Protecting rainforests from the ground up, top-down, and from all angles at once.

From crafting management plans with rainforest communities to bringing the world together on World Rainforest Day-- Rainforest Partnership protects standing forests  from the ground up, the top down, and from all angles at once.

We are fiercely committed to championing hope; we project, embody, and radiate hope as a critical tool that drives real action and real connection.

Rainforest Partnership conserves and restores tropical rainforests to support a healthy and vibrant planet.

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.
A lake from the rainforest.
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.
Foggy morning in the rainforest
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
Films for the forest event poster.
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.
Mayor of Austin and the RP team.
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.
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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Fanny Cornejo
Country Director, Peru

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Beth Caplan
Chief Strategy Officer

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Carlos Tello
Administrator, Peru

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Monica Alzamora
Conservation Director, Peru

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Nabeel Vira
Director of Operations

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Amalia Llano
Director of Education
and Research

Anne Hebert
Marketing and Communications

Sierra Hartman
Chief Development Officer

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Nia Gorbunova
World Rainforest Day Coordinator

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Andrea Builes Vélez
Films for the Forest Coordinator

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Roshan (Rosie) Khan
Gen Z for the Trees
Co-Lead

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Rosa Gordillo
Amazonas & Ucayali
Projects Coordinator

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Raina Chinitz
Projects Coordinator

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Kevin López
Project Technician, Peru

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Pablo Venegas
Herpetologist

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Geovanny Siquihua
Ecuador Project Coordinator

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Senaida Cerda
Ecuador Project Coordinator

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Gerson Ferrer
Communications
Coordinator, Peru

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Angélica Camargo Flórez
Communications Coordinator

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Mihnea Patrascu
Website UI/UX Designer

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Luther vom Eigen
Storyteller & New Ventures Researcher

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Tadzio Mac Gregor Schneider
Global Engagement Head of Partnerships

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Antuane Cornejo
Project Assistant, Peru

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María Albornoz
Communications
Assistant, Peru

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Percy Saravia
Productive Project Specialist, Peru

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Mac Allister Quintanilla
Specialist in Conservation, Peru

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Jennifer Jin
Digital Marketing & Outreach

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Jose Maluquis
Project Assistant, Peru

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Karo Carvajal
Graphic Designer

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Kim Chua
Graphic Designer

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Rick Baraff
Creative Consultant and Videographer

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Gladis Cotrina
Communications, Peru

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Dileta Alania
Graphic Designer, Peru

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Sophie Molinari
Engagement Support

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Jamie Ziah
Gen Z for the Trees Co-Lead

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Hana Hussaini
Gen Z for the Trees Outreach

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Indrani Sarkar
Salesforce & HubSpot Administrator

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Katelynn Rivera
Recruitment and HR

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Hector Cornejo
Logistics Assistant, Peru

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Joshua Dollarhide
Recruitment Co-Coordinator

Advisors

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Deborah Tompkins
Communications & Training Specialist

Colborn Bell
Digital Asset Advisor

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Preeyus Patel
Environmental Advisor for Gen Z for the Trees

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Salmeron Barnes
Strategic Advisor

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Scott Thomas
Marketing & Outreach Advisor

Peter Houlihan
Education & Research Advisor

Reed Crossley
Digital Strategist

Lou Stover
Marketing Advisor

Board members

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Frank Richards
Board Chair

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Hazel Barbour
Board Treasurer

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Kristin Owen
Board Secretary

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Lucia Gallardo
Board Member

Laura Hall
Board Member

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