Daniella Pereira

Daniella Pereira is the Vice President of Community Conservation at Openlands. Previously, Daniella served as Director of Regional Forestry, and was responsible for the successful development and implementation of new and improved models for growing the Chicago region’s forest canopy. As a member of Openlands senior leadership, she oversees the sustainable expansion of Openlands Forestry programs, creates and strengthens strategic partnerships, collaborates on urban forestry policy both locally and with the State’s Urban Forestry Committee, and leads Openlands role in the Chicago Region Trees Initiative.

Daniella returned home to Chicago in 2013 after working for the Natural Resources Group at NYC Parks and its MillionTreesNYC Initiative. She is a certified arborist and has worked as an Environmental Educator, an Urban Forester, and a Agro-Forestry volunteer with the Peace Corps in Panama. She has received the USFS Chief’s Honor Award and is a 2017 Fellow at the University of Chicago Civic Leadership Academy.


  • B.A., Anthropology, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • M.S., Forestry, Michigan Technological University

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