Lori Hayes, Director of Urban Forestry

Lori Hayes

Director of Urban Forestry

As the leader of Philadelphia’s urban forestry efforts, Lori oversees many projects, including the TreePhilly Program, street tree planting and maintenance, and park tree maintenance. Lori started working for PPR in 1981 and has served a number of roles since then, including Landscape Project Technician, Park District Manager, and North Regional Manager. Lori has a BS in Horticulture from Temple University. She frequently volunteers at events and workshops to educate the public about trees.

Erica Smith Fichman, TreePhilly Program Manager

Erica Smith Fichman

TreePhilly Program Manager

Erica joined PP&R in 2011 to develop an urban forestry outreach and education program. Working with Joan, they launched the highly successful TreePhilly Program in 2012, which includes the Yard Tree Giveaway Program, as well as other programs to encourage street tree planting and volunteer tree plantings in parks and recreation centers. Erica has a BS in Biology from Haverford College and an MS in Environmental Horticulture from the University of California, Davis, and she is an ISA Certified Arborist. She also serves on the board of University City Green in West Philadelphia.

Kinsey Miller

TreePhilly Program Assistant

Kinsey joined TreePhilly’s team for the March 2017-November 2017 season. She is excited to work on existing tree planting and giveaway projects, and looks forward to developing new promotional materials and creative programming for TreePhilly. Kinsey has a BA in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Global Environmental Systems from the University of Pennsylvania.

Nicole Simonsen

TreePhilly Program Intern

Nicole joined TreePhilly’s team for the March 2017-December 2017 season. She is excited to connect people to their environment with the TreePhilly program and get her hands dirty planting! Nicole has a BA in Geography and Global Studies with a minor in Sustainability from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Shay Pilot

TreePhilly Program Assistant

Shay joined TreePhilly’s team for the October 2017-December 2018 season. He is a long time resident of Philadelphia and likes meeting new people who want to make the city a greener, cleaner, and friendlier place! Shay has a BA in Philosophy with a minor in Environmental Horticulture from Temple University.

Andrew Emma

Andrew Emma

TreeKeepers Program Manager

Andrew manages the TreeKeepers program, a workforce development initiative that maintains trees and green spaces at neighborhood parks, playgrounds, and recreation centers across the city. Andrew has continued to develop and expand the program since its launch in 2011, both in terms of crew size and scope of work. In addition to TreeKeepers, Andrew has managed public space plantings for TreePhilly, organizing plantings at several PPR sites and other public spaces. Andrew has a BA in Geography and Urban Studies from Temple University and serves as the Beautification co-chair for the Passyunk Square Civic Association.