Daniella Pereira is the Deputy Director of the Million TreesNYC Training Program and GreenApple Corps for the City of New York Department of Parks and Recreation. As a Deputy Director, she has expanded the capacity and trainings of GreenApple Corps (GAC) in natural resource management and has helped to launch members into "green" careers and post baccalaureate degrees.
In addition to GAC, she helped create and currently oversees operations for the MillionTreesNYC Training Program (MTTP). MTTP is a 7-month green collar job training program, launched in November 2008 in support of the MillionTreesNYC initiative. The objective of MTTP is twofold:1) To help disengaged young adults aged 18-24, develop marketable employment skills, reconnect to the community and become self-sufficient members of society and 2) To meet the growing need for qualified "green collar" professionals in the arboriculture and landscape industry as a result of MillionTreesNYC, a bold initiative to plant and care for one million trees by 2017.
MTTP provides intensive training in the fields of arboriculture and ecological restoration. The arboriculture crew receives specialized training in climbing and pruning trees. Following this training, the arboriculture crew focuses on tree stewardship, pruning and planting techniques, clearing storm damage as well as tree identification and inspection skills. The ecological restoration crew focuses on the protection, restoration and management of natural areas. Projects include erosion control, manual and chemical invasive plant removal (aquatic and terrestrial), native species plantings, and green roof installation.
MTTP training participants gain hard skills in the field and soft skills in the classroom that make them qualified and well-rounded green collar workers. The emphasis on these skills helps the trainee to understand what it means to work, how to find and apply for jobs, and how to keep a job. Million TreesNYC Training Program and the GreenApple Corps have received numerous awards including the 2010 USEPA Region 2 Environmental Quality Award, the 2010 USFS Chief's Honor Award, and a $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Forest Service to help provide jobs for the graduates of the Training Program.
Daniella received her Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from the University of Illinois at Chicago and her Master's of Science in Forestry from Michigan Technological University. As part of her Master's degree, Daniella served in Panama as an agro-forestry promoter with the U.S. Peace Corps from 2002-2004. Born and raised in Chicago, she has worked as an urban forester, a forestry consultant, and an environmental educator. Daniella began her career for NYC Parks working as a project manager with the Natural Resources Group, focused on restoring the natural areas of the Bronx, including forest, woodland, meadow, freshwater wetland, and salt marsh ecosystems. She currently lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband and two children.