Carmia Feldman has held the position of Assistant Director at the UC Davis Arboretum (now UC Davis Arboretum & Public Garden) since 2006 and previously served as the Education Director since 2001. She has helped develop and implement the UC Davis GATEways Project (GATEways stands for Gardens, Arts and The Environment), which is transforming the Arboretum and other campus landscapes into physical and programmatic gateways for the public to engage and share in the riches of the university. She has worked with many stakeholders and audiences over the years to bring teaching gardens and educational programs to fruition.
Carmia has been PI on many regional and federal grants at the Arboretum and has led interpretive and educational projects throughout the collections. Carmia has also led leadership training programs for both staff and students, focusing on a strengths-based model of leadership and management. She received her undergraduate degree in integrative biology from UC Berkeley and worked in the education department at the University of California Botanical Garden at Berkeley as a student and then staff member before becoming education director at the California Institute for Biodiversity. She went on to receive a master’s degree in plant ecology and a Ph.D. in science education from UC Davis. She was honored in 2013 as “Non-profit Leader of the Year” by the California Institute for Biodiversity.