Who We Are The Bodhi Tree Foundation

The S.A.F.E. Campaign was conceived and developed in 2014 and is an ongoing initiative of The Bodhi Tree Foundation. Founded in 2008 by Jena Gardner and other philanthropy-minded business leaders whose lives have been changed by travel, The Bodhi Tree Foundation identifies and nurtures effective grassroots charitable initiatives around the world.

The mission of The Bodhi Tree Foundation is to harness the strength of the travel industry to support grassroots organizations that support people in need, protect cultural heritage and conserve our planet’s biodiversity. We are proud to spearhead the launch of the S.A.F.E. campaign to help protect Africa’s elephants.

We are in the midst of one of the most tragic and outrageous assaults on our shared inheritance that I’ve seen in my lifetime—where an elephant’s dead ivory is prized over its living condition, where corruption feeds on its body and soul, and where money only makes matters worse.

Secretary of State, John Kerry

The Bodhi Tree Foundation 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 of Travel
  • James Saleh | Secretary/Treasurer
  • Melanie Brandman | Board Member
    Founder & CEO
    The Brandman Agency
  • Costas Christ | Board Member
    Editor at Large
    National Geographic Traveler
  • John Calvelli | Board Member
    Executive Vice President , Public Affairs
    Wildlife Conservation Society
  • Jackie Cittone Magid
    Executive Director
    The Bodhi Tree Foundation
  • Chris Collins
    Manager, Development
    The Bodhi Tree Foundation

We are deeply grateful to those individuals and organizations who have generously donated their time and expertise to the S.A.F.E. Campaign


Call us at 212.967.9037 or email info@saveafricaselephants.org
The Bodhi Tree Foundation 594 Broadway, Suite 1001, New York, NY 10012

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