Since retiring as the executive director of Portland Audubon after 11 years, Meryl Redisch is spending a lot more time enjoying Oregon’s natural beauty. When she is not skiing, hiking, or traveling, she works to advance policies related to urban and community forestry including serving on the City of Portland’s Urban Forestry Commission as Chair and Policy Committee Chair. Meryl grew up in New York City and secured her first job as an Urban Park Ranger in Central Park. She graduated from Skidmore College with a degree in Environmental Science and Forestry. After leaving Brooklyn to go west in 1994, she ran TreeUtah, an urban forestry and community building organization. There, she finally learned to ski powder and picked up another Bachelor’s degree in Geography from the University of Utah.