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Generation Next: Karen Jenkins

Age: 39

Company: Savannah Tree Foundation

Title: Executive Director

Top accomplishments

• Operating Savannah Tree Foundation in the black for two consecutive years

• Keeping the expense ratio of the STF fundraiser to a double digit number, in the teens

• Attracting new donors and members to Savannah Tree Foundation at a higher rate than the non-renewing members

Top awards/accolades

• Marion Thompson Fuller Brown Conservation Award for outstanding conservation, exhibit at a Garden Club of America Flower Show, April 2012

• Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) 2012 Chamberlain Scholarship recipient

• Toastmasters International, Competent Communicator

Top philanthropic leadership roles

• Clean Coast, board of directors

• Healthy Savannah steering committee

• Wesley Monumental UMC, Altar Guild member

 

 

Q.Please share your vision of Savannah’s future. What growth or challenge do you foresee?

A. By the end of 2013: Planting more trees than are removed due to old age and regulating tourism industry vehicles in the Landmark Historic District.

A. By the year 2020: Have a community-wide urban forestry master plan, adopted by all the municipalities in the county and everyone working towards more trees in our community.

A. By the year 2030: Increasing the tree canopy cover across the county.

 

Q. How will you do business differently in the coming year or decade?

A. More technology, use of consultants, working with more organizations across multiple disciplines. Everyone needs trees.

 

Q. What technological or cultural advances are you looking forward to in the coming year or decade?

A. More green energy and carbon markets. Also sustainability is getting a little more mainstream in southeast Georgia.

 

Q. What qualities or assets will distinguish Savannah and preserve/advance our local economy?

A. Our beautiful trees, historic buildings and unique coastal environment. If we ruin or lose these, our community will look like anywhere USA.

 

Q. What economic drivers and business sectors promise the most growth in the next year or decade and why?

A. Health care, education and technology jobs.

 

Q. What college degrees will be the most in-demand in the Savannah area and why?

A. Health sciences to take care of the aging population and people who don’t choose to take care of themselves and computer science — there’s an app for that.

 

Q. What advice do you have for other Savannah leaders in the coming year or decade?

A. Plant more shade trees and plan for their long term maintenance and care.

 

Q. What innovation of yours do you hope will be remembered by future generations?

A. HOAs should qualify as carbon banks.

 

 

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