Shade Tree Commission

The Shade Tree Commission is a non-profit organization, linked to the Mayor's Office, with the task of restoring and maintaining the city's tree population, in recognition of the value of Pittsburgh's urban trees as one of our city's greatest assets. To that end the commission is dedicated to providing policy makers, City Departments, and the general public with accurate and objective information on public policy issues affecting the urban forest.

The Commission strives to expand projects based on intergovernmental and community partnerships as well as sound forestry practices. The Shade Tree Commission also directs the expenditure of funds from the Shade Tree Trust Fund to advance urban forestry initiatives.

Governing Documents


Fifteen members comprise this Commission:

  • All appointed by Mayor; confirmed by City Council
  • 1 from Forestry Division of Public Works Department
  • 1 from DPW with engineering/construction background
  • 1 from Department of City Planning
  • 1 from Mayor’s Office
  • 1 from Urban Redevelopment Authority
  • 1 from an electric utility
  • The rest from various “educational institutions, community-based organizations, business organizations, and environmental organizations”
  • Majority of members must be City residents.

  • Mardi Isler
    • Term expires 12/31/2016
  • Richard Butler
    • Term expires 12/31/2016
  • Lisa Ceoffe, DPW - Forestry Division
    • Terms expires 12/31/2016
  • Jamil Bey
    • Terms expires 3/26/2019
  • Matt Erb
    • Terms expires 12/31/2016
  • Maribeth Hook, URA
    • Term expires 12/31/2016
  • Jennifer Arkett, Dusquesne Light
    • Term expires 12/31/2016
  • Lisa Kunst Vavro
    • Term expires 12/31/2016
  • Joshua Lippert, Mayor's Office
    • Term expires 12/31/2016
  • Mary Savage
    • Term expires 12/31/2016
  • Molly Stephany
    • Term expires 12/31/2016
  • James Stiff
    • Term expires 12/31/2016
  • VACANT, DPW - engineering and construction
  • VACANT - City Planning


  • Held in the City-County Building at 9 AM, third Wednesday of each month (excepting July and December

Contact Information

Lisa Ceoffe
Phone: 412-665-3626
Fax: 412-255-4899