Matt Grubisich

Director of Operations & Urban Forestry


Matt Grubisich is Director of Operations & Urban Forestry of the Texas Trees Foundation, a private nonprofit focused on urban forestry, green infrastructure and sustainable design. The Foundation’s strategic approach is based in research driven data to mitigate the environmental challenges and related public health concerns that trees can alleviate.

Mr. Grubisich has been transforming landscapes across Texas for the past 18 years. In his current position, he combines his passion for urban forestry with his desire to create more livable, healthy communities. Over his career, he has worked with dozens of communities across DFW to provide urban forestry assessments detailing the functional, structural, and associated values of our urban trees.  He has also been able to leverage these economic and environmental values to successfully change policy resulting in the preservation of thousands of acres of wooded lots and create higher standards for developers for more sustainable developments.

Matt is an accomplished speaker often presenting at local, state, and national conferences like TEDx, and he loves a good tree quote. Matt is native to Iowa where he graduated from Iowa State University before coming to Texas in 2000 to work for the Texas Forest Service. And as he likes to say he may not have been born here, but he got here as fast as he could!

As a degreed Forester, Certified Arborist, and Certified Forester, Matt has served in leadership roles on numerous local and state Boards and Commissions. Matt is also very active in his community having served 3 terms on the Rowlett Parks & Recreation Board and is currently the Deputy Mayor Pro Tem for the City of Rowlett.