Dr. Christine Carmichael holds a Ph.D. in Forestry with a Specialization in Gender, Justice, and Environmental Change and a Graduate Certificate in Community Engagement from Michigan State University. Dr. Carmichael has published high-impact research and consulted with numerous non-profit environmental groups and government agencies on ways to enhance multicultural partnerships, particularly in urban forestry, parks, and greenspace management. Her past work has included evaluation of community engagement programs for environmental organizations as well as workshops and presentations on how to measure success of urban greening and restoration programs with respect to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Dr. Carmichael is also a skilled facilitator with expertise in strategic planning and ensuring productive dialogue among diverse groups who have a stake in environmental programs.
Founder and Principal Consultant
Heather Majano is a two-time graduate of Michigan State University’s Forestry Department. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Forest Management and a Master’s degree in the Human Dimensions of Forestry specializing in Gender, Justice and the Environment and with a certificate in Carbon and Forest Health. After a season working in Grand Teton National Park she knew that working at the point where people and nature intersect was where she should be. For the last eleven years, she has worked for a municipality, organizing and running the Environmental Stewardship Program. The focus of the program is to manage urban forests and gardens with community volunteers through the removal of invasive plants and trees and replacement with native plants and trees.
At Fair Forests, she is working in a supportive role to Christine. She works to streamline processes and will work alongside Christine to facilitate workshops and write plans and grants for clients. Heather is also a mom of two active kiddos who love to explore nature and are always up for a long walk in the sunshine and forest.
Environmental Justice Intern
Anand pursuing a Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences with a specialization in Urban Forestry, Social Forestry and Ecosystem Services and a Master Degree in Natural Resource Management from Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, India. His Ph.D. dissertation examines the ecosystem services of green spaces in Delhi, India. His past work has been driven by his passion for Urban Forestry and fascination with Trees. He has worked with Department of Environment, Government of National Capital of Delhi where he has conducted tree census, inventory of flora with residents. He also has rich experience in carrying out surveys, focus group discussion, socio-economic research and community engagement.
At Fair Forests Consulting, Anand assists in locating research articles and information to incorporate equity and inclusion ideas into Urban Forest Management Plans and maximize the success of efforts to plant trees in neighborhoods with little tree canopy cover. He also facilitates virtual training events, designing training materials for students, government agencies, NGO and community residents.