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.”
Contact Milena at Milena@rescapeca.org

Lakshmi Gunanayagam: Program Manager - Rated Landscapes

A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Lakshmi graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Landscape Architecture and a minor in Sustainable Design from University of California at Berkeley in 2014. From 2013 to 2017, Lakshmi worked for a landscape architecture business in the East Bay, where her enthusiasm for learning about environmentally-friendly practices and how to implement them in Bay Area landscapes grew. With working at ReScape California, she hopes to encourage landscape professionals and the general public to be Bay-Friendly in their projects and daily lives. Beyond her experience in the field of landscape architecture, Lakshmi's perspective is rounded out by her passion for dance and has been a member of an award winning dance team that performs throughout California.
Contact Lakshmi at Lakshmi@rescapeca.org

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.
Contact Teresa at Teresa@rescapeca.org

Gretchen Reed: Program Manager - Professional Trainings

Gretchen 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. With a degree in Philosophy and a background in customer support, she joins Rescape California and the Bay-Area programs to organize and support the BFQP trainings.
Contact Gretchen at Gretchen@rescapeca.org