Ariel Lew Ai Le Whitson, Director of Education and Community at TreePeople, leads and manages TreePeople’s environmental education, water equity and urban greening community organizing departments. Her teams mobilize community-members across Southern California, with a focus on environmentally and economically stressed communities who have faced historical environmental injustice, in actively participating in initiatives focused on climate change solutions, reforestation, water security, fire resilience, urban soils and planting a healthy urban tree canopy. This includes supporting teachers and youth to take action in their communities through hands-on, science-based activities. She has extensive experience in managing programmatic and legislative initiatives, fundraising, and marketing campaigns. She also serves on the Board of Literacy for Environmental Justice.