About Me

My name is Allegra Mautner and my arboricultural journey began with a Bachelor’s of Science in Professional Forestry at the University of California, Berkeley. I worked with the UC Forestry Program for several seasons monitoring and managing Sierra Nevada forest land.

Some days you can find me practicing my climbing skills, like in this California black oak (Quercus kelloggii). This was at the WCISA Women in Arboriculture Climbing Retreat. [Photo credit: Sara Toney Photography]

After spending some time out in the woods I was itching to get back to the city and work in the urban forest. I worked as a Consulting Utility Forester for Western Environmental Consulting Inc. (WECI) doing Vegetation Management of PG&E utility lines. While with WECI, I became an International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Certified Arborist.

Before starting my own business, I was the Tree Care and Green Crew Programs Manager at Friends of the Urban Forest (FUF) where I ran the weekly volunteer Tree Care events and trained budding arborists for nearly four years. At FUF I earned my Tree Risk Assessment Qualification through the ISA. I still volunteer with their Tree Care Program.

You can also find me eyeing some rad epiphytes like these massive staghorn ferns (Platycerium spp.) in Cuernavaca, México. Whenever I travel I can’t help but enjoy the greenery!

Although I grew up in San Diego, I have lived in the Bay Area for over a decade and now call San Francisco home. I have always had a passion for environmental and social justice. I am a volunteer facilitator with Braid Mission, a mentor program for foster youth in San Francisco. I am a proud member of the SFFD’s Neighborhood Emergency Response Team (NERT). I am also an active member of the Women in Arboriculture Committee for the Western Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture, where we work towards increasing gender diversity in our industry. I care deeply about improving the earth through learning, teaching, greening, and collaborating.

Me and my dad at the San Francisco Climate March 2019. My dad has dragged me along to protests since I was a child at the anti-war protests in the early 2000s.