NIYANTA SPELMAN - Chief Executive Officer
Niyanta Spelman, founder and CEO of Rainforest Partnership, knew from an early age that she wanted her life’s work to focus on protecting tropical rainforests.
A winding path took her from childhood in Tanzania and boarding school in India, to work at the first lobbying firm in London. After moving to Texas, she ran a management consultancy and worked with Texas environmental agencies as part of a legislative agency. She chaired a chamber of commerce, served on the Austin planning commission, and sat on a national health advocacy board.
Along the way, she gathered critical knowledge, experiences and education. Then in 2007, she began conducting extensive research and holding in-depth conversations with about 200 people. The idea for Rainforest Partnership crystallized, followed by a business plan – a rarity for a nonprofit. The inspiration became a collective vision with the selection of a founding board, and RP was born on December 17, 2007.
Niyanta now leads a dedicated team in Peru, Texas, and elsewhere in fulfilling RP’s mission to protect tropical rainforests.
JUAN MILLAN - Director of Projects, Latin America
Juan Millan, RP’s Director of Projects for Latin America, previously served as RP’s legal representative in Peru, where he was instrumental in implementing and managing RP’s legal matters and coordinating with local, provincial, regional, and national governmental agencies.
Juan has extensive training in the execution of development projects in international organizations, along with broad experience working with the native and indigenous communities of Peru. His approach to environmental conservation emphasizes protection of the forests through projects promoting economic sustainable activities.
In his 20 years as a lawyer, Juan has served as an advisor to the Peru Subsidiary of NGO Mennonite Economic Development Associates, the NGO Mechanism of Alternating Developments, and the Natural Resources and Environment Management division of the regional government of Junín. He was also legal manager of the regional government of Huancavelica in Peru.
Juan holds a Masters’ degree in International Economic Law from the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru. He also serves as a professor at Universidad Peruana Los Andes (UPLA) in Huancayo and Lima, and Alas Peruanas University (UAP) in Lima.
MARIELA PALACIOS GONZALEZ - Director of Programs - Austin HQ
Mariela Palacios Gonzalez currently works directly with the Executive Director of Programs in Austin, overseeing the development of all project objectives and their implementation. She works closely with RP’s teams in Peru and Austin on the compilation of project data and project processes.
Mariela has an M.S in Biodiversity of Tropical Areas and Conservation from Menéndez Pelayo International University and a B.S In Ecology from University Foundation of Popayan. During her time as a graduate student, Mariela focused on the conservation of amphibian habitats in Northwestern Ecuador.
Mariela has worked with many different ecosystems ranging from the tropical dry forest and the tropical Amazonian rainforest to the biogeographical region of Choco. She worked on several projects in Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru, as a consultant for leading environmental conservation organizations including World Wildlife Fund and The Nature Conservancy. As a consultant for the Colombian Government, she coordinated hydrographic basin management plans. Prior to that, she served as a Biology teacher at Amazon State University in Ecuador.
BETH CAPLAN - Chief Strategy Officer
Beth Caplan is responsible for the planning, development, implementation, evaluation, and oversight of mutually beneficial partnerships. She has worked with RP since its inception, as strategic planner and then strategic advisor to our Executive Director.
A professional analyst whose skillset includes strategic planning, project management, and strategic alliances, Beth’s experience is rooted in her two decade career at NASA’s Johnson Space Center and subsequent work with nonprofit organizations. Her last chapter at NASA focused on pursuing space commercialization and strategic alliances for the International Space Station Program. That transformative experience fuels her passion for building strategic alliances enable each partner to achieve their goals while they do good for the world together.
EUSEBIO ALANYA QUIÑONES - Community-based Coordinator, Colibri Cloudforest Project
Eusebio Alanya Quiñones is a natural leader from the Colibri Cloudforest region. With his wife and two children, Eusebio grows coffee in his chakra, like others in their San Antonio community. During an internship with Colibri Expeditions, Eusebio traveled to Ecuador to learn about ecotourism. In September 2010, he joined RP as the community-based coordinator for the Colibri Cloudforest ecotourism project.
Working directly with the communities of San Antonio and Calabaza and RP teams in Peru and Austin, Eusebio is developing the cloudforest ecotourism project. His work focuses on sustainable conservation through the creation of protected areas, coordination with different governmental entities, and engagement with engineers and specialists. Eusebio is also currently studying administration at a university in Satipo funded by RP.
VOLODYMYR IZERSKYY - Entomologist
Dr. Volodymyr Izerskyy is an entomologist specializing in the breeding and reproduction of insects in Europe (Ukraine and Russia), Africa (Kenya), and Asia (Philippines and Laos). He has nearly 20 years of experience in butterfly conservation management in Peru, and has published papers on the taxonomy of nocturnal and diurnal butterflies.
Dr. Izerskyy currently serves as the legal representative and general manager of the Victoria SAC, a conservation concession area of 2,470 acres neighboring the UNCP conservation concession area and the San Antonio community in Peru. He also manages a wildlife rescue area permitted and supported by the federal government of Peru. With the help of local community members, he rehabilitates and reintroduces illegally poached species into their natural habitat.
Working with Eusebio Quinones, he will lead training for the implementation and maintenance of the butterfly sanctuary.
JANELLE SYLVESTER - Regeneration Project Coordinator
Janelle Sylvester is a specialist in tropical forest restoration and conservation. Working with Rainforest Partnership’s partner communities in Peru, she is designing and implementing forest restoration and agroforestry projects. Part of her work involves helping to designate regional conservation areas and facilitate scientific research. Janelle received a B.S. in Environmental Science and Policy from St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas where she carried out research on wildlife management and campus sustainability. She then received an M.S. in Tropical Biodiversity and Ecosystems from an Erasmus Mundus Masters Programme titled TROPIMUNDO. Erasmus Mundus is an integrated, international study program, jointly delivered by an international consortium of higher education institutions. Over the course of two years, Janelle studied in Belgium, Malaysia, and Italy, and carried out her master’s thesis research in Costa Rica under the supervision of Dr. Karen Holl, a renowned researcher in ecological restoration. Janelle has carried out research and conservation work in Texas woodlands, Amazonian wet forests (Ecuador), premontane humid forests (Costa Rica), subtropical wet forests (Puerto Rico), mangroves (Malaysia), coral reefs (Malaysia) and sea turtle nesting sites (Malaysia). Janelle is excited to be a part of the Rainforest Partnership team. She is striving to help restore and conserve tropical forests in Latin America by promoting sustainable community development and natural resource management.
SEAN MCHUGH - Reasearch Biologist
Sean McHugh is a Large Mammal Research Biologist, very passionate about conserving biodiversity and habitats as a whole. His work and general research include predator ecology, animal behavior, habitat connectivity, mammalian diversity, land management, and protection of wild areas/hotspots. He believes that using animals as flagship or umbrella species we can provide a conservation blanket for the less known but equally important organisms that depend on the same environments.
His research methods are based on the use of remote camera traps. For wildlife, this type of studies is an effective non-invasive way to estimate species occupancy, diversity, densities, and abundance. As a conservation ecologist, he advocates not only for the species he wishes to study but also the habitat these organisms rely on. Sean believes that “we must look to conserve our remaining forest, natural habitats, or wild places and encourage wildlife-human coexistence for the increased quality of life nature provides us. Without the presence of these intact ecosystems and the countless organisms, they harbor the future of the human race is even more uncertain.”
JASMINA MCKIBBEN - Wildlife and Research Documentarian
Jasmina McKibben is a wildlife documentary filmmaker and photographer, who specializes in exposing the stories of species and ecosystems that are threatened by human activity. She aims to unite conservation and art in order to demonstrate the value of these species to a wider audience, and contribute toward their protection through increased public awareness, as well as presenting her documentation to the appropriate government officials in order to strengthen the protection of these areas and species.
Jasmina received a B.A. in Cinema Production from Point Park University and achieved PADI Divemaster certification in Komodo National Park. In addition to her documentary work with Rainforest Partnership, at their Colibri Cloudforest region. She has worked to highlight the conservation struggles of marine species such as Great white sharks and Reef manta rays through the mediums of film and photography. Jasmina aims to continue documenting terrestrial rainforest species and reveal their undiscovered beauty as well as the threats that they face for survival. As part of her work in Peru with Rainforest Partnership, Jasmina has filmed and photographed the elusive Andean bear, as well as a previously unknown population of Woolly monkeys.
LINDA BERGMANN - Accountant
Linda Bergmann retired from the State of Texas after 21 years working as a manager and accountant at several state agencies, including nine years at Texas Parks and Wildlife as Director of Financial Management. She began volunteering her skills as the accountant for Rainforest Partnership in 2013. The mission of RP is dear to her heart, and she finds working with the staff to be a rewarding experience. Linda also works with other non-profits, and enjoys gardening, traveling with her husband, and spending time with her grandchildren.
MARSHALL HUGGINS - Rainforest Partner Coordinator
Marshall Huggins coordinates RP’s Rainforest Partner network around the globe, building new relationships and support to grow RP’s impact on rainforest conservation. He works closely with the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Strategy Officer on strategic outreach and partner development.
With a background in management consulting and supply chain management, Marshall draws on his robust problem-solving experience to improve communication, strategy, and operations at RP. Whether they are organizational or environmental, he has learned that effective solutions are powered by a strong network of dedicated people.
Marshall graduated from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas, where he started and led an environmental organization for students interested in clean tech, resource sustainability, and conservation. He coordinated UT student participation in several international campaigns for climate and tropical rainforests, driven by his growing awareness of deforestation and its contribution to climate change.
Board of Directors
HAZEL BARBOUR - Board Chair
Hazel worked for many years at the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), where she was the manager of the agency’s Mobile Source Emission Reduction Programs. When she learned that more carbon is released into the atmosphere from cutting down and burning trees than from all the cars and trucks in the world, Hazel decided that helping Niyanta start Rainforest Partnership could be a positive way to make a difference regarding carbon emissions and climate change.
Hazel’s past work experience includes serving as Shell UK’s first community affairs adviser. She was awarded the Member of the Order of the British Empire medal from Queen Elizabeth II for her service to the UK community through her work at Shell. A graduate of the LBJ School of Public Affairs, Hazel researched the effects of climate change on the state of Texas in the early 1990s, before most people were paying attention to this critical subject. She believes that RP’s model and way of working is one of the keys to saving the rainforests for us all.
LUIS FELIPE DUCHICELA - Treasurer
Luis Felipe Duchicela joined our board in 2015 and has known Rainforest Partnership’s work and the team since our inception. He introduced RP to our Ecuadorian partner CyD, which led to the creation of our Sani Isla project, and he continues to serve RP with the wise counsel and substantial experience gained from his work in the private, government, and nonprofit sectors throughout Latin America.
Luis Felipe is Ecuadorian, of Quechua descent from the Puruha People of the Chimborazo province in the central Andes of Ecuador. In 1994, he became Ecuador’s first National Secretary of Indigenous Affairs. He currently serves as the Senior Advisor for Indigenous Peoples for the World Bank, where his primary job is to create a constructive dialogue with Indigenous Peoples worldwide to achieve deeper understanding and to work together toward sustainable development. Prior to that, Luis Felipe served as Executive Director of the Amazon Conservation Association, leading the organization with special focus on the Peruvian and Bolivian Amazon regions. He also served as the Regional Director for Rainforest Alliance, first in Central America and Mexico and later in Ecuador and the Andean Amazon Region.
FRANK RICHARDS - Chief Governance Officer & Secretary
Frank Richards is a seasoned entrepreneur, CEO, and growth executive with 20+ years success founding, building, and growing companies. A serial entrepreneur, Frank is at the forefront of coupling internet marketing strategies with traditional marketing and customer loyalty.
Currently, Frank is the founder and CEO of Rally4 a leading technology and solutions providers to the nonprofit industry. Frank was the founder and CEO of SmartZip Analytics, Inc., a big data and predictive analytics firm serving the home services industry, which is a venture-backed (CCV, Javelin, and Intel Capital) company he
founded in 2008.
Frank has made a career out of helping fortune 1000 companies acquire new
customers and create loyalty, bringing that to the nonprofit industry to empower social and mission-driven organizations to grow and have more impact to make the world a better place.
Board of Advisors
CHARLES ATTAL - Advisor
Charles Attal has been a driving force in the entertainment industry since he first launched his independent promotions company, Charles Attal Presents (CAP), 20 years ago. In 2007, he teamed up with long-time friends Charlie Jones and Charlie Walker to form a partnership that would evolve to become C3 Presents, a venture that combines booking expertise and large-scale production strategy to produce some of the biggest, premier music events in the country, including the Austin City Limits Music Festival, Lollapalooza, and Bonnaroo.
Charles leads all talent booking and concert promotion for C3. With 16 ACL Music Festivals and 13 Lollapaloozas (each averaging 130+ artists per festival) under his wing, he has developed long-lasting, professional relationships with top tier artists, managers and talent agencies across the globe. C3 books and promotes thousands of concerts, selling almost a million in tickets in 2017 for arena, theater, and club shows, as well as drawing over a million attendees for casino concerts across the country. Since Live Nation acquired a controlling stake in C3 in 2015, Charles took the lead on all global deals built with the Live Nation International Team.
In 2007, Charles was named Independent Promoter of the Year by Pollstar, and received live music’s highest honor in 2005, 2013, and 2014— Pollstar’s Bill Graham Award for Promoter of the Year. Billboard also named C3 Presents Billboard’s Top Independent Promoter 2010-2014.
“Front of house, back of house,” says Attal. “You have to make it a comfortable environment for everyone, or they’re not coming back, whether that’s a band, a patron or a vendor.”
Each year Charles lends his talent booking expertise to C3’s expanding portfolio of events domestically and across the globe, including Music Midtown (Atlanta), Voodoo Music + Arts Experience (New Orleans), FPSF (Houston), Shaky Knees (Atlanta), Shaky Beats (Atlanta), Auckland City Limits Music Festival (New Zealand), as well as international editions of Lollapalooza in Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Berlin, and Paris.
“I’m a believer in controlling your own data,” he explains. “Bands have to understand who they’re marketing to, and that’s our job as promoters, to collect and use that information correctly by working with the groups to facilitate the knowledge of who their audience is and how to best reach them. That’s a growth area which is just getting started.”
Charles’ eclectic background includes playing baseball at Concordia University and even a stint in a punk band. Attal is an avid collector of fine art and antiques, and spends free time with his daughters Gemma and Milla.
JOHN DOGGETT - Advisor
John Doggett served as Board Chair for Rainforest Partnership from 2011 – 2014, where he used his expertise in research and teaching and his interests in international entrepreneurship, global competition and sustainability to guide RP.
John is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Management at the University of Texas. He received his B.A. from Claremont Men’s College, his J.D. from Yale Law School and his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. Since 1999, John has spent part of each summer and winter teaching courses on entrepreneurship and global competition in Austria, China, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand. Since the spring of 2003, he has led MBA students on observation tours to China and India.
HUGH FORREST - Advisor
Hugh Forrest is our most recent addition to the Rainforest Partnership Team. Hugh serves as Chief Programming Officer for South by Southwest (SXSW), the annual Spring festival in Austin that brings together more than 50,000 industry creatives from across the US and around the world. SXSW inspires these creative minds through nine days of panels, presentations, brainstorming, networking, deal-making, socializing, creating, innovating, and fun.
Hugh was named “Austinite of the Year” in 2012 by the Austin Chamber of Commerce (along with fellow SXSW Directors Roland Swenson, Louis Black and Nick Barbaro). In 2014, Hugh and these other SXSW Directors were named Austin Entrepreneurs of the Year by Ernst & Young.
In addition to his work at SXSW, Hugh previously served on the National Advisory Board for the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Florida. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Austin Habitat for Humanity and as a trustee for the Austin Awesome Foundation. Before joining SXSW in 1989, he founded a small alternative publication called The Austin Challenger and wrote for several other local newspapers and publications. Hugh majored in English at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio.
KARLA JOHANNING - Advisor
Karla Johanning, a native of Costa Rica, is the CEO and founder of KJ Scientific LLC, an environmental chemical testing company located at the Texas Life Sciences Collaboration Center in Georgetown, TX. Her company tests chemicals used in pesticides, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, consumer goods, and personal care products that have the potential to affect human or environmental health. Under new regulations in the European Union, these regulations affect US and global companies that have or will do business in Europe.
Karla’s passion and experience focus on environmental biology, in particular eco-toxicology. She is an active member of the Human and Environmental Safety Institute, Washington DC, the Bioaccumulation Sub-committee and the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC).
Karla worked for several years at Life Technologies and CellzDirect as a Project Manager/Study Director responsible for overseeing drug metabolism studies and building and leading the ecotoxicology unit. Prior to that, she worked as a Sr. Research Scientist in the Environmental Endocrinology Lab at the Center for Bioenvironmental Research at Tulane in the field of endocrine disruption.
Karla holds a B.S. degree in Zoology and Marine Biology from the University of Costa Rica in her native country. She later earned an M.Sc. in Fisheries and Aquaculture and a Ph.D. in Zoology/Comparative Endocrinology from the University of Rhode Island. She did post-doctoral research at the Louisiana State University Medical Center (Dept. of Biochemistry) and at Tulane University Cancer Center.
SERGIO A. LIRA - Advisor
Sergio A. Lira (Alejandro) serves as advisor, translator, connector and occasionally gentle mediator in RP’s partner community. Alejandro is a lawyer, artist, and art collector who studied both fine arts and law at Cornell University before building a career as a Cultural Manager. His long talks with the scholar Carl Sagan introduced him to the concept of ‘healing the world,’ which inspired him to do ecosystem restoration and work with neglected communities.
At a young age, as part of the ‘Libertad’ movement led by Nobel laureate Mario Vargas-Llosa, Alejandro was appointed Editor of the International News Bulletin. For decades he turned his personal art-studio into the project ‘Estudio 235,’ providing artistic opportunities to Peruvian and international artists and allowing him to be a promoter of culture and the arts. Alejandro splits his time between Lima and his newest project, Lyria, in Lamas, San Martin, where his love for art and culture meets his interest in ecosystem restoration and sustainability.
BOB WARNEKE - Advisor
Bob Warneke is a founding board member who re-joined the RP board from 2015-2018, and now serves as an advisor. A Texas lawyer who has been involved in habitat conservation issues for over 30 years, he is now retired and devotes much of his time to protecting habitat, with a focus on sustaining bird populations.
From 2004 to 2013, Bob served on the Board of Directors of the American Birding Association. For over a decade, he has served as President of the Board of the Malcolm C. Damuth Foundation, a private philanthropy focused on the conservation of wild lands.
He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Texas Conservation Alliance, a statewide conservation organization that advocates primarily for East Texas forests and rivers. He is also an adviser to the Tropical Forest Forever Fund, which was established to help protect tropical forests and is administered by the Gulf Coast Bird Observatory.
LEAH BARCLAY - Rainforest Listening
Dr. Leah Barclay joined the RP board in 2015. She created Rainforest Listening, the augmented sound reality project made in partnership with RP. Leah is an Australian interdisciplinary artist, creative producer, composer, and researcher, who specializes in electroacoustic music, sound art, and acoustic ecology. She has received critical acclaim for her immersive performances, installations, and large-scale community projects that explore volatile environments ranging from the central Amazon Rainforest to the floor of the Australian ocean.
Leah’s work has been commissioned, performed, and exhibited to wide acclaim across the globe. Her dynamic career includes designing education programs for UNESCO, directing interdisciplinary research projects for universities across Australia and the US, and facilitating partnerships between communities, NGOs, and government to explore creative approaches to climate action. Leah is currently an artist in residence at the Australian Rivers Institute, the president of the Australian Forum for Acoustic Ecology, and the founder and artistic director of Biosphere Soundscapes, a large-scale interdisciplinary project exploring the changing soundscapes of UNESCO Biosphere Reserves across the world.
MIKE CANZONERI - Digital Consultant
When he was just a child watching nature documentaries on public television in Chicago, Mike knew that someday he would live in the tropical American rain forest. Now living in Costa Rica, he owns and protects several hundred acres of coastal rain forest there. He is focused on wildlife conservation, with a special interest in jaguars and other wild cats, and has a desire to expand his rain forest properties to help create biological corridors.
A software engineer by trade, when Mike is not crashing through the Costa Rican rain forest, he’s busy running the custom technology services company he co-founded in 2010. Mike became connected with Rainforest Partnership shortly after its inception and has served as a technology advisor, working mainly with the web development team.
EILEEN KELLER - Social Physicist
Eileen is recognized as one of the world’s foremost media authorities on advertising. She recently worked as Cabletron’s Marketing Director for one of their spin-off companies, where she was responsible for coordinating the marketing efforts for 70 countries out of the London headquarters. She started her career at McCann Erickson in Dallas, buying time for Coca-Cola USA, before going on to New York and then back to Austin. She has been involved with over 2,500 clients in her career, from presidential candidates to international placement for Dell and AMD. Eileen authored a textbook on media and has been teaching her craft for over 20 years.
Eileen currently serves as a member of the Media Managers Advisory Committee for BPA Worldwide, and has been named a member of America’s Professional Who’s Who, a past-president of the Austin Advertising Federation, recipient of the Silver Service Award for her Public Service activity, and was named Educator of the Year in 2004. She blogs at ideality.com.
CHRISTOPHER SCHMITT - Research Scientist
Christopher A. Schmitt is Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Biology at Boston University where he is also Co-PI of the Sensory Morphology and Genomic Anthropology Lab. He has conducted over 70 months of field research on wild non-human primates, including in Argentina, Costa Rica, Ecuador, The Gambia, Malawi, Nicaragua, Peru, South Africa, and St. Kitts & Nevis.
His research interests include primate life history and development, conservation genetics and genomics, and using genomics techniques to better understand the influence of ecological variation and human impacts on primate metabolism and growth. You can learn more about his research at http://www.evopropinquitous.net.
DEBORAH TOMPKINS - Project Consultant
Deb Tompkins is the founder of Sage Point, a consulting firm that specializes in strategic marketing, communications and training for organizations in the non-profit and development sector. In her 25-year career, she has spent extensive time in southern Africa, southeast Asia, and Latin America working with non-governmental organizations, community-based groups and women’s cooperatives to build entrepreneurship skills. She believes investing in the education, support and livelihoods of women is the key to promoting sustainable development. For Rainforest Partnership, she is working on communications projects as well as with the project teams at RP’s headquarters and within programs, and is working directly with the Sani Isla community to provide targeted training for the staff of Sani Lodge and for the Sani Warmi women’s project.
ROBERT H. KAESER - Strategic Adviser
Robert serves as a strategic advisor to Rainforest Partnership, advising and representing RP in Germany while working to identify and connect to potential strategic partners in German-speaking countries across Europe. Robert specializes in policy, strategic advising, advocacy on sustainable development, clean energy, global climate change for non-profit organizations, trade associations, and public funding.
Robert’s experience roots from seven years with helping strengthen the structuralize local NGOs in Ecuador with German cooperation GIZ. Born as a son of German parents in Ecuador, he’s combined both cultural backgrounds and speaks both languages fluently. Currently, he is setting up a volunteering program regarding the social and ecological segment in the Amazon basin of Ecuador for German-speaking students and teachers. As an economist, he’s also invested in solar photovoltaic panels within a second life cycle in Colombia and Ecuador as an alternative for the local industry.
ALEXANDER SANTA MALDONADO - Media Advisor
Alexander Santa Maldonado currently works with media production, mainly shooting and video editing the audiovisual material to spread the Rainforest Partnership message to our audiences.
Alexander has a M.S in New Trends and Innovation Processes in Communication from University Jaume I, Spain, and a B.S in Social Communication and Journalism from University of Antioquia, Columbia. During his time as a graduate student, Alexander focused on media production for communities with educational goals.
Alexander has worked with many different media projects ranging from educational documentaries to travel series. He has also served as an assistant researcher and teacher in audiovisual production, video editing, and cinema history for the University of Antioquia and the Cooperative University of Colombia.
BRUCE SHARRAR - Information Technology Specialist
Bruce is a proud volunteer at Rainforest Partnership. His tech skills keep our global network running, and keep our partners in communication.
KEVIN READY - Communications Strategy
Kevin is an entrepreneur, business author, and public speaker. He assists Rainforest Partnership in strategy, branding, and communications. He has built companies in the online retail, real estate, and digital mapping industries. In addition to his startup work, he has applied his startup skillset leading corporate innovation projects for a number of fortune 500 companies.
He is a frequent public speaker and educator on innovation, marketing, and startups. His first business book is titled “Startup: An Insider’s Guide to Launching and Running a Business.” In his support of Rainforest initiatives, he hopes to provide on soil conservation, reforestation, and social impact at the community level.
He is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and holds degrees in Asian Studies, Computer Science, and Engineering. His business writing has been published in numerous outlets including Forbes and the Wall Street Journal.
Volunteers & Interns
FRANCISCO GARCIA – Films for the Forest
JENNIFER JIN – Outreach and Events
CHRISTIAN KELSO – Outreach and Legal
LOGAN CONCIENNE – Media Intern
BAKAYOKO VAFLALY – Corporate Sustainability Partnerships
TAYLOR SCARBOROUGH – Communications Specialist
LESLIE LINDSEY – Event Coordinator
PHILIP RUSSELL – Translation
MARIANNA GRENADIER – Graphic Design
JESSICA BAUMLER – Graphics and Marketing Intern
YARITZA TORRES – Projects
KASSANDRA BARRERA – Projects
RYAN MITAMURA – IT Intern
LAUREN THORNTON – Films for the Forest Coordinator
ALEJANDRO HERNANDEZ – Media Coordinator
MADDY CANTU – World Rainforest Day Coordinator