Wai Lee – Executive Director
Wai Lee is the Executive Director of Smart Trees Pacific and has been with the organization since 2008. He was the project manager for both Urban Tree Canopy Assessment studies and the Kailua Water Quality rain garden project at American Saving Bank and was a part of the research team looking at the effects before and after the installment of the rain garden. He has been working as a Citizen Forester in Kailua since the project’s formation in 2016.
Wai earned his BS, MBA and Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies from Northeastern University in Boston, MA.
Shannon Noelle Rivera- Project Consultant
Shannon Noelle Rivera is a staff Project Consultant at Smart Trees Pacific and the Community Partnership Coordinator with the Kaulunani Urban and Community Forestry Program. She is the project coordinator for the award-winning Citizen Forester Program and manages the state of Hawaii’s TreeCity USA program. Focused on conservation, Shannon is interested in the connections between urban forestry and wildlife. She sits on the board for Society for Conservation Biology Oceania encompassing Polynesia, Melanesia, Micronesia and Australasia; is a founding and current board member for the Society’s Hawaiʻi Chapter; and is a member of the Hawaiʻi Conservation Alliance Nāhululeihiwakuipapa Next-Gen Committee.
Shannon holds a Master of Science from the University of Winchester focused on the illegal wildlife trade, and is an alumnus of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa where she earned two degrees in Environmental Studies and Gender and Conflict Resolution, with minors in Zoology, Peace Studies and Dance.
Corey Bassett- Project Consultant
Corey Bassett is a staff Project Consultant at Smart Trees Pacific. Her recent relevant experiences are in grant writing, developing community outreach strategies and volunteer training programs. In her previous position, Corey coordinated the California Initiative to Reduce Carbon and Limit Emissions which planted over 3,000 street trees with over 1,000 volunteers in 15 cities over two years. She also has broad experience performing urban forestry, municipal tree care, biological, and arboricultural consulting work.
Corey is an ISA Certified Arborist, holds the ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualification, and has a Masters in Environmental Studies conc. Environmental Biology and B.A. in Earth Science concentration in Environmental Science, both from the University of Pennsylvania.
Rachael Cleveland- Project Consultant
Crystal Rogers- Project Consultant
Crystal Rogers is a staff Project Consultant at Smart Trees Pacific and is the organization’s Community Partnership Coordinator working to develop new urban forestry programs, public/private partnerships and sponsorships, and grant funding opportunities. She started with the organization in 2017 as a Team Leader for the Citizen Forester Program, after discovering the project as the Business Manager for Green Magazine Hawai’i. Her prior experience in project management, partnership development, and event planning provided a great platform for her to become a project coordinator for Arbor Day Hawai’i 2018, organizing the first ever Arbor Day Honolulu Festival at Foster Botanical Garden.
Crystal received a B.A. in Environmental Studies and Sociology from Wesleyan University, with a concentration on Urban Planning and Sustainable Development. She currently sits on the Hawai’i Chapter Board of Directors for the Society for Conservation Biology, enjoys volunteering for other non-profit programs, and spends her free time outdoors hiking, repelling, climbing, and farming.
Jenn Clark – Administrative Support