Our Team

The Rainforest Trust staff is a dedicated, experienced team of conservation professionals.

Combating the complex threats facing our world’s tropical ecosystems takes perseverance, vision and commitment. Our dedicated team has already halted destructive threats to millions of acres. Every day, their hard work and passion propel Rainforest Trust’s conservation strategy while helping to shape a sustainable future for the tropics.

All Board members are current, independent voting members.

Dr. Paul Salaman

Chief Executive Officer

Dr. George E. Wallace

Chief Conservation Officer

Leslie VanSant

Chief Philanthropy Officer

Marc Ford

Chief Outreach Officer

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John D. Mitchell


John is a Research Fellow at the New York Botanical...

Dr. Eric Veach


Sally F. Davidson


Sally is the Chairman of the Board at Clyde’s Restaurant...

Dr. Wayt Thomas


Wayt is a leading authority on the plants of the...

Geoffrey Chen

Board Member

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Dr. Bruce Beehler

Council Member

Dr. Gwen Brewer

Council Member

Dr. Thomas Brooks

council member

Dr. Nigel Collar

council member

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