Tree Media Foundation is a Non-Profit Organisation 501(c)3 that supports education, programs and activities in environmental sustainability and human development.

Vision: Tree Media Foundation advocates self governance for collective reform by offering in-depth analyses and explorations into what our generative future looks like. As much of Tree Media's work is in cause-related filmmaking we develop our projects in combination with actual on-the-ground action.


Prof. Martin Storksdieck

Martin Storksdieck is the director of Oregon State University’s STEM Research Center, and a professor in OSU’s College of Education. The Center consists of a team of professionals from various disciplinary backgrounds who conduct applied research on learning and teaching around STEM and environmental education, informal education, science communication and science engagement at the intersection of research, policy and practice. Prior to joining OSU, Martin directed the Board on Science Education and the Roundtable on Climate Change Education at the U.S. National Academy of Sciences.  Currently, he serves on the Science Advisory Boards for the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Education in Kiel (Germany). He is also the Chair of Trustees for TERC, a nonprofit R&D organization in Cambridge, MA and serves as a board member of the Tree Media Foundation in Los Angeles, CA. Martin is an elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He holds Master’s degrees in biology and public policy and a Ph.D. in education.


Prof. Marcus Elstner

Marcus is a Full Professor with the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany and teaches Theoretical Chemistry.  He received his Diploma in Physics 1993 TU Berlin; Doctoral Degree in 1998 and Postdocs in 1999 from Harvard University; Habilitation in Theoretical Physics in 2003 with the University of Paderborn and W2 Professor in 2006-2009 through TU Braunschweig, Germany.  His principal research Interests are chemical reactivity and spectroscopic properties of complex proteins, organic semi-conductors and quantum mechanical (QM) methodology. Besides the development of such methods-combinations, a large part of his effort concentrates on the development of fast and accurate approximations to Density Functional Theory (DFT) resulting in the DFTB suite of methods.  Recently Marcus has traveled the world lecturing on “Multi-scale Methods for the Investigation of Biological Structures and Processes”.

Stephan McGuire, Executive Director

He's happily back onboard with Tree Media & directing Santa Monica-based Tree Media Foundation where we focus on environmental, humanitarian & action campaigns. Through Stephan's Zürich-based NGO Cernunnos Media he will be developing media projects focused on the foundational principles of critical & thinking as it intersects with spirituality. Through University of Massachusetts he earned a Bachelor's Degree in sustainable development and a double Master's Degree in creative & critical thinking & in international relations. Also, he holds a degree in permaculture through Permaculture College of Australia as well as learning of biodynamics / Steiner / Waldorf / anthroposophy. As a dual citizen of Ireland & USA, Stephan is very much enjoying life as a resident of Rome, Italy. Loving to travel he's visited 45 countries thus far. A member of The Swedenborg Foundation & the International Academy of Consciousness finally he's currently (very slowly) pursuing a PhD doctorate in philosophy, neuroscience and psychology.


Leila Conners

Leila Conners founded Tree Media Group in August of 1996. With a background in international politics, Leila set out to build a production company that creates media to support and sustain civil society by telling inspiring stories. Currently, Leila is writing and directing We the People 2.0 about nature rights; and her longtime project, Into Eden, about how we can change our society and ourselves in the face of disintegrative forces that threaten everything from the biosphere to our economic system. Leila most recently produced a documentary film on the explosion of urban farming in Detroit called Urban Roots. Leila’s first feature-length documentary, The 11th Hour, was co-created with Leonardo DiCaprio. The film included 54 leading thinkers and scientists about the state of the world and the state of the human condition. She has written a feature film script for Ridley Scotts' Scott Free Productions on the state of the oceans. Leila has also been published in newspapers and magazines around the world including the International Herald Tribune, Los Angeles Times, Yomiuri Shimbun and Wired Magazine among others. Projects over the last 10 years with TreeMedia Group include work with the Council on Foreign Relations, NASA, JPL, Norman Lear, Green Cross International, Harvard University, and Hollywood studios among others. Her article on “Death and American Culture” was published in War, Media and Propaganda, published by Rowman and Littlefield.


Lin Morgan Barrett

Lin embraces life! Having lived long and well it is hard to hang a single shingle on her “office” door. A few themes resonate: mother of wonderful children, outstanding athlete, social activist, basketball coach, avid outdoors woman, community organizer and fundraiser. Lin’s career as a social activist, began at the age of 5,  shaped by growing up in West Oakland and San Francisco’s Mission District. She was active in Free Speech, Voter’s Rights, Racial Justice and Criminal Justice Reform movements. Early memories include stories from her Quaker grandfather about her family’s role in the Underground Railroad and organizing labor unions. Throughout her life, she has been influenced by her contemporary Rep. John Lewis who urged: “Stand Up, Speak Up, and Speak Out!” 


Lin graduated from Holy Names University and UC Berkeley School of Criminology (M.S. - Administration of Justice and Forensic Psychology). For 30 years, she worked in corrections and was a forensic psychologist for the Courts. She is in her 61st year as a basketball coach (State of California CIF Model Coach of the Year -2009). In the 90’s, her focus shifted to rural communities and helping build consensus and positive economic, environmental and social results from the violent “Timber Wars.” As a very successful fundraiser she raised many millions of dollars for social, health and youth programs. As we entered the new millennium, she is researching, consulting and supporting individuals and organisations, who are working to address climate change, which she considers the most pressing issue of our time.