Branden Barber is a lifelong environmentalist. Starting with a degree in Environmental Studies from UC Santa Cruz, he cut his teeth with Greenpeace International on the Rainbow Warrior and then ran the Victorian State Office for Greenpeace Australia. Over the last 25 years, he’s worked in both the social profit and for-profit sectors, from start-ups to S&P 500 companies to NGO’s, large and small. In the last decade, Branden has been involved with various environmental organizations as staff or as a consultant, served on the Leadership Teams at both Rainforest Action Network and Amazon Watch, and has sat on several boards – always with a focus on the environment. Branden joined the Rainforest Rescue team in 2018. He is passionate about rainforests, ardently committed to the natural world, and brings a wealth and breadth of experience to Rainforest Rescue as our CEO.
César Barbosa García
César joined the Rainforest Rescue team in 2020 bringing with him a wealth of experience having served as Teaching Services Director for a national Buddhist charity, where he also led meditation and self-development classes. He has a passion for Japanese Taiko drumming, having built custom-made taiko drums and taught taiko throughout the UK in schools and team-building workshops. As a deeply committed advocate for the preservation and restoration of the environment, he has a love for the rainforests and peat-swamps of Australia, and the preservation of the threatened South East Asian Parosphromenus freshwater fish.
Kristin has worked in social change marketing, advertising and as a relationship manager for over 15 years. Kristin’s passion for environmental and humanitarian causes was fueled after holding her end of year university lecture and thesis on the need to introduce environmental impacts product labelling in Australia.
Once starting work with Australia’s first ‘ethically minded’ advertising agency, Kristin worked with Amnesty International, Greenpeace Australia, Red Cross and launched Australia’s first Green Power energy product. In New York City Kristin was then involved in executing Johnson and Johnson’s historic global carbon emissions reduction campaign, Healthy Planet 2010 and worked with many US-based nonprofits including City Harvest and Conservation International (CI). Kristin also ran the Sydney office of the Make-A-Wish Foundation and was the Corporate Relations Manager for Pathways Foundation. Kristin joined the Rainforest Rescue team in 2013.
Daintree Nursery Manager
Marine is our horticulturist and a true rainforest enthusiast. Her role at Rainforest Rescue includes management of the Native Plant Nursery in the heart of the Daintree Rainforest – seed collection, species selection, propagation and growing of trees required for our restoration projects, with a special focus on nurturing beneficial food sources for wildlife. Marine joined the Rainforest Rescue team in 2019.
With a Permaculture background in Europe, she arrived in Australia to study Permaculture and is dedicated to sustainable practices. Marine also coordinates volunteers at the nursery and is loves engaging the local community in rainforest restoration. Marine also loves giving plant propagation workshops in the Daintree/Cairns region to increase the population of specific butterflies species.
HQ & Social Media Manager
Over the past 20 years, MaryBeth has worked in a variety of roles including office management, administration, promotions, recruitment, web consultancy, records management and customer service. Her experience crosses an array of industries including not for profits (environmental and disability services), local and state government, IT, employment and education, retail and hospitality.
MaryBeth became part of the team in 2018. Her role includes HQ Management, making sure the day to day tasks at HQ run smoothly, and Social Media Management, keeping you all updated on what’s happening in Rainforest Rescue’s world!
Daintree Land Manager
Justin joined the team as our Daintree Land Manager in 2020. As a result of living from Northern Territory to central, south-east, and far northern Queensland, Justin always knew he wanted to incorporate the unique Aussie landscape and its ecology into his day-to-day life. Justin has worn many hats in his professional life – tour guide (both on and off the water), zookeeper (specialising in Lumholtz Tree Kangaroos), operations manager, teacher’s aide, and youth liaison worker – but his true passion is our natural world, particularly protection and restoration of threatened flora and fauna.
Conservation Field Labourer
As our Conservation Field Labourer, Grant is responsible for planting, maintaining and monitoring the revegetation of Rainforest Rescue’s properties in the Daintree region, working alongside our Daintree Land Manager. Grant’s previous roles included labour, trades and landscaping. Grant joined the Rainforest Rescue team in 2019.
PR & Communications Specialist
Matt Siegel is a seasoned journalist and communications professional with nearly two decades of experience working with some of the biggest names in media and progressive politics. He has reported from Russia and the Former Soviet Union for The New York Times and Associated Press, Afghanistan for Agence France-Presse and across the Asia-Pacific for Reuters and many more. From 2016-2020 he was Senior Media Adviser to the Leader of the Australian Greens Dr Richard Di Natale and in 2020 he founded Green Thumb Media a boutique commercial film and video production company serving ethical and sustainable businesses, brands and not-for-profits. He lives in the bush with his wife Emma, daughters Sadie and Freida and curmudgeonly father-in-law Lyndon. Matt joined the RR team in 2020.
Daintree Supporters Coordinator
Emily is our first point of contact with visitors to the Daintree and local businesses, and has been since she started with us in 2017. A qualified tour guide, Emily talks with people about Rainforest Rescue’s work at local events and markets. She also works with local businesses to develop partnerships to help protect the local rainforest which in-turn supports their business.
Martin is a passionate photographer and film-maker and creates our media content to showcase to the world how Rainforest Rescue Protects Rainforests Forever. His imagery features across our website, social media, fundraising events, newsletters and there are many fast fact videos where you can learn about rainforests and unique plant species. Since 2014, Martin has photographed and documented the amazing rainforest regeneration from our tree planting projects. He has captured the spirit of our Community Tree Planting Events which is more than just planting a rainforest, it is about reconnecting through culture, nature, and each other.
In addition to his work with Rainforest Rescue, Martin has also created videos for organisations that are working to help protect nature such as The Wilderness Society, The Great Australian Bight Alliance and the Great Forest National Park Campaign. Recently Martin was chosen as one of three recipients of the CameraPro Explorer’s Grant to create a short film about the work that we do! Stay tuned and check out more of his work at https://www.martinstringer.com/
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