need a solution.

Texas Trees Foundation provides education, trees, and other support needed to create more livable communities and better land stewards through a variety of initiatives, programs, projects and partnerships.


Norm Daley

Chief Operations and Communications Officer


Beth Edwards

Chief Financial Officer


Nick Colletti

Chief Development Officer


Urban Forestry

Rachel McGregor

Urban Forestry Manager


Emily Plauche

Urban Forestry Coordinator


Cheri Cuellar

Urban Forestry Coordinator


Christopher Worst

Urban Forest Coordinator / Tree Farm supervisor


Cool Schools Program

Samantha Bradley

Cool Schools Program Manager


Lindsay Hoot

Cool Schools Education Coordinator


Alexa Francisco-Vazquez

Cool Schools Coordinator


Southwestern Medical District Transformation

Lannie McClelen

Southwestern Medical District Program Manager


Rose Jones, PhD

Research & Strategy in Urban Green Health


Marinda Griffin

Southwestern Medical District Urban Design Associate


Available Positions

We’re branching out and growing our team! Check out the listings below if you’re interested in joining the Texas Trees Foundation!

Accounting Coordinator

Marketing and Communication Manager

Grant Coordinator

Seasonal Tree Farm Assistant


Board of Trustees

Executive Committee

Dan E. Patterson
Patterson Thoma Family Office

Don M. Glendenning
Locke Lord LLP

Adam McGill
Crow Holdings

Board Members

Patrick D. Little
EGR Architectural Millwork

Stanley R. Levenson
Media Professional

Martha Gallier
Media Professional

Diane Scovell
Community Volunteer