Daniella Pereira

Daniella Pereira is the Vice President of Community Conservation at Openlands. Here she provides thought leadership on strategies to build advocates for nature to further people’s connection, understanding, and action to protect urban land and water. She creates frameworks to develop successful programming and impact including developing pathways into conservation careers, advancing urban forestry and citywide green-schoolyard implementation and programming, increasing collaboration on environmental education and professional development for educators, and rethinking the community outreach approach and engagement process. She hopes to partner and focus on how to increase green jobs in urban areas.

Daniella returned home to Chicago in 2013 after working for the Natural Resources Group at NYC Parks and its MillionTreesNYC Initiative. She is a certified arborist and has worked as an Environmental Educator, an Urban Forester, and a Agro-Forestry volunteer with the Peace Corps in Panama. She has been a recipient of the USFS Chief’s Honor Award, served on the Federal Advisory Board to develop the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps, and was a 2017 Fellow at the University of Chicago’s Civic Leadership Academy.


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

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