TreePeople In the Trump-Era


My mom and I at the Women’s March in LA.

Fired up? Ready to go!

Last weekend, I marched through the streets of Los Angeles with my mom, TreePeople Founder Andy Lipkis and 750,000 beautiful people ready to stand up for an inclusive society that cares for our communities and our planet as the precious resources that they are.

I’ve spent my whole life fighting for social justice and our environment. Like all of us, I needed the warmth, love and energy that flowed like a mighty river through the streets of LA.

I needed it because the challenges we face are extreme. Our trees are dying, heat-related hospitalizations are on the rise, as are storm-triggered floods and landslides.

That’s why TreePeople is here– to lead the charge in Los Angeles and set the pace for the nation. We know what works and we know how to get it done.

We have the solutions that Los Angeles needs. We have plans to capture our rain, grow our urban forests, green our communities and educate our kids.  These solutions will require people power, public investment and political will. And there is not a minute to lose.

Join us. Plant the seeds of change.

This is our time. This is our world. Let’s do this!


Cindy Montañez, CEO

By Cindy Montañez

As CEO of TreePeople, Cindy Montañez has rapidly expanded the Los Angeles-based organization’s impact across Southern California and turned it into the largest environmental movement and the fastest growing environmental nonprofit in the region.

At the age of 25, Cindy was elected as the youngest councilmember of her hometown of San Fernando. She became mayor at 27 and at 28 years old, was elected the youngest woman ever to the California State Legislature.

Upon leaving the legislature, Cindy was hired as Assistant General Manager at the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, where she was a core part of the team transitioning the nation’s largest publicly-owned utility to cleaner energy and a more sustainable local water supply.

Cindy has been a longtime champion for bringing people together around the environment, sustainable urban planning and social justice.

In addition to her role as CEO of TreePeople, Cindy was elected in November to the San Fernando City Council and is currently a Board Member for the UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability.