Our Team

Elizabeth Skrzat

Executive Director

Elizabeth Skrzat grew up in Southern California and has dedicated much of her professional life to environmental causes. Her affinity with trees started at an early age, when her parents took her on frequent trips to hike at Mt. Baldy and camp in Sequoia National Park. In college, she found that being outside among the trees in Georgia had a calming effect, especially during finals.

Elizabeth started with the program in 2012 and led its transition to City Plants. During the past six years, Elizabeth worked to bring the program and the partnership into the 21st century and diversify its revenue sources. She believes that planting LA’s next generation of trees is key to growing a sustainable and livable city for our kids and grandkids.

Elizabeth has a Masters in Public Administration from USC and a Bachelor’s degree from Emory University. She is a member of the LA 5 Rotary Club and is a graduate of the Municipal Forestry Institute.

Elizabeth Jauregui

Operations Manager

Elizabeth Jauregui grew up in the heart of Los Angeles in Boyle Heights. Raised in a diverse community, she understands firsthand the impact and importance of trees in low-canopy neighborhoods. She is a loving mother of two children and enjoys event planning, music, and adventuring throughout the city with her two little cubs.

With a background in commercial banking for more than 10 years, Elizabeth handles finances for the City Plants program, grant administration, and program operations. She acts as a liaison between the City Plants program and LADWP, and she enjoys working with community groups to organize tree adoption events throughout the City of LA. Elizabeth is invested in growing a green Los Angeles for the next generation. Elizabeth is a graduate of the Municipal Forestry Institute, class of 2017.

Rachel O’Leary

Program & Policy Manager

Rachel O’Leary was born in Eagle Rock into a family of nature enthusiasts and tree lovers. She spent a large part of her childhood climbing the crape myrtle and avocado trees in her backyard, and she traces her love of trees to those formative moments.

Rachel has worked with City Plants for four years and holds a BS in Environmnetal Science from the University of Southern California. In her role as Policy and Program Manager, Rachel manages communications, mitigation projects, grant writing, and the Sidewalk Repair Program. She has written and been awarded almost half a million dollars in grants and has managed two large grant programs for City Plants — one planting trees in parks and the other working on the first step of an Urban Forestry Management Plan for the City of Los Angeles. Rachel is a graduate of the Municipal Forestry Institute, Class of 2017. 

In her spare time, Rachel enjoys discovering new and unfamiliar pockets of LA, experimenting with cyanotype sun prints, hiking, and yoga. She is honored to have the opportunity to work to expand access to green space in the city she calls home.

Jimmy Perez

Program Assistant

Jimmy Perez was born and raised in the City of Los Angeles. Growing up in an underrepresented community, Jimmy became aware of the lack of environmental science in public education. This inspired him to participate in organizations working with communities on environmental issues. In high school, Jimmy interned for the Baldwin Hills Greenhouse Program and taught the importance of planting native plants to both elementary students and their parents.

Jimmy attended UC Santa Cruz and earned a BA in Environmental Studies. In the summer of 2017, Jimmy began working as City Plants’ Program Assistant. He now ensures that the program runs efficiently and effectively by assisting constituents and handling administrative tasks. In his free time, Jimmy enjoys hiking one of the beautiful trails found in the Los Angeles National Forest.