Rebecca J. Drayse

Director, Natural Urban Systems Group


Originally from Port Townsend, Washington, Rebecca Drayse grew up in a green environment where rainfall was more than plentiful. Moving to Southern California’s arid climate, with its drought and water shortages, she decided to join TreePeople to help develop sustainable solutions to these issues. As director of the Natural Urban Systems Group, Rebecca leads our efforts to engage in research and policy activities that advance our vision for a “Functioning Community Forest” in every neighborhood of Los Angeles.

Since 2000, she has applied her strategic planning and project management skills to oversee the completion of a number of the group’s demonstration projects and our recently-completed watershed education garden and environmental learning center, which help illustrate the power of tree-mimicking technologies to help solve urban environmental problems.

Currently serving as our liaison for the multiphase Sun Valley Watershed Project, Rebecca is also president of the board of the Los Angeles and San Gabriel Rivers Watershed Council, a steering committee member of the California Urban Water Conservation Council and an advisory board member of University of California’s Sustainable Cities Program.

Rebecca graduated Summa Cum Laude from Cal State, Dominguez Hills, with a B.A. in Environmental Studies. She and her husband Mark enjoy traveling - especially to Africa - cooking ethnic foods and any activity that involves being in or on the water.