Membership and Roster

The Urban Forestry Commission is currently recruiting for Position #4 (Hydrologist or similar professional)

UFC Membership

The UFC is composed of ten members, five appointed by the Mayor, four appointed by City Council, Position #9 is elected by commissioners appointed to Position 1 through 8. The UFC positions are as follows:

Position #1 - Wildlife biologist, preferable with expertise in ornithology (Council appointment)

Position #2 - Urban ecologist, preferably with expertise in the field of restoration ecology (Mayoral appointment)

Position #3 - Representative of a local, state, or federal natural resource agency or an accredited university (Council appointment)

Position #4 - Hydrologist or similar professional, preferably with expertise in the study of natural drainage, climate or air quality, or a combination thereof (Mayoral appointment)

Position #5 - Arborist (Council appointment), with one or more of the following qualifications:
a. Board Certification as a Master Arborist or Municipal Specialist from the International Society or Arboriculture; or
b. Certification by the American Society of Consulting Arborists; or
c. Background and experience in Tree Risk Assessment from a credentializing agency or a professional organization

Position #6 - Landscape architect, with certification from the International Society of Arboriculture (Mayoral appointment)

Position #7 - Representative of a non-profit or non-governmental organization whose mission is to advocate for preservation or enhancement of urban forests, wildlife habitat or similar natural systems (Council appointment)

Position #8 - Representative of either the development community, including developers, builders, architects, or realtors, with experience in projects developed under Leader in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), or a representative from a non-city utility (Mayoral appointment)

Position #9 - Economist, financial analyst, Washington State licensed real estate broker, or any other similar professional, with expertise preferred in land use planning, environmental planning, or either residential or commercial development (elected by appointed commissioners)

Position #10 - Get Engaged member. This position is occupied by a Get Engaged young adult, according to Chapter 3.51 of the Seattle Municipal Code, to encourage young adults to participate on City boards and commissions.

All positions serve without compensation, are confirmed by City Council, and have three-year terms after the initial round of appointments, which were staggered.

UFC Roster

UFC PositionCommissioner Name
1. Wildlife Biologist Steve Zemke - Vice-chair
2. Urban Ecologist Donna Kostka
3. Natural Resource Agency or University Representative Weston Brinkley
4. Hydrologist or Similar Professional Richard Martin
5. Arborist Leif Fixen
6. Landscape Architect Tom Early - Chair
7. NGO Representative Joanna Nelson de Flores
8. Development Community or Utility Representative Andrew Zellers
9. Economist, Financial Analyst, Realtor or Similar Professional Erik Rundell
10. Get Engaged Reid Haefer

UFC Past Members

The Commission thanks past members for their contribution to Seattle's urban forest.

Member Position Years served
Nancy Bird 9 - Planner 2009 - 2011
Gordon Bradley 3 - University representative 2009 - 2015
John Floberg 1 - Wildlife Biologist 2010 - 2013
John Hushagen 5 - Arborist 2009 - 2012
Mariska Kecskes 10 - Get Engaged 2015 - 2016
Matt Mega 7 - NGO representative 2009 - 2014
Kirk Prindle 1 - Wildlife Biologist 2009 - 2010
Jeff Reibman 8 - Development Community representative 2009 - 2015
John Small 2 - Urban Ecologist 2009 - 2013
Elizabeta Stacishin-Moura 6 - Landscape Architect 2009 - 2010
Peg Staeheli 4 - Hydrologist 2009 - 2014