About Us

The Bodhi Tree Foundation is a tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to mobilizing travelers and the tourism industry to help people in need, protect cultural heritage and conserve our planet's biodiversity.

Founded in 2008 by philanthropy-minded business leaders whose lives have been changed by travel, The Bodhi Tree Foundation identifies and nurtures the most effective grassroots charitable initiatives around the world. Deserving charities are carefully vetted by The Bodhi Tree Foundation's Executive Board, who are travel industry professionals and global humanitarians.

Executive Board

Our Board of Directors is composed of leading travel industry professionals and savvy global travelers. Passionately philanthropic, they see The Bodhi Tree Foundation as a unique opportunity to ensure that future generations experience travel as we do today.

  • Jena Gardner | President
    President & CEO
    JG Black Book
  • James Saleh | Secretary/Tresurer
  • Jackie Cittone Magid
    Project Director
    The Bodhi Tree Foundation
  • Melanie Brandman | Board Member
    Founder & CEO
    The Brandman Agency
  • John Calvelli | Board Member
    Executive Vice President, Public Affairs
    Wildlife Conservation Society
  • Costas Christ | Board Member
    Editor at Large
    National Geographic Traveler
  • Betty Jo L. Currie | Board Member
    Currie & Co. Travels Unlimited
  • Mark Lakin | Board Member
    Epic Road

Leadership Council

  • Priscilla Alexander
    Protravel International Inc.
  • Luke Bailes
    Singita Lodges
  • Raymond Bickson
    Managing Director
    Taj Hotels
  • Nicky Fitzgerald
    Fmr. Marketing Director
  • Steve Fitzgerald
    Fmr. CEO
  • Praveen Moman
    Co-founder and Managing Dir.
    Volcanoes Safaris
  • Dennis Pinto
    Managing Director
    Micato Safaris
  • Mahen Sanghrajka
    Big Five Tours & Expeditions
  • John Tedstrom
    President and CEO
    Global Business Coalition
  • Tony Williams
    Director Hospitality Operations
    Msheireb, A Qatar Foundation Company
  • Valerie Wilson
    President and Chairman
    Valerie Wilson Travel

Advisory Council

  • Nikheel Advani
    Chief Operating Officer and Principal
    Grace Bay Resorts
  • Alistair Ballantine
    Sr. VP of Sales and Marketing
    The Oberoi Group
  • Peter Bates
    Strategic Vision
  • Bob Boulogne
    Chief Operating Officer
    Rosewood Hotels & Resorts
  • Stephen Brandman
    Thompson Hotel Group
  • Karen Goldberg
    Director, Sales & Marketing, Hotels & Resorts
  • Philippe Kjellgren
    The Kiwi Collection
  • Jeff Klein
    JK Hotels
  • Ann Layton
    Siren Communications
  • Victoria Mather
    Travel Editor
    Vanity Fair
  • David Morris
    David Morris International
  • Rina Spence
    SpenceCare International
  • Thomas Stanley
    Chief Operating Officer
    Cox & Kings, The Americas
  • Ian Swain
    Owner and Founder
    Swain Tours
  • Marc Telio
    Entrée Destinations
  • Nathaniel Waring
    Cox & Kings USA
  • Brad Wilson
    Chief Operating Officer
    Denihan Hospitality Group
  • Joel Zack
    Heritage Tours Private Travel