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