Daniella Pereira, Regional Forester

Daniella Pereira joins Openlands as the new Regional Forester. Originally from Chicago, Daniella returns home after working for New York City's Department of Parks and Recreation where she managed forest restoration in the Bronx and the natural areas focus of the MillionTreesNYC Initiative. She also oversaw two different green job training programs where members performed hand-on service and were trained in arboriculture, environmental education, green infrastructure, and ecological restoration. While there she was recognized with the USFS Chief's Honor Award.

Daniella is an appointed member of the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps Advisory Committee. This Committee provides recommendations to America's Great Outdoors Council through the Secreatry of the Interior on how to create a 21st Cenury Conservation Service Corps (21CSC) which will engage citizens in service and job training experience on public lands, waterways, cultural heritage sites, and community green spaces.

Daniella has also worked as an Environmental Educator, an Urban Forester, and a Agro-Forestry volunteer with the Peace Corps in Panama from 2002-2004.


B.A., Anthropology, University of Illinois at Chicago
M.S., Forestry, Michigan Technological University