I Am Tree People: Peter Roquemore

Meet Peter Roquemore, our new Volunteer Manager.

“It’s serendipitous!” Peter said, showing off his wrist tattoo. It reads “Unless,” in homage to the famous line in Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax: “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”

Peter has always had an interest in the environment. But it was during his college years when he spent time near the coal fields in West Pennsylvania that he first realized the importance of conservation to protect the most vulnerable communities.

After college, he moved to Washington DC to work with American Rivers, to organize volunteers toward caring for their local rivers.


Get to Know Peter:

  • Enjoys getting outdoors, especially biking and playing rugby

  • Middle child in a family of six kids

  • Went vegan six months ago

  • Fears sharks

“I enjoy working with volunteers,” he said. “It’s exciting to be around people who are making a difference.”

In light of the historic California drought, however, Peter sought an opportunity to impact the water crisis. That’s when he came across TreePeople.

“These are big issues,” he said, his tone changing. “They’re terrifying in their scope and size, really. I think it’s important to keep a smile on your face, though.”

We agree. The joy of creating a climate-resilient city is a much better motivator than fear. We’re excited to have Peter’s fun-loving spirit join our team.

Want to join TreePeople’s volunteer team? We need you! Visit our website to find opportunities to impact LA.

By Erika Abdelatif

Erika Abdelatif is TreePeople’s Social Media and Digital Content Manager. When she isn't creating a climate-resilient LA via the Facebook, she's probably writing in a coffee shop, infesting the internet with memes, or watching an open mic.