Suzette Guzman-Brown has joined the Tree Research and Education Endowment Fund (TREE Fund) as its Operations and Governance Coordinator. This newly created position will work regularly with TREE Fund’s various constituencies, working to ensure that routine operations and administrative functions are fulfilled in a timely fashion and will also work closely with the Board of Trustees in a de facto Board Secretary role, ensuring that the Trustees are able to focus fully on their crucial governance function with consistent and conscientious administrative support.

Guzman-Brown brings over a decade of experience in the non-profit sector, most recently with the American Cancer Society. She also brings extensive operations and executive level administrative experience to the organization and has spent time working at a nursery. Currently residing in California, she was highly recommended for her administrative management and collaboration skills.

“We are very excited to have Suzette join our team,” said TREE Fund President/ CEO Paul Putman. “We had an exhaustive, nation-wide search and received over 400 applications for this position. Suzette impressed the staff with her experience and competence in project management, operations, and communications. We sought a candidate who was going to work well with both our staff and our trustees, committee members, volunteers, and partners and Suzette has a great attitude to complement her extensive experience.”

TREE Fund is a non-profit organization whose mission is to support scientific discovery and dissemination of new knowledge in the fields of arboriculture and urban forestry. TREE Fund promotes scientific inquiry designed to benefit commercial, residential, utility and consulting arborists, urban foresters, and other professionals in related fields in their shared work to create, support and sustain vibrant urban canopies. TREE Fund coordinates nine grant programs and six scholarships. More information can be found at