At 8 Billion Trees, we’re passionate about fighting the climate crisis through forestry efforts, and our dedicated team members, both in the States and around the world, are working hard to make that happen.
Meet the 8 Billion Trees Team
Jon is an avid conservationist and has a passion for nature and the environment. He and Mike Powell founded 8 Billion Trees in November, 2018. Driven by the current environmental and ecological crisis, they came together to create something with the potential to affect real, powerful change and reverse the accelerating destruction of forests and animal habitats.
As Product Development Director, Navid is responsible for developing and sending products to our contributors. Originally from Maryland, he has worked in multiple different roles, but has a background in Horticulture, working for years at a nursery. When he isn’t working at 8 Billion Trees, you can find him cooking exotic meals, snowboarding, or doing DIY home projects. As an avid environmentalist, his favorite tree is Methuselah, the oldest tree in the world!
After years of service in the United States Marine Corps, Mario joined the 8 Billion Trees Team to explore his passion for the planet and nature. Growing up in the Texas plains, on a farm, Mario learned early on the value of hard work and the importance of conserving our planet, as well as caring for the land, family, and livestock. Mario spends his free time playing sports, spending time with his family, and volunteering at various local veteran organizations.
Mike was born in Massachusetts, but moved to Las Vegas as a child. He studied business and marketing at the College of Southern Nevada and is “extremely thankful” to work with a passionate team of people who are part of such a bold mission, focused on saving the planet. During his free time, he enjoys taking weekend picnics at Mount Charleston and getting off the beaten track.
Holding degrees in business administration and computer science, Georgette has spent the last decade as a freelance writer and editor. When asked to join the 8 Billion Trees team, she was thrilled to find a place where her passionate love of nature and desire to conserve our national and global resources could flourish. She currently resides near a National Park with her husband and daughter, and is an avid hiker and fitness enthusiast, while also enjoying home gardening, crocheting, and baking.
Nathan grew up in Dallas, Texas but moved to Las Vegas, Nevada in 2018. He enjoys taking long walks up mountains and is always seeking adventure, whether that’s trying a new sport, taking a road trip, or just hiking around town. An avid hiker, Nathan has witnessed the beauties the earth has to offer, as well as the damage humans have done. He joined 8 Billion Trees knowing that healing the planet can happen through forestry projects.
Ashlyn enjoys many things about nature, including gardening, trees and flowers. Her favorites are Weeping Willows, Wisteria and Cherry Blossoms, which she loves to photograph. Her passion for making environmentally conscious choices leads her to incorporate green practices in her daily life.
As Warehouse Manager for 8 Billion Trees, David’s favorites things to do include hiking at Red Rock Canyon when he’s not making sure shipments are on time. Although living in a busy city has its perks, it’s often overwhelming, so he enjoys getting out into the solitude of the mountains to enjoy nature.
Hement loves to give trees and plants as gifts. A the 8 Billion Trees planting director in Nepal, he operates a green campaign nursery, providing saplings and seedlings to others. The District Forest Department of Nepal is also involved in the distribution. So far, he has helped distribute more than 60,000 plants, including one to the prime minister, as well as various officials, the former king and also the Honorable President of Nepal.
Lindsey Latimer is originally from Dallas, TX, but has lived in D.C. and Atlanta. He studied animation and design at Academy of Art University, and can be found most days creating motion graphics, illustrations, and other fun things. He lives in Decatur, GA with his wife and their two young rabbits.
Having grown up in Arizona and now living in Las Vegas, NV, all Aliaja has ever known is the desert. But, she has a passion for making life a little bit greener everywhere she goes. A recycling advocate, Aliaja knows how precious our planet is, and is working to help save it. She spends her free time outside roller skating.
David holds a degree in Web Design and Development and has spent most of his time in the field. When asked to join the team, he was excited to shift gears and work on actually making a difference for the environment and is thankful to be able to use his tech skills to help usher in changes that will benefit the planet. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, and “geeking out” by building computers and gaming on them.
Marjun grew up on a family farm and has been an environmental advocate since finishing college. His hobbies include hiking and other outdoor adventures, and he dedicates most of his free time to joining clean-up drives in mountains, rivers, and ocean as well as tree planting activities with different local groups. He is also very active with groups that volunteer in environmental education in remote communities and responsible tourism.
Sergio left the big city to move closer to nature and now lives near the Mt. Apo National park. As a an advocate of veganism and fighting climate change, he spends most of his time educating people on how to reduce their carbon footprint through lifestyle and diet changes, as well as backyard farming. He also supports local animal rescue groups in his area which also fight against animal cruelty. His work at 8 Billion trees “is a dream come true.”
Eduardo Pelaez Risuenho is a specialist in ecology and conservation biology and has 17 years of experience in managing forest restoration projects, water resources management and environmental education. He has played key roles in springs revitalization and urban afforestation in the Amazon. The conservation and reforestation work of Brazilian biomes is his personal contribution to improving the quality of life and increasing the planet’s biodiversity.
Maycon worked for many years producing videos, but found that it lacked something to feel complete, both personally and professionally. At 8 Billion trees, he’s discovered his life’s mission, caring for the nurseries in the region and monitoring the growth of the saplings reclaiming the land. He feels happy to know that his work is benefiting the world and making the planet healthier for years to come.
Kenya Director, Sammy Mutua, credits his love of trees to his mother, who ‘planted’ the desire in him as a child. She frequently planted fruit trees on the family compound to provide shade and “bring people together.” Now Sammy is using that passion to transform communities by working with Green School Alliance and local governments to conduct wide spread tree planting initiatives and education outreach programs about protecting these natural resources.