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championing efforts to inspire change for people and nature.

We want Rare to achieve outsized impacts by finding what works for nature AND people and taking these promising approaches to scale.”

Brett Jenks, President and CEO
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Joined Rare staff: 1995

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 hard work. But when the cause is in your heart, you wake up knowing you are doing something good.”

Taufiq Alimi, vice president, Indonesia
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Joined Rare staff: 2011

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."


Rare’s courage to take risks makes me proud to work here. We are not afraid to take on ambitious efforts addressing big, intractable environmental challenges. That’s what conservation demands.”

Anna Bartlett, chief of staff
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Joined Rare staff: 2006

School: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.A. with distinction

Career: As a recently-minted college grad, Anna started as executive assistant at Rare when it had 35 staff members. Before joining Rare, she lived and interned in Malawi, Chile, and Portland, Oregon.

Rare observation: "The communities and Rare Fellows who do the painstaking, on-the-ground work that make community-led conservation possible are my inspiration."


Rare provides the opportunity to translate conservation theory into on the ground reality - identifying solutions and empowering local communities to enact lasting change."

Stephen Box, Ph.D., vice president, global fisheries solutions
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Joined Rare staff: 2016

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.


I can recall sitting in an airport 15 years ago with Brett Jenks. Rare had a budget of less than $1 million and staff could be counted on two hands. Sometimes it pays to dream big!”

Paul John Butler, senior vice president
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Joined Rare staff:  1988

School: North East London Polytechnic, B.S.

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."


Rare’s collaborative and engaged culture results in an approach to conservation that delivers an enduring impact. I’m thrilled to be part of Rare."

Tim Childress, chief financial officer
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Joined Rare staff: 2015

Schools: Arizona State University, B.S. Accounting cum laude, Beta Alpha Psi

SUNY-ESF Ranger School, Forest Technology

Career: Population Services International; FINCA International; Accenture; Global Knowledge; Overture Services; PricewaterhouseCoopers; KPMG

Rare factI began my professional life in forestry and one of my roles was a wild land fire fighter on the Alpine Hotshot wildfire crew based at the Grand Canyon National Park. 

carl davis

Giving transforms lives. At Rare we’re solving some of the world’s toughest challenges in ways that are transformative for the lives of donors and the lives of others."

Carl Davis, vice president, Individual Giving
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Joined Rare staff: 2016

Schools: Ball State University, cum laude

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.


The community we have at Rare, the values we live and the commitment to the work we do is amazing.”

Dale Galvin, managing director, sustainable markets and finance
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Joined Rare staff: 2004

Schools: Cornell University, B.A. in economics

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) Sloan School of Management, MBA

Career: Jitia Software (a PA Consulting Group company), CEO

Bullet Point News, Inc., CEO and founder

PA Consulting Group (North America), chief financial officer

Rare fact: "I think I wore a suit on my first day of work."

Kerri Hannigan

Rare is the best nonprofit many have never heard about. I came here to change that.”

Kerri Hannigan, vice president, marketing and communications
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Joined Rare staff: 2014

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.”

Meloy Jr, chief FINspiration officer
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Joined Rare Staff: 2012 after years at sea

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.”


I want to help Rare build the strongest community voice for lasting government support for the best solutions we can find.”

Gerald Miles, vice president, global development
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Joined Rare staff: 2013

Schools: Griffith University, Australia, bachelor’s in environmental science

Murdoch University, Australia, graduate diploma in community science

Australian National University, master’s in resource and environmental studies

Career: The Nature Conservancy, regional director external affairs and policy

Pacific Regional Environment Programme, head of division/environmental management and planning

Rare fact: "I once found myself standing with, then presidents, François Mitterand and Fidel Castro after a photo shoot at the Earth Summit in Brazil."


I joined Rare’s board as part of my job for one of Rare’s funders. I liked it so much, I joined the staff two years later!”

Martha Piper, managing director, global solutions
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Joined Rare staff: 2009

Schools: Miami University, B.A.

University of Virginia’s Darden School, M.B.A.

Career: New Profit, partner

Corporate Executive Board, managing director

Rare goals: "I hope to get Rare to its next level of growth and organizational maturity. I have experience scaling fast-growing businesses and can bring that expertise to Rare’s work."

Rocky Tirona

When I hear mayors, Rare Fellows and community members talk about how working with Rare has changed them, I know we are making a difference."

Rocky Sanchez Tirona, vice president, Philippines
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Joined Rare staff: 2013

School: University of the Philippines, Diliman, B.A. Psychology

Career: Campaigns Social Response, managing director

Campaigns and Grey, creative director

Rare fact: "I am in the one percent of Filipinos who can’t sing. Working at Rare in the Philippines has forced me to face that fear."


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."

Karen Ziffer, chief development officer
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Joined Rare staff: 2015

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.