Program Manager, Arbor Day Foundation
Alana Tucker is an urban planner from Lincoln, Nebraska. She is currently the Program Manager for the Tree City USA and Tree Cities of the World programs at the Arbor Day Foundation, working to support and duly celebrate strong urban forestry governance and programs. She builds strategic relationships for the organization that enhance urban forestry initiatives around the globe and advance knowledge sharing and best management practices between local governments. She formerly worked for the Downtown Detroit Partnership in Detroit where she planned and fundraised for the implementation of public space amenities such as parks, bike lanes, and public art. There, she co-founded a coalition known as Detroiters for Parking Reform and volunteered as an advocate and teacher of urban water systems. Alana is a firm believer that good governance, especially at a local level, can restore trust in institutions and society and enjoys ideating about improving the citizen experience with government. She holds an undergraduate degree in international business from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a master’s degree in urban planning from the University of Michigan. She currently resides in Omaha, Nebraska and thinks that every state should split their electoral votes like Nebraska. She enjoys dinner parties, backpacking, and singing (sometimes all at the same time!).