Brett Jenks, President and CEO of Rare

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For more than twenty-five years, Rare has empowered local communities in over fifty countries to shift from being resource users to environmental stewards. Rare’s unique approach trains local leaders to lead change, leaving a legacy of increased capacity and a sense of ownership, responsibility and pride in conservation. Jenks leads Rare’s organizational development, from strategic planning to program development and fundraising. Under Brett’s leadership, Rare has expanded to five continents and reached six million people; formed worldwide partnerships with the leading environmental NGOs; and received four Fast Company Social Capitalist Awards. Prior to his work with Rare, Brett served as the Costa Rica Program Director for WorldTeach, and as both a journalist and filmmaker. He graduated magna cum laudefrom the University of Massachusetts and holds an MBA with honors from Georgetown University.