Since 1996, Rebecca Salminen Witt has served as the president of The Greening of Detroit
, a non-profit organization devoted to promoting planting, environmental education and environmental advocacy in the city of Detroit. In that time she has orchestrated the growth of the organization from a staff of three with an annual budget of $235,000 to a 24-person, $3.5 million-per-year operation, planting 5,000 trees, educating nearly 10,000 children, and raising over 160 tons of food annually.
As president of The Greening of Detroit, Rebecca develops and oversees the implementation of all current and prospective programming, supervises staff, ensures the fiscal integrity of the organization through budgeting and development work, and serves as the primary advocate and spokesperson for the organization. Prior to accepting her current position, Rebecca practiced law in the city of Detroit, working in the areas of corporate transactions, employment law, and environmental law. Earlier in her career she worked as a summer ranger for the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.
Rebecca serves as the president of the Michigan Urban & Community Forestry Council
. She is also on the board of directors for City Year Detroit
, a national youth service organization devoted to developing idealism in today's youth, and sits on the advisory committee of The Detroit Studio
, an urban design studio devoted to service learning projects for architectural and urban design students at Lawrence Technological University. Recently, Rebecca was elected president of the board of directors of the Communities Committee
, a national 501(c)(3) organization devoted to advancing U.S. national policy on urban and community forestry.