Photo: Danielle Wood

meet the team


Ariel Stone
Volunteer Coordinator
(602) 689-3749 |

Ariel is an Arizona native, having grown up in downtown Phoenix. She graduated from ASU with a BS in Nonprofit Leadership and Management, and has always volunteered within nonprofits since a young age. She volunteered with Trees Matter while a freshman at ASU and is glad to come back as part of the team. Ariel values the importance of trees and other plants native to the desert southwest, and is particularly interested in ensuring that they thrive in a rapidly growing urban setting. While she’s excited to see how fast Phoenix has been growing both culturally and economically in recent years, she believes Trees Matter can have a great impact on making sure this growth happens in the most sustainable way possible. Ariel’s favorite tree is the Citrus sinensis, because of its orange blossoms.

Jesse Westad
Remote Communications Assistant

Jesse is a Minnesota native, but after a couple enlistments in the Army found his way to Arizona where he immediately fell in love with the Sonoran Desert. Upon completion of his service, he attended ASU and graduated with a BS in Communication, a Minor in Sustainability, and a Master’s of Landscape Architecture. While in school he volunteered with Watershed Management Group, as well as finishing the Permaculture Design Certification and the Advanced Smartscape Irrigation Certification. Jesse believes in utilizing natural systems to decrease infrastructure costs while in turn boosting local flora and fauna on a site. His favorite tree is Red Push Chinese Pistache because it is a low water use tree, provides deep shade in the summer, and amazing color in the fall for that little bit of Midwest touch in his new found desert home.

Program Manager
(602) 618-5529 |

Danielle was born in Arizona and after graduating from the University of Arizona with a BS in Criminal Justice, she became an Air Force Intelligence officer for four years and lived in England and South Korea. She then obtained a Master’s degree in International Diplomacy while living in Queensland, Australia. When she returned to the United States, she changed career paths and studied holistic nutrition and sustainable food systems and became interested in indigenous edible trees and food sources, which brought her to work for Trees Matter. When not giving away free trees or educating others about the importance of trees, Danielle’s developing recipes using Arizona native ingredients like Mesquite flour and Carob powder. Danielle’s favorite tree is the Salix babylonica, or Weeping Willow. 

Tanya Rincon
Summer 2018 Events Intern

Tanya recently completed her undergrad at Arizona State University in Conservation Biology and Ecology. She is planning to return to ASU this fall for her Masters in Sustainability Leadership. She is a Phoenix native and absolutely loves everything about living in the desert. She has three major passions outside of her family and studies--those being live music, the desert, and hula hooping! She travels the country with her boyfriend experiencing various music festivals, soon to be traveling the world! Professionally, she's hoping to merge her love of music with her sustainability aspirations by creating her own nonprofit to leverage sustainable ways of business in the music production world. She's looking forward to learning about the work necessary to make a nonprofit flourish in the way Trees Matter has. She's also looking forward to interacting directly with her community concerning something she cares deeply about, caring for our desert landscape.

Aimee Esposito
Executive Director
(602) 689-2896 |

Aimee is a native Phoenician, growing up next to Piestewa Park. She has always had an appreciation for both the function and beauty of the desert environment. Aimee attended ASU where she learned the importance of bridging fields, receiving a BS in Geography and a BA in English Literature. Later Aimee ventured to Monterey, California where she spent two years earning a Master's degree in International Environmental Policy. Aimee learned a range of subjects from ecosystem valuations to grant writing and spent a summer in Peru to film for the Andean Alliance of Sustainable Development who helps provide easy to make green houses for indigenous communities and schools. She values the importance of direct impact, especially at a city level. Aimee’s favorite tree is the Prosopis juliflora, or the Native Mesquite.

The Office

800 N 1st Avenue Phoenix, AZ 85003

Mailing Address

PO Box 2648 Phoenix, AZ 85002

Our office is on the NW corner of McKinley Street & 1st Avenue, just south of Roosevelt. We are in the south building of The McKinley Club. Feel free to ask around since we work in a co-sharing space, we all know each other. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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