Green Festival Speakers

Kemba Shakur



Kemba Shakur, fondly referred to as the ""Tree Lady"", is the Founder and Director of Urban Releaf, an urban forestry nonprofit responsible for the planting and caring of an estimated 15,000 trees in low-income East Bay communities. During the 1990’s Kemba moved to West Oakland and was struck by the lack of greenery. She founded Urban Releaf 14 years ago, guiding it to success by abiding by two key principles - creating a more beautiful community where residents take pride in where they live and offering opportunities for at-risk youth and unemployed adults to gain marketable skills. Currently, Kemba is engaged in the 31st Green Street Research and Demonstration Project, an integration of tree planting, community outreach and the scientific benefits of trees as they relate to air, water, and energy. In addition, she is working on her autobiography as well as a children's book titled, "A Tree Grows in Oakland."