Nearby Nature Staff


Tim Scott

Executive Director

Tim Scott looks to collaborate with other environmentally conscious organizations to advance Nearby Nature Milwaukee’s mission of supporting and celebrating environmentalism in communities of color.
His background in business management, fund development, and community service, as well as his ability to identify growth opportunities, help shape the organization’s strategic vision. Mr. Scott’s strong community connections, experience in mentoring youth in green jobs, and dedication to creating a greener, safer, and more equitable Milwaukee make him a valuable asset to the organization.
As a lifelong Milwaukeean with a history of community service, Mr. Scott’s civic involvement includes serving on various boards and volunteering for organizations such as the Greater Milwaukee Foundation and the Salvation Army. His passion for building strategies for violence prevention aligns with Nearby Nature Milwaukee’s goal of promoting a sustainable and inclusive environment for all residents.

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Makayla Cooper

Youth Educator / Researcher

Makayla is a 2023 Graduate of the UW Milwaukee Ecology and Conservation program.  Her awards and professional association credits are numerous.  She has worked for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources as an analyst intern and as a community volunteer in environmental cleanups and invasive plant control.  In our Youth Education program, she is a rock star to the students.  She is leading kids in 4th through 8th grades in watershed data collection and analysis in locations along Lincoln Creek.

Detaya Johnson

Program Director

With a masters degree in geology and hydrology, plus many years of business experience Detaya brings a scientific and business perspective to her work.  Detaya is the founder of Karma Community Garden and takes a serious interest in her community and its culture. She is great at connecting with people and building partnerships. She was a 2022 recipient of a “Rising Star” award in the third annual African American Environmental Pioneer Awards.  While a research assistant at UW-Milwaukee and with the Racine Health Department, Detaya conducted extensive studies in water quality.  She loves to mentor others as she works for equity and inclusion in environmental sciences.

Detaya Johnson

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Jerica Fehr

Comunity Engagement Strategist
Lincoln Creek Greenway Project Coordinator

Jerica Fehr is a dedicated advocate for environmental justice, community empowerment, and greenspace accessibility in Milwaukee. She completed her Master’s in Sustainable Peacebuilding at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee as an Advanced Opportunity Program Fellow. Through her combined lived experience and academic background, Jerica brings a wealth of knowledge and passion to her work. Jerica views community engagement through a holistic lens, utilizing ecological frameworks and systems thinking to grasp the challenges and assets within communities. With her knack for group facilitation, strategic thinking, and research, she is dedicated to making a lasting impact on both people and the planet.