Our Advisory Board is comprised of distinguished leaders in conservation, science, and philanthropy. The board helps make sure our efforts to protect species and habitat are maximized.
Sean Gerrity is the Founder of American Prairie Reserve. He served as President of APR from its beginnings in 2001 through 2017. Prior to joining American Prairie Reserve, Mr. Gerrity co-founded Catalyst Consulting, a Silicon Valley-based company started in 1985 which still operates today, specializing in organization alignment, strategy development and implementation.
He is a past Fellow of National Geographic Society and is currently a National Geographic Explorer. National Wildlife Federation (NWF) presented him with their 2016 Special Achievement Award for Extraordinary Contribution to the Conservation of Wildlife and Natural Resources. He is on the International Advisory Council for African People & Wildlife. He has served on the board of American Prairie Reserve Trustees since 2002.
Sean is now working on a book about entrepreneurship as applied to the world of large-scale conservation. The story focuses on his journey of leaving the private sector and choosing to start and build APR into a highly successful conservation organization over seventeen years. He lives with his wife in Bozeman, Montana.
Roderic Mast is CEO of Oceanic Society and co-founder of the Blue Habits program. A marine biologist and biodiversity conservationist for more than 30 years, Rod has worked on conservation issues worldwide in collaboration with stakeholders ranging from local communities to heads of state and corporate CEOs. Rod is an avid traveler and tourism professional who got his start as a Galápagos naturalist guide. Before joining Oceanic Society, he created and led Conservation International’s VIP travel program, CI-Sojourns, which arranged highly personalized travel experiences for corporate CEOs, industry leaders, actors, and the like to remote field sites on every continent and contributed to more than a billion dollars in philanthropic support to conservation. Rod is also a marine turtle specialist; he is co-founder of the State of the World’s Sea Turtles (SWOT) initiative, and co-chair of the IUCN Marine Turtle Specialist Group (MTSG), an international volunteer collective of sea turtle specialists
Melody Badget brings strong commitment and years of leadership at the intersection of the environment and business, as well as decades exploring nature, snow, backcountry and mountains all over the world and a life of travel and adventure, on every continent and across cultures. As Managing Director of 1% for the Planet, working alongside Patagonia, a global alliance was started and built—from an idea on a fishing trip and a one room apartment, it grew to 44 countries, 1200 companies, 1000+ environmental nonprofit, ambassadors and partners— it provides recurring revenue for the planet, now over $270M, making it one of the biggest funders of environmental work out there. Melody went on to co-launch the International Affairs arm of a global foundation in SE Asia, focused on a education for leaders in the environment and peace. Prior jobs include Deloitte Consulting, an early employee in an Internet strategy firm bought by IBM, years as a founding researcher in IBM’s Institute for Business Value business think tank, and most recently, co-founder of an early-stage software company for leaders—its about making the complex simple. Melody believes she has learned the most from volunteer teaching these last 4 years, Science & Nature to kindergarteners—naturally curious.
David S. Wilcove is a professor of ecology, evolutionary biology, and public affairs at Princeton University. The primary question driving his research is “How do we find room for biodiversity in an increasingly hot, hungry, and crowded world?” Accordingly, his work focuses on the impacts of farming, logging, hunting, climate change, and other human actions on biodiversity. He and his graduate students and postdocs have studied these issues around the world, from New Zealand to the Amazon Basin and from Siberia to Borneo. Prior to joining Princeton’s faculty in 2001, he was a senior scientist for the Environmental Defense Fund, The Wilderness Society, and The Nature Conservancy. Professor Wilcove has served on the boards of directors of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Society for Conservation Biology, Rare, American Bird Conservancy, Natural Areas Association, Galapagos Conservancy, and the New Jersey Audubon Society, among other organizations. He has received awards from the Society for Conservation Biology, Defenders of Wildlife, the Pew Foundation, The Nature Conservancy, The Wildlife Society, and the Hauptman-Woodward Medical Research Institute. He received his undergraduate degree from Yale University and his doctorate from Princeton University.