About Us

About Pasadena Beautiful Foundation

We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization located in Pasadena, California entirely staffed by volunteers.

Pasadena Beautiful Foundation was founded in 1960 based on the
belief that residents can make a difference in their community. Today, that difference continues through the dedicated efforts of volunteers who are committed to making Pasadena a better place to live and determined to leave a positive environmental impact.

We preserve and protect the Street Tree Canopy. We fund and revitalize public gardens for the public to enjoy in an increasingly urban landscape. We celebrate the efforts of others who plant their own beautiful gardens for us to appreciate through an annual award program for individuals, businesses and organizations. We promote better understanding of how important our natural environment is to our quality of life through all these efforts.

Our President

President Greg King, 2023-2024

Greg King was born and raised in Southern California. He graduated from San Marino High School and majored in Political Science at Colorado College. Greg spent the last 20+ years owning and operating a manufacturing concern in Bell Gardens, California. He is a SCORE Certified Mentor helping small business owners or would be entrepreneurs navigate the reefs and shoals of business operations and ownership.

2023-2024 Officers

  • Brad Hanson

    Immediate Past President

    Brad Hanson grew up in Hillsborough, CA, and went to The Thacher School in Ojai, CA, for high school. 

    His undergraduate degree was a B.A. in Political Science and Spanish Literature at UC Berkeley.  He received his M.B.A. from UC Los Angeles.  

    Upon graduating from UC Berkeley, Brad went to work for what became Franklin Templeton Investments.  During his professional career at Franklin Templeton he became a Senior Vice President and National Director of Sales for the Separate Account Division. 

    He has been involved in several non-profit organizations including  board member of Hillsides School for Children, The Thacher School, The USC Pacific Asia Museum, The Aids Service Center, and The Pasadena Beautiful Foundation. 

  • Suzi Miller

    Vice President

    Suzi Miller was born in Salt Lake City, moved to San Francisco, worked for Xerox Corp, moved to L.A. Became a board member at the Arboretum, Pasadena Humane Society was another interest along with other gardening groups in Pasadena. 

  • John Poer


    John Poer was born in Los Angeles. Raised in Scottsdale, Arizona. Came to California after high school and attended Claremont McKenna College. Became a manufacturer of women’s and girl’s sportswear in Los Angeles, and then spent fourteen years in residential real estate in the San Gabriel Valley.  Former board member and board chairman of Hillsides Home in Pasadena. Currently a board member of “Youth Moving On”, a part of Hillsides.  Board member of Pasadena Beautiful Foundation for the past thirteen years, and currently serving as treasurer. 

  • Pat Lyon


    A fifth generation Californian, Pat grew up in Los Angeles, where she received gardening genes from her father and her grandmothers.  After graduating from the University of Denver, she embarked on a career in travel for the next 38 years.  She has explored the four corners of the earth, including All seven continents.  She is a lifelong Francophile and history buff.  After retiring from corporate travel she eagerly joined Pasadena Beautiful and is the Secretary.   She is a regular at Wednesday Weeders as well as active in various projects. 

  • Chuck Livingstone

    Membership Chair

    Chuck Livingstone grew up in San Marino, CA and attended San Marino schools through High School.  His undergraduate degree was a dual degree(s) BA/BS in Economics and Psychology at California Western University. He received Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges 1964-1965 for outstanding academics and extracurricular activities. He received his MBA from University of Colorado in Bank Management. 

    Upon graduating, he went to work for Bank of America, which became a 30-year banking career, not always with the same bank, however. 

    He has been involved in several non-profit organizations including Pasadena Museum of History, President of Madison Heights Neighborhood Association, The Aids Service Center, President of the Pasadena Wine & Food Society, and President of Pasadena Beautiful Foundation. 

  • Susan Osen


    Susan grew up in San Francisco. Attended the Santa Catalina School, in Monterey and is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley.  She worked in the insurance industry in San Francisco, before moving to Pasadena in 1984. Susan has taught literacy programs, been active in many local school and service organizations, and served on boards of directors for several nonprofits.  She has an extensive background in communication, fundraising, volunteering, and community outreach. In addition to her work with Pasadena Beautiful, she is committed to exploring solutions for housing and homelessness.

  • Joan Aarestad

    Sustainability Chair

    Photo and bio coming soon.

  • Emina Darakjy

    Chair, Tree Program

    Photo and bio coming soon.

2023-2024 Board Members

  • Andrea Atanay
  • Robin Banks
  • Hilary Clark
  • Bette Cooper
  • David Davis
  • Sara Edwards
  • Brooke Garlock
  • Priscilla Gibbs
  • Laramee Haynes
  • Caryn Hofer
  • Chandra King
  • Donna Lee
  • Vicki Livingstone
  • Joyce McGilvray
  • Michael Meeker
  • Angie O’Brien
  • Katherine Solaini
  • Stephen Thornton
  • Gavi Yariv

2023-2024 Advisory Board Members

  • Victoria Bell
  • Martyn Belmont
  • Max Brennan
  • George Brumder
  • Wendy Crowley
  • Nadine Danz
  • Sylvia Hale
  • William Koelsch
  • Gloria Lowry
  • Andrea Nagata
  • Gordon Pashgian
  • Carol Thomson
  • Betsey Tyler
  • Teri Weeks
  • Polly Wheaton

Become A Member

We are a volunteer organization both in our leadership and our services. Everyone who is interested in making the City of Pasadena a better place to live and work through enhancement of the urban forest and streetscapes is welcome to join.