Staff and Contractors

Milena Fiore: Executive Director

Milena Fiore joins ReScape California during a time of growth and expansion, with the merger of organizations from Northern and Southern California. She is inspired by the mission and principles of ReScape, and provides vision and leadership. Milena oversees operations, programs, fundraising and program integration.

Milena grew up in Italy and the high desert of the Rocky Mountains, and has been a student of Permaculture and Biodynamic Gardening. Her love of bringing people together and sharing the bounty of her garden informs her work in creating and nourishing community. Milena worked as a nurse in clinics in low income communities in Colorado, New Mexico, Hawaii and California; and on the Navajo Reservation. She knows first hand the importance of protecting our precious diverse ecosystems with sustainable practices in order to nourish healthy bodies and communities.

Milena has worked with many organizations- in health, in business  and in development. She has worked in the private sector, in government, and in not for profit organizations; and as a consultant, across industries, with diverse groups and cultures in the US, Asia and Europe. Milena has done organizational development, board development, fundraising, needs assessments, community-building. She is grateful to be a part of ReScape California at this pivotal juncture. Milena’s inspiration come from  writer, activist, teacher, and farmer, Wendell Berry: “We have the world to live in on the condition that we will take good care of it. And to take good care of it we have to know it. And to know it and to be willing to take care of it, we have to love it.”
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Teresa Martinez Gonzales: Regional Program Manager

Teresa has over ten years of experience in non-profit program and fund development support and relationship management. Teresa has experience with affordable housing programs, and a degree in Anthropology from the University of California Berkeley.
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Gretchen Reed: Program Manager - Professional Trainings

Gretchen’s role at ReScape California is focused on coordinating educational and qualification programs for Bay Area landscape professionals to strengthen their services and working with public agencies and landscaping businesses to integrate cutting edge, Bay-Friendly practices and technologies as landscaping standards. Gretchen coordinates the scheduling and content of Bay-Friendly professional trainings with multiple public agency clients on an ongoing basis, including preparing program content, training materials and overseeing training logistics working with ReScape team members and consultants.

Gretchen received her Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and minors in Business and Gender and Women’s Studies from Le Moyne College. She is a recent New York transplant to the Bay Area. Growing up in the rural landscapes of Upstate NY and the natural beauty of the Finger Lakes region, she developed her sensitivity to nature and passion for conservation.
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