Schools: University of Massachusetts (magna cum laude)
Georgetown University, M.B.A. (Beta Gamma Sigma)
Career: Brett loves creating innovative programs to address pressing environmental and development challenges. He has built indigenous ecotourism enterprises in Latin America, helped take Rare’s Pride program around the world, and forged a host of innovative partnerships to advance conservation.
Rare achievements: Under Brett’s leadership, Rare has grown 2000% and continues to foster a strong organizational culture.
Rare is special because of its focus on finding solutions that have been proven to work for people and biodiversity and then finding adaptable templates to make them work in thousands of other places.”
Keith Alger, Ph.D., senior vice president, water and Brazil programs
University of Wisconsin, Madison, master’s and Ph.D.
Career: Conservation International, vice president and director, human dimensions of biodiversity program
Professor at Universidade Estadual de Santa Cruz, Ilhéus Itabuna, Bahia, Brazil
Rare fact: "At one time my Brazilian spouse, who ran an environmental education and wildlife rescue center, and I had 10 capuchin monkeys, an anteater, two macaws and prehensile-tailed porcupine in our backyard."
Schools: Gadja Mada University, nuclear engineering
University of the Philippines, Los Baños
Career: Clinton Climate Initiative, national coordinator (Indonesia)
National Forestry Council, Indonesia, executive chair
Rare observation: "I am an orangutan, which literally means people of the forest. I used to work in forestry. Going underwater was a total contrast. I was struck by the quiet. I wish we, as humans, would do more as we do underwater: observe and be quiet. Be more humble."
Schools: University of Wales, Swansea. BSc (Hons) Marine Biology
University of Exeter, Ph.D. Biology
Career: Smithsonian Institution, marine conservation program coordinator
Centre for Marine Studies, Honduras C.A., founder and executive director
Rare fact: I qualified as a diver on my 18th birthday following a series of frigid dives off the English coast. I decided there and then not to dive in the cold waters of the UK again and have focused on working in tropical seas ever since.
Career: Government of Saint Lucia’s forestry department, advisor
Rare achievement: "Not long ago we were running three Pride campaigns a year, today we run dozens and have offices on multiple continents and a strong track record of change so people and nature thrive."
Career: Indianapolis Museum of Art, Manager of Donor Relations; Ball State University, Director of Development; Think Social Change Consulting, Partner; LIFT, Director of Individual Giving
Rare observation: Solutionology is not a word you will find in a dictionary but at Rare seeking bright spots, pushing the boundaries of what’s possible, and finding new ways to solve persistent problems has real meaning.
Schools: University of Virginia, B.A. English, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
Career: Travel Channel, vice president, marketing and brand strategy; Discovery Communications, marketing director, network and brand strategy; Procter & Gamble; Grey Worldwide Advertising; Teach for America
Rare observation: “Rare’s organizational backbone makes it both unique and highly effective. We don’t export aid or drop in and out of countries. We partner with communities to create measurable impact on the ground. Conservation begins with local people and stays with them for generations.”
I’m a key player in Rare’s signature social marketing campaigns. I partner with local communities to find conservation solutions that benefit both people and nature. Some call me a panther grouper, but I see myself as a behavior change agent.”
Schools: Meloy swam in many schools, but lacks a formal education.
Career: Meloy, Jr, is a second generation mascot, proudly following in the flippers of his celebrity father, Meloy Sr, who has spent his career working to increase food security and improve sustainable fishing practices in coastal communities in Inabanga, the Philippines. Meloy Jr. now swims the world inspiring community pride and spreading the message of Rare’s conservation work with an insatiable love of people and shellfish.
Rare fact: “What I lack in opposable thumbs, I make up for in spirit.”
Some organizations invest a lot of time and money trying to conjure an engaging culture. The Rare culture is organic, infectious, helps us make the world a better place, and is a great source of pride."
Career: Head, Americas HR and Talent Acquisition at Infosys; HR, Talent Acquisition, Talent Management, and Marketing roles at IBM
Rare fact: Worked for a pioneer in video streaming, traveling around the world hosting proof of concept webcasts and driving early adoption. Now my kids tolerate stories of those "old days" as they impatiently wait seconds for their videos to load on their mobile devices.
The energy at Rare is electric! Everyone is relentlessly seeking and testing better ways to help our colleagues and partners implement lasting solutions to meet human needs while keeping nature vibrant."
Schools: Stanford University Graduate School of Business, M.B.A.
Brown University, B.A. Economics and International Relations, magna cum laude
Career: Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN), director of the US Office;
Conservation International, positions included senior VP of organizational strategy, senior VP of resources
Rare fact: I spent my first six years in conservation supporting community-based enterprises, from canopy walkways in Ghana to village owned lodges in Bolivia and tagua (“vegetable ivory”) collection and marketing in Ecuador.