Who We Are

The Cleveland Tree Coalition is a collaborative group of public, private, and community stakeholders that have partnered with the City of Cleveland to rebuild our urban forest. The coalition is striving to create a healthy, vibrant, sustainable, and equitable urban forest by working collaboratively to implement the Cleveland Tree Plan. Together, we’re making Cleveland the Forest City once again.

Cleveland Tree Coalition Staff

Samira Malone, Director
As Director of the Cleveland Tree Coalition, Samira Malone is working to raise awareness around the critical need for a robust tree canopy in Cleveland and to generate financial support for the work of the Coalition. Samira coordinates with the CTC Executive Committee and Member organizations to implement the Cleveland Tree Plan.

Most recently Samira was the Neighborhood Planning Manager for MidTown Cleveland, Inc. where she was responsible for leading MidTown’s tree plan from concept to implementation, helping to develop neighborhood parks and green space, executing placemaking and public art projects, and assisting in the facilitation of MidTown’s Neighborhood Vision Plan. Prior to that, she was a Cleveland Foundation Public Service Fellow at MidTown.

Samira has her Master’s degree in urban planning and development and her Bachelor’s degree in urban and regional planning from Cleveland State University. She is also a proud graduate of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District.

Samira lives in Cleveland and is active in numerous community organizations. When she has free time she loves traveling, spending time in the Cleveland Metro Parks, exercising, and visiting with family and friends.

Cleveland Tree Coalition Executive Committee

Black Environmental Leaders

City of Cleveland Mayor’s Office of Sustainability

Cleveland Metroparks

Cleveland Neighborhood Progress

Cuyahoga County

Environmental Health Watch

Holden Forests & Gardens

Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District (NEORSD)

Trust for Public Land

Western Reserve Land Conservancy

Cleveland Tree Coalition members


Alliance for the Great Lakes

American Forests

Bartlett Tree Experts

Burten, Bell, Carr Development, Inc.

Campus District

Case Western Reserve University

Catholic Charities Diocese of Cleveland

City of Cleveland Urban Forestry

Cleveland Cavaliers

Cleveland City Council

Cleveland City Planning

Cleveland Clinic

Cleveland Museum of Natural History

Cleveland Police Foundation

Cleveland Public Library

Cleveland State University

Cudell Improvement Inc.

Cuyahoga Land Bank

Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority

Cuyahoga River Restoration

Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District

Davey Resource Group

Doan Brook Watershed Partnership

Dominion Energy

Environmental Design Group

Forest City Ecological Services

Forest City Realty Trust

Green Ribbon Coalition


Lake Erie Nature & Science Center

Lakeview Cemetery

LAND Studio

City of Cleveland Mayor’s Office of Capital Projects

MidTown Cleveland

Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA)

Ohio Department of Natural Resources

Ohio Landscape Association

Ohio State University Extension

Old Brooklyn Community Development Corp.

Organic Connects


Rooted In Trees

University Hospitals

West Creek Conservancy

Western Reserve Eco Network