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Brett Jenks

CEO of Rare

Brett Jenks

Brett Jenks is the President and CEO of Rare, a global conservation organization whose mission is to inspire change so people and nature thrive. In this role, Brett oversees Rare’s international effort to equip people in the world’s most biologically diverse areas with the tools and motivation they need to protect their natural resources.

During his tenure, he has created multiple, large-scale partnerships with The Nature Conservancy, Conservation International, Oceana, Environmental Defense Fund, UNESCO, AVEDA, Encourage Capital, Bloomberg Philanthropies, and the ministries of environment and fisheries of many nations. Having grown Rare more than 2800% since 2000, Brett is now focused on helping Rare scale conservation innovations, especially around fisheries and freshwater. 

Prior to Rare, Brett was a journalist and filmmaker, and he served as the Costa Rica Field Coordinator for WorldTeach, a non-profit based at Harvard’s Center for International Development. Brett is a Catto Fellow, Braddock Scholar, and McNulty Prize laureate with the Aspen Institute, a member of the Closed Loop Fund’s investment committee, and an advisor to the Grantham Trust.  Brett earned his B.A. (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) from the University of Massachusetts and his M.B.A. (Beta Gamma Sigma) from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business.

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