home              dashboard              mapping              funding              planning              reflections

Meet the Team

Our mission is to support an improved quality of life for Austinites, and we do this through the lens of trees and urban forest ecosystems which provide a multitude of benefits and services to our community. 

Organizational Placement

The Community Tree Program is partnered with the City Arborist Program under the Community Tree Preservation Division and Development Services Department. Our team is responsible for implementation of Austin's Urban Forest Plan. 

Program Goals: 

  • Build stronger community connections.
  • Foster a culture of stewardship.
  • Increase trees planted and cared for in Austin. 
  • Increase resilience to climate change and related issues. 

Emily King | City of Austin's Urban Forester
Emily joined the City’s Parks and Recreation Forestry Program in 2005, and transitioned to the City’s Development Services Department in 2015 where she now serves as the City Manager appointed Urban Forester. As the City's Urban Forester, she leads city-wide collaboration efforts to implement Austin’s Urban Forest Plan and seeks to learn new methods for better data and improved work efficiencies. Emily began her career working for community forestry nonprofits in Houston and DC, and conducted tree inventories in various cities across the states. She holds a degree in Forest Management from Texas A&M University, and is an International Society of Arboriculture Certified Arborist.  

Connect on LinkedIn or email emily.king@austintexas.gov
Leah Haynie | Community Information + Planning Manager
Leah has over 14 years of experience planning, collaborating, and engaging the community in the areas of air quality, urban heat reduction, and green infrastructure systems. She is passionate about civil service and working for the common good. Her day to day work focuses on supporting the discussion concerning Austin’s urban forest ecosystem to better support the quality of life for community members and the sustainability of Austin’s future forest. Leah was born and raised in Austin Tx. She graduated from Texas State with a Bachelor of Science in Urban and Regional Planning.  

Connect with her on LinkedIn or email leah.haynie@austintexas.gov.  
Jason Traweek | Environmental Program Coordinator 
Jason Traweek works for the City of Austin’s Community Tree Preservation Division as an urban forest resource coordinator. With 20 years of work in environmental education, project development, and arboriculture, Jason has dedicated his career to ecological preservation and restoration. His current work includes managing grant funding, contract management and project development for urban forestry initiatives in Austin, Texas. Jason grew up in Texas and earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Texas at Austin in Conservation Biology.

You can email Jason at jason.traweek@austintexas.gov.
Alan Halter, IT Geospatial Analyst Senior 
Alan is a Certified GIS Professional and cartographer with experience in the forestry and real estate industries. His love for mapping began while studying geography and urban planning. Today he provides mapping IT support to the Community Tree Preservation Division. The team has nicknamed him the GIS Wizard. 

Aimee Aubin, Conservation Program Coordinator
Aimee is a visual storyteller and uses creative techniques to unlock potential in individuals, organizations, and communities, a mission that has taken her around the world. She’s written outdoor exploration mobile scavenger hunts and ran community-arts and mural projects with Art Relief International in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Mostly recently, she oversaw the national expansion of teen leadership programs as the Program Manager at the Eileen Fisher Leadership Institute and supported facilitation of the 2017 Visual Presencing Program in Berlin. Aimee is a graduate of Hampshire College in Amherst, MA, where she studied community-based arts, focused on women's lived experiences. Born and raised in Long Island, NY, she now calls Austin, TX, home.

Connect on LinkedIn or email her aimee.aubin@austintexas.gov.
April Rose, Environmental Program Coordinator
April Rose earned her BS in Forestry from Stephen F. Austin State University, she is a Certified Arborist & Environmental Educator. April worked in municipal urban forestry at the City of Pflugerville, in non-profit as the Executive Director of TreeFolks, then as a consulting arborist prior to joining the Community Tree Preservation Division. She serves on the Board of the International Society of Arboriculture and is a Project Learning Tree Facilitator. April believes that trees are critical to our quality of life, to healthy communities, and is dedicated to helping people build personal connections to trees.

Connect on LinkedIn or email april.rose@austintexas.gov.
Keith Babberney, Forester 
Keith has worked in the field of arboriculture for over 25 years. He’s been a member of the International Society for Arboriculture (ISA) and a Certified Arborist for over two decades. Keith is a dedicated tree climber and competed for several years in the ISA’s Tree Climbing Championships, eventually becoming a judge in the annual competition. He was a member of the City’s Urban Forestry Board for three years, including one year as Chair. Keith has also earned the ISA’s Municipal Specialist Qualification as well as becoming a Board-Certified Master Arborist in 2015. His work at the City focuses on programs dedicated to urban forest health, helping to introduce children and adults to the wonder of tree climbing, and providing tree care education and best practices to City staff and the community.

home              dashboard              mapping              funding              planning              reflections