Our Team

Liz Barry | Co-Founder & Co-Director
Co-founder of TreeKIT and director of urban environment at Public Laboratory for Open Technology and Science, Liz Barry develops geographic tools and civic science methods for collaborative cities. She holds an undergraduate degree in landscape architecture from NCSU, and a MSA+UD from Columbia University. She teaches at Columbia University and Parsons the New School for Design. Previously, she worked at Skidmore, Owings and Merrill planning international new cities and campuses, at Durham Inner-city Gardeners (DIG) coordinating youth urban agriculture enterprise, and travelled around the country catalyzing interaction among strangers with a “Talk To Me” sign – a project that received international press including the New York Times, AP, CNN, Oprah and NPR’s This American Life. She likes to play outside.

Michael Cluer | Co-Director
Michael G. Cluer is a licensed Landscape Architect with over 14 years of professional experience. He has worked in large teams of professionals, civic leaders and neighborhood organizations to design and manage the construction of several major urban renewal and community development projects in New York City and abroad. Michael grew up on a farm in southern Idaho and received his degree from the University of Washington, Seattle. Michael has taught at several universities and been involved in many environmental research and start-up projects, notably his work creating a Master Plan for the South Bronx Greenway and managing the initial phase of streetscape projects through completion, as well as the construction of several green roof projects. His extensive work in our urban environment affords him a broad perspective on our collective relationship to urban regeneration and innovative green infrastructure at all scales. He likes to take the subway to unknown stops for urban hikes and culinary expeditions.

Jessica Einhorn | Field Mapping Coordinator
Jessica Einhorn holds a degree in Environmental Studies from The New School. Her love of the urban forest led her to acquire a Citizen Pruner Certification from Trees New York and ultimately brought her to the TreeKIT team. Jessica has worked in community energy consulting with the Win-Win campaign and in community agricultural education at GrowNYC’s Greenmarkets. If she could be any street tree in the urban forest, she would be a Japanese Pagoda Tree (Styphnolobium japonicum).

Sophie Plitt | Field Mapping Coordinator & Urban Forestry Advisor
Sophie Plitt recently graduated from The New School University with a degree in Environmental Studies and a concentration in Urban Ecosystems. Her passion and excitement for the urban forest inspired her to found the New School Urban Forestry Club and complete a thesis on education models for stewardship in the urban forest. In addition to TreeKIT, Sophie currently works at the New York Restoration Project as a Forestry Coordinator for the MillionTreesNYC campaign. When not obsessing over trees, Sophie can be found outdoors, often playing music, knitting cozies, eating delicious food, and practicing her dinosaur impressions.

Philip Silva | Co-Founder & Co-Director
In addition to his work with TreeKIT, Philip is a Ph.D. student in Natural Resources at Cornell University. His research looks at public participation in outcomes monitoring research for volunteer ecosystem management in cities. Philip has served as an adjunct faculty member at The New School, teaching courses in urban forestry, environmental history, and design. His consulting work covers variety of subjects related to environmental planning and education, with a focus on urban development, open space, and civic science projects. Philip has served as the Greenway Coordinator at Sustainable South Bronx, Assistant Director for Operations + Sustainability at The New School, and Program Manager at Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Philip is one of 25 national leaders in urban forestry serving on the “Vibrant Cities and Urban Forests” task force, convened by the US Forest Service to craft federal policy recommendations for the next decade. Philip is also a recipient of the 2010 iLAB Residency of the Interdisciplinary Laboratory for Art, Nature, and Dance (“iLAND”) and a 2009 Fellow of the Environmental Leadership Program.