Staff & Consultants

Karen Jenkins, Executive Director

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Karen Jenkins serves as the Executive Director of the Savannah Tree Foundation where she works to preserve, protect and plant canopy trees across Chatham County. Karen has loved trees ever since growing up in Vermont. After earning her undergraduate degree at Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington, she volunteered with the Peace Corps in Madagascar. She then earned her MS in Forestry at the University of Washington in Seattle, where she met her husband Felton. Karen previously worked in real estate development and sales in our community.

Karen is a board member of Keep Savannah Beautiful, the Savannah Bicycle Campaign and in 2015 was selected to serve on the advisory committee to the Arbor Day Foundation’s program the¬†Alliance for Community Trees.

Favorite tree: “The one I am looking at; or a sugar maple in Vermont.”

Patrick Grant from Certified Arborist Services, Inc.

Consulting Arborist

Patrick started working as an arborist in South Carolina with Historic Tree Preservation, a for-profit company which focused on renewing the health of historic and champion trees along the coast of South Carolina and Georgia, and then spent four years working with the City of Savannah’s Park & Tree Department as a supervisor. In 2009, he opened his own private enterprise specializing in small tree care and consulting, Certified Arborist Services, which he operates out of Savannah, Georgia. Patrick has worked with the Savannah Tree Foundation since 2006. You can reach him at his office at (912) 507-6840.

Favorite tree: “The one I have my hands on.”