The Team

Dr. Isabel Wade, Ph.D., Founder and Executive Director

Isabel Wade is the founder and President of Urban Resource Systems. She has served as the Executive Director of a number of the URS projects including ZooDoo, California ReLeaf, the AIDS Memorial Grove, and Neighborhood Parks Council.  Dr. Wade received one of the first national awards for excellence in the environmental field from Good HouseKeeping Magazine. She founded the State of California’s Urban Forestry Program in 1977 under Governor Jerry Brown. Dr. Wade served on the Commission on the Environment for the City of San Francisco from 1994-1996 and as Chair of the Parks Recreation and Open Space Advisory Committee from 2000-2005. In 1999, she received a Gerbode Fellowship Award in recognition of her contributions in the environmental field from the Gerbode Foundation. She currently serves as a consultant on international and local urban environmental projects.  Dr. Wade is a co-author of Citizens and the Environment (Indiana University Press), and author of City Food (URS, 1981), and numerous articles on urban food production. She has a doctorate in Environmental Planning from the University of California at Berkeley.

Favorite use of Lemons: squeezed on salad greens, with a shake of parmesan

Linda Koffman, Marketing & Outreach Coordinator

Linda is a longtime professional writer and beginner gardener who loves farming in the rain. Based in San Francisco, she has a BA in English from UCLA and has worked in journalism and the nonprofit sector. Seeing soil, music and art in the hands of local youth inspires her.

Favorite use of lemons: in water and for cleaning hands after a meal

Here are some of our past team members:

Booka Alon- Chief Lemonade Mixer

Booka was born and raised in St. Louis and moved to the Bay Area in 2006. Once here, she immediately sought out ways to blend her appreciation for food, passion for social justice and natural skills as an entrepreneur. She served on the Board of Slow Food Berkeley and then in 2010 turned her attention from slow food to urban agriculture. While enrolled in a permaculture course, she helped activate the Hayes Valley Farm Project. In 2011 she founded the tree-advocacy organization, Roots to Fruits, to support the planting of fruit trees in Bay Area schools and open spaces. She is the Garden Coordinator of the Potrero Hill Learning Project, a new community garden space in Potrero Hill. When not teaching or volunteering, Booka gardening in her own backyard garden in the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood.

Favorite use of lemons: to make lemon ginger honey tea

Danielle Hamilton- Intern (9/2013-9/2014)

Danielle Hamilton graduated from West Chester University in Pennsylvania and moved out to San Francisco. She was looking for ways to get involved in sustainable, urban agriculture when she discovered Just One Tree. She is enthusiastic to continue learning and growing and helping to create a more just food system. While in school at West Chester, Danielle co-founded a campus branch of Slow Food. She interned with Transition Town Media’s food group to plan a local food potluck and other events, and worked for a sustainable coffee company. She interned with JOT from September 2013 to September 2-14. She recently left San Francisco to pursue a Masters of Public Health in Nutrition program at the University of Washington and hopes to use her professional skills to help create a fair and sustainable food system.

Favorite use of lemons: lemon curd

Lorren Butterwick- Volunteer

Lorren served as a JustOneTree intern from January 2013 to September 2013 to help with outreach, development and fundraising. Lorren graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2010 with a BS in Ecology and Evolution. Upon graduating, Lorren moved to San Francisco to work at a non-profit, Conservacion Patagonica, which focuses on large-scale land conservation in Chilean Patagonia. Recently, Lorren decided to bring conservation back home and shifted her focus to urban conservation and agriculture in her beloved city, San Francisco. She currently works with SF Parks Alliance. On any given day you can find Lorren hiking in the headlands, cooking, or enjoying live music.

Favorite use of lemons: squeezed and zested on fresh berries

Interested in contributing to the work of JustOneTree? Email us!