What others say about Michael Leff


"Michael is pragmatic and well organized, and also possesses excellent interpersonal and communication skills. He has the ability to tease out common goals among diverse partners, and to skillfully guide a group toward achieving its goals. ... I appreciate the trust he was instrumental in establishing with us and other partners."

- Ellen Roane, Urban Forestry Program Coordinator, Bureau of Forestry, PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources


"Michael has an amazing ability to work with people who don't get along. That's a real leadership quality, not just 'works well with people' skill."

- Monica Lear, Forest Health Protection Director, USDA Forest Service


"Through my work with Michael in various endeavors, I have come to admire his organizational skills, administrative capabilities, and ability to communicate ideas and delegate tasks to others. [As President of the SER Mid-Atlantic Chapter], he quickly began strengthening the chapter through committee structure and recruitment. He also wasted no time in seeking connections with similar organizations, and leveraging those connections for the benefit of both organizations. ... Michael's amicable personality puts people at ease and has helped in recruiting others into the chapter and the board. Yet his steadfastness in seeing projects through has also earned him tremendous respect from colleagues and sponsors of our activities."

- Dennis Burton, Founding President of SER-MA Chapter, NYC Parks & Recreation


"Michael has the ability to motivate his colleagues and to keep them focused. He is very persuasive and seems genuinely to enjoy working collaboratively; he's no grandstander, and gives credit where it is due. One of Michael's greatest strengths is his even temper and his ability to smooth ruffled feathers. ... Michael is extremely personable and outgoing -- critical abilities when it comes to soliciting support one-on-one."

- David Robertson, Executive Director, Pennypack Ecological Restoration Trust, Huntingdon Valley, PA


"Your positive energy and enthusiasm have always been a great inspiration to me!"

- Brian Vadino, Watershed Specialist, Delaware County Conservation District, PA