(HARRISBURG, PA)—The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) has named Brenda Sieglitz to manage the Keystone 10 Million Trees Partnership, one of Pennsylvania’s most ambitious, collaborative, and challenging efforts to restore and protect its rivers and streams by planting 10 million trees by the end of 2025.
“We’re excited to have Brenda on our team,” CBF’s Pennsylvania Executive Director Harry Campbell said. “As it will take many hands to plant so many trees, we feel this significant task is in good hands considering Brenda’s project management background, business development expertise, and experience with public-private partnerships.”
The Keystone 10 Million Trees Partnership is a collaborative effort, coordinated by CBF, of national, regional, state, and local agencies, conservation organizations, watershed groups, conservancies, outdoors enthusiasts, businesses, and individuals dedicated to planting trees to improve the condition of Commonwealth waters.
“I look forward to bringing together people from the relationships that I have nurtured over my past decade of work in the private sector and volunteering within several nonprofits,” said Sieglitz, a native of Lancaster County. “The Partnership will succeed in part due to the mutual respect we all have for each other and our shared belief that Pennsylvania will once again flourish with trees that are vital to clean water.”
Strategically placed, trees are one of the most cost-effective tools for cleaning and protecting waterways. They filter and absorb polluted runoff, stabilize streambanks, improve soil quality, and cleanse drinking water sources. Simultaneously, they help cleanse the air of harmful contaminants and beautify communities.
As the manager, Sieglitz will help ensure the success of the Partnership by synchronizing creative strategies that serve and diversify the partners, funders, agencies, and other priority audiences. Working closely with CBF’s Making History Campaign team, Sieglitz will also serve as the key internal point person to ensure the Partnership activities are effectively coordinated and communicated.
For over a decade, Sieglitz worked in the private sector where she has focused on project management, business development initiatives, sales, and marketing. During that time, she created and led multiple marketing and other events centered on public-private partnerships, including leading the development and launch for a biodegradable food service disposables line in the Mid-Atlantic region.
She resides in Mt. Joy, Lancaster County, and is co-chair of Lancaster County Conservancy’s Riverlands Trail Festival. She has held leadership and mentor roles with the Susquehanna Valley Chamber of Commerce, Lancaster County Chamber of Commerce, Team Sarcoma Keepin’ it Kevin, and the National Parks Service. She’s also a certified Pennsylvania Master Naturalist.