Protecting rainforests from the ground up.

Rainforest Partnership helps conserve and restore tropical rainforests by working directly with local communities in our areas of focus to develop sustainable livelihoods that empower, benefit, and respect both people and nature.


december 2007

Rainforest Partnership is founded

The idea for Rainforest Partnership crystallized in 2007 after conducting extensive research and holding in-depth conversations with about 200 people. This inspiration became a collective vision and now RP has dedicated teams and partners in Texas, Peru, Mexico, Ecuador, Colombia and elsewhere with a common goal of fulfilling RP’s mission to protect tropical rainforests.

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A lake from the rainforest.
Foggy morning in the rainforest
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november 2008

First project funded in Peru

We successfully partnered with the community of Chipaota in the Peruvian Amazon conserving 9,000 acres by creating a plan to sustainably harvest the piassaba palm fiber - the community’s principal economic asset.

may 2010

Films for the Forest competition launched and screened

Films For the Forest (F3) is a global short film competition that strives, through the powerful medium of film, to create awareness about the importance of tropical rainforests and the ongoing threats faced by forests and their communities

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Films for the forest event poster.
Mayor of Austin and the RP team.
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june 2017

World Rainforest Day launched

World Rainforest Day was created in 2017 to celebrate the importance and diversity of rainforests, foster a sense of shared, global responsibility and stewardship, and ignite collective action to protect tropical rainforests around the world.

june 2020

Gen Z for the Trees

Gen Z for the Trees (Z4T) is a youth-oriented and entirely youth-led initiative with a bold mission: engage youth on rainforest protection, overcome the oversimplification of conservation work, and shift the narrative on climate change from despair to optimism and action.

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Gen Z for the Trees team.

Our team

Our team is our most powerful form of capital. We bring together volunteers, interns, employees, contractors,  pro bono experts, and partners, creating a pool of wealth
designed for resilience.

Our team is the wealth that powers our high-impact engine and enables us to create vast and lasting results at lower costs.

The multitude of backgrounds, voices, talents, and resources each of our team members brings comes together to form a powerful collective patchwork of rainforest partners.

Our role as convener of this wide network makes us nimble, creative, strategic, and bold. 

World map of volunteers.

Our team is as diverse as the rainforests we protect.

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Niyanta Spelman
Chief Executive Officer & Board Member

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Beth Caplan
Chief Strategy Officer

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Nabeel Vira
Director of Operations

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Sophie Molinari
Director of Engagement

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Raina Chinitz
Projects Coordinator

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Amalia Llano
Education & Research Coordinator

Board members

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Frank Richards
Board Chair

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Hazel Barbour
Board Treasurer

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Lina Constantinovici
Board Secretary

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Lucia Gallardo
Board Member

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Kristin Owen
Board Member

Peru team

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Fanny Cornejo
Country Director

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Monica Alzamora
Conservation Director

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Carlos Tello

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Rosa Gordillo
Amazonas & Ucayali
Projects Coordinator

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Floro Ortiz
Ayacucho Projects

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Luis Paz-Soldán
Junin Projects Coordinator

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Kevin López
Project Technician

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Natalia López
Project Assistant

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Antuane Cornejo
Project Assistant

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Gerson Ferrer

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Karo Carvajal

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María Albornoz

Ecuador team

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Geovanny Siquihua
Ecuador Project Coordinator

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Senaida Cerda
Ecuador Project Coordinator

Program leads

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Samantha deGavre
Films for the Forest Coordinator

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Veronica Rebollo
World Rainforest Day Coordinator

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Roshan (Rosie) Khan
Gen Z for the Trees Lead

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