Our Staff

Lisa Ciecko

Plant Ecologist, Seattle Parks and Recreation

Lisa started work as a Plant Ecologist with the Green Seattle Partnership (GSP) in 2014, but she first got involved with the Partnership as a graduate student researching methods to improve seedling survivorship in Seattle Parks. Prior to Parks, she worked with Forterra on regional forest assessment and Green Cities programming, at the Arboretum doing native plant propagation, and as a program manager with Student Conservation Association. Lisa coordinates work with GSP partner organizations all around the city.  When she’s not roaming Seattle Parks, you can find her adventuring around Washington with her family and friends.

Eric Sterner

Plant Ecologist, Seattle Parks and Recreation

Eric started working with the Green Seattle Partnership in 2014. He was previously a Gardener at Seattle Center and also has worked with Seattle Parks and Recreation’s Natural Resource Unit doing restoration work. Eric currently supports the Green Seattle Partnership Forest Stewards all around the city. Eric is very passionate about the outdoors and enjoys getting out with his wife, hiking and backpacking.

Michael Yadrick

Plant Ecologist, Seattle Parks and Recreation

Michael joined the Green Seattle Partnership team (GSP) in 2011. He is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Bolivia ’02-’04) and former AmeriCorps volunteer. He also worked with several land trusts before returning home to Seattle. Michael currently supports professional crew work happening across GSP sites. Professional tree-hugging during the week, you can also find Michael running in the local mountains and frequenting park playgrounds with his son.

Maya Klem

Green Cities Project Manager, Forterra

Maya first joined the Green Seattle team as an AmeriCorps member in 2018. Now she helps to manage the program in her position at Forterra. Maya was born and raised in Pacific Northwest, and is thrilled to be on a team dedicated to protecting the place she has always called home. She has a B.S. from Western Washington University where she studied Biology, Chemistry, and Spanish. During her time in college, she discovered a passion for conservation and restoration work while studying in the jungles of Costa Rica and Peru. Aside from exploring tropical and temperate forests, she enjoys cooking, traveling, searching for frogs, and smiling at dogs.

Chris Baines


Natural Areas Crew Lead, Seattle Parks and Recreation

Chris joined the Green Seattle Partnership team in July 2018 as the Natural Area Crew Lead. He graduated from the University of Washington with a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science and Resource Management. Chris has worked at Seattle Parks for 8 years including a stint on the Natural Area Crew. Chris enjoys playing soccer and losing his voice at Husky football & Seattle Sounders games in his free time.

Joanna Nelson de Flores

Green Cities Managing Director, Forterra

Joanna has been working with the Green Seattle Partnership since before it was a formal program. Joanna is very proud to be part of Forterra’s Green Cities program, working with wonderful partners and volunteers to restore urban forests, build community and help give everyone access to nature. She previously worked for EarthCorps and Ecology Project International. She serves on the Green Seattle Partnership Management Team and the City of Seattle Urban Forestry Commission. Joanna loves spending time with family here and in Guatemala; playing with her dog Murphy; tasting local craft beers with her husband Mario; swimming outside while soaking in the sun; and the smell of pine forest in Eastern Washington.

Jordan Ng

GIS Support Analyst, Seattle Parks and Recreation

Jordan joined the Green Seattle Partnership (GSP) team in 2016, having worked in GIS and information technology services for Seattle Parks and Recreation since 2013. He graduated from the University of Washington with a GIS degree from the Dept. of Geography, and had become involved in forestry and environmental science while taking joint courses from the UW American Indian Studies Dept. and College of the Environment. In addition to working with other city departments, Jordan regularly collaborates with Seattle Information Technology to provide GIS web and mobile application support for the GSP. He continues to support the team with geospatial analyses and data management. Outside of work, Jordan enjoys music, drawing and painting, jogging, and the outdoors.

Patti Bakker

Planning and Development Supervisor, Seattle Parks and Recreation

Patti joined the Green Seattle Partnership team in July 2016 as the Planning and Development Supervisor, and has been working toward protection and restoration of habitats and species for more than 24 years. She has worked with local, state and federal agencies as well as large and small non-profit organizations, including seven years as a wildlife biologist for the U.S. Forest Service and seven years managing the Truckee River Restoration Program for The Nature Conservancy in Nevada. Patti also enjoys cooking up new culinary experiments from local market finds or dancing at events of the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society.

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