Our Staff OLD

Bryant Smith

Chief Executive Officer

A native of East Baltimore, Bryant joined the Baltimore Tree Trust in 2019 after more than three decades in the urban forestry industry with the U.S. Forest Service, Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks, and other regional environmental nonprofits. At the Tree Trust, Bryant leads our staff, stakeholders, and the organization’s Board of Directors to execute the organization’s strategic priorities. Bryant is a past Warnock Foundation Fellow, as well as a licensed commercial pilot, who founded an organization in 2015 to fly relief missions to victims of natural disasters.

Justin Bowers

Chief Operating Officer

Justin oversees our daily operations, programs, and community partnerships to keep the organization on mission and on track to reach its ambitious long-range goals. Beginning his career at the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, Justin has over 10 years of experience as an ecological consultant and designer in both the public and private sectors. While completing his Master’s Degrees in Landscape Architecture and Conservation Ecology at the University of Michigan, he had the privilege to serve as the chief caretaker of the university’s botanical gardens and arboretum. Justin is an ISA-certified arborist, Forest Conservation Act qualified professional, and former co-chair of the Baltimore City Forest Conservancy District Board. 

Elliot Weidow

Director of Neighborhood Forestry

Elliot has been planting trees for nearly a decade everywhere from school campuses, stream restoration sites, reclaimed agriculture fields, and cemeteries, to the sidewalks of Baltimore City. Possessing a Master’s Degree in Botany from University of New Orleans, as well as bona fides as a Master Gardener and ISA-Certified Arborist, Elliot is no stranger to the joys and challenges of managing tree planting projects at every scale. At the Tree Trust, Elliot oversees the successful development and implementation of our field operations, while coordinating the logistics of our Neighborhood Foresters program. Elliot is a former co-chair of the Baltimore City Forest Conservancy District Board. 

Ryan Alston

Communications & Outreach Manager

After making the move from PG County to Baltimore in 2018, Ryan joined our team in the summer of 2021 and manages the public face of our organization. As a creative thinker with a passion for graphic design, marketing & small-business development, Ryan is currently pursing her Master’s degree in Integrated Design at the University of Baltimore, and is the 2022 recipient of the Ampersand Award from the Klein Family School of Communications Design. At the Tree Trust, Ryan helps to drive engagement online and within our partner communities, helping to promote our mission and outreach initiatives. Ryan works closely with neighborhood leaders to cultivate strong partnerships and positive co-benefits.

Kimberly Sciarrino

Operations Coordinator

Kimberly made the move from New York to Maryland in 2014 and fell in love with Baltimore City’s charm not long after. Sparked by a passion for conserving nature, she is currently pursuing a graduate degree in Environmental Management through the University of Maryland Global Campus. Since joining the Tree Trust as our Operations Coordinator, Kimberly has worked tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure that our community projects run smoothly. Her organizational skills and attention to detail keep our team on track so that we are able to do our best work in service to the residents of Baltimore.  

Dave Coyle

Workforce Development Program Manager

With a passion for fishing, outdoors, and all things Maryland, Dave began his educational career in 2012 teaching English after earning his Master of Arts in Teaching from Towson University. While engaging Baltimore City youth in the classroom, he discovered that many students preferred a more hands-on approach to learning. This revelation pushed Dave to enter the field of environmental education through the Branches Program at Parks & People Foundation. For the last five years, Dave worked with high schoolers to assist them in developing an ethic of environmental stewardships, focusing on monitoring and protecting Baltimore’s local waterways– and the Chesapeake Bay watershed as a whole. As the Workforce Development Manager, Dave seeks to expand opportunities for crew members to earn career advancing certifications, provide opportunities for staff to explore career options within the forestry field, and increase the size of the Tree Trust forestry team. 


Workforce Development Associate

After graduating from Salisbury University with his Bachelor’s degree in Biology, Marcus’ passion for urban ecology and conservation led him to the Tree Trust in 2021. Marcus fell in love with the outdoors at a young age, and his environmental background consists of internships at Oregon Ridge and Irvine Nature Center, as well as volunteer work with the Rawlings Conservatory and Blue Water Baltimore. At the Tree Trust, Marcus works closely with our team of Neighborhood Foresters to develop structures and pipelines for training and staff development. He is currently pursing his Master’s in Environmental Science from Towson University. 

Gabriela Amaya-Williams

GIS Analyst

Gabriela is an environmental geographer with a background in geospatial technologies, including remote sensing and geographic information systems. Before she relocated to Baltimore in 2021, Gabriela’s work primarily focused on wildfire regimes in the California chaparral. She now uses her technical skill set to create and maintain the GIS datasets used by the Tree Trust’s operations division to make decisions about planting and caring for trees throughout the city. While she’s not busy poring over attribute tables, Gabriela enjoys activities that are only marginally less glamorous. 

Jordan Brown

Data Specialist

A native Baltimorean, Jordan started with the Tree Trust in 2020 after completing his Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science and Restoration at Harrisburg University. As our Data Specialist, Jordan conducts site assessments for potential tree planting locations and generates maps and data visualizations for use by operations team, as well as our clients. Coordinating our field-based data collection protocols, he also provides technical training to our Neighborhood Foresters and maintains a GIS database of our tree inventory. 

Kwamel Couther

Project Coordinator

Beginning his tree care and maintenance journey at just fifteen years old, Kwamel is now a self-proclaimed outdoorsman who loves to see the products of his labor all around the city. Prior to joining the Tree Trust, Kwamel spent several years with Civic Works, Cylburn Arboretum, and in the commercial landscaping industry. He was the recipient of the first annual Ed Miller Award and the 2015 Volunteer of the Year award from Civic Works. Kwamel is currently preparing to sit for the International Society of Arboriculture’s arborist exam.

Allen George

Materials Handler

After years of working as a journeyman laborer, Allen began training with the Tree Trust in 2019 as an entry-level Neighborhood Forester. “Mookie”, as he goes by, has quickly become an integral part of our operations team due to his outstanding motor, leadership, and technical proficiency. Today he manages the logistical challenges of transporting thousands of trees from the TreeBaltimore nursery in Druid Hill Park to the many diverse sites across the city where the Tree Trust works. 

Shannon Smith

Project Coordinator

Camerio Graves

Neighborhood Forester II

Ezekiel Jackson

Neighborhood Forester II

louIS middleton

Neighborhood Forester II

Davaugh stokes

Neighborhood Forester II

Ta'Li Banks

Neighborhood Forester I

Roy Brown

Neighborhood Forester I

Jamar Jones

Neighborhood Forester I

Ra'Shad Mattews

Neighborhood Forester I

Joseph Owens

Neighborhood Forester I

Davauntae Stewart

Neighborhood Forester I

Bernie Rosenthal

Neighborhood Forester I

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