Ruth Williams, Urban and Community Forestry Specialist, joined Davey Resource Group in 2011. She has an extensive career in community engagement in the urban forest, throughout the Western US and Canada. Her responsibilities have included collecting tree inventory and natural resource data, reviewing data sets and conducting statistical analyses, and developing technical reports, ranging from single tree risk assessments to Urban Forest Master Plans.
Prior to joining DRG, Mrs. Williams was the executive director of Tree Davis, a nonprofit in theSacramento Valley which protects and enhances the urban forest in Davis and other Yolo County environs. While the Executive Director of Tree Davis, Mrs. Williams developed a number of projects supporting the City of Davis Urban Forest Program. These included community engagement planting projects and creating public advocacy projects for the urban forest. Her Master’s Degree thesis project at University of San Francisco focused on urban forestry funding mechanisms across the United States. Mrs. Williams is the current President of Oregon Community Trees, and a former board member of the California Urban Forests Council. She served as chair of the Sacramento Regional Council for five years.
She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Horticulture and Urban Forestry, and Landscape Design and Architecture; both from the University of California at Davis. Complimenting her formal education, Mrs. Williams is a graduate of the American Society of Consulting Arborists Academy, and the Community Tree Management Institute (CTMI). She is an ISA Certified Arborist with a municipal specialist designation and holds a Tree Risk Assessment Qualification (TRAQ). She volunteers her time as a docent at Hoyt Arboretum and with the local nonprofit, Friends of Trees.