Ella recently moved to the Pacific Northwest following her completion of a Sustainable Plant Health degree at the University of Edinburgh. She served with Washington Service Corps to remove invasive plant species along the Pierce County levee system. She hopes to combine her passions for environmental conservation and food justice by connecting with community members to restore local forests and facilitating access to healthy, nutritious foods. She is excited to explore more of Washington State and enjoys hiking, swimming, and meeting new people.
Joselynn Tokashiki Engstrom
Joselynn identifies as 100 percent Hapa and was born in Seattle to an Okinawan immigrant and an American veteran of the Vietnam War. She was raised in and around the forests of the Coast Salish territory and her roots are grown from her educational foundation as an environmental scientist and naturalist. As a trained naturalist, Joselynn respects the complexities of our ecosystem, and the importance of protecting our whole environment, from the smallest insect to the largest raptor, and believes that everything is connected. For the last couple of decades Joselynn has been working as a non-profit administrator, performing artist, political organizer, youth advocate and community activist. She has recently felt called back to working with the land towards conservation. She is thrilled to be on the DNDA team and to work with steadfast community volunteers to learn how to steward and help restore Seattle’s urban forests.