Mara Elephant Project USA

Mara Elephant Project USA (MEP USA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization (Tax ID 45-3996413) located in Carmel, Indiana in the United States. The purpose of the organization is to work to conserve elephants and the landscapes they live in including their biodiversity, ecological function, and peaceful human-wildlife co-existence through support of programs and activities to foster i) applied conservation, ii) research, iii) technological development, iv) education, v) community development, vi) and public awareness within elephant range states and abroad. View the MEP USA donor information including previous Form 990 filings here.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

president, Treasurer

Erica is a Director of Global Marketing Functional Strategy & Planning for Salesforce working in the United States, Canada, and Europe. Prior to Salesforce, Erica was the Business Manager at an engineering firm and Financial Analyst at a construction firm which built stadiums and arenas. Erica’s passion for conservation and sustainability began as a child and flowed into her career as she became LEED Certified. She developed and led the LEED program while building arenas, resulting in the first LEED Gold Certified constructed professional basketball arena in North America. This focus on conservation & sustainability enhanced during her first visit to Kenya over a decade ago when introduced to MEP and has continued and grown ever since. Erica studied Finance and International Business at the University of Cincinnati with time at  Audencia Business School in Nantes, France. Combining her love for philanthropy and finance, Erica is Treasurer of the J E Fehsenfeld Family Foundation. You can find Erica and her family living in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Board Member

Kevin Rodrigues is an investment professional with over 18 years of global investment experience spanning Africa, Europe, South East Asia, Latin America and North America with a focus on venture capital and private equity. He is an active angel investor and entrepreneur with investments in several consumer and technology start ups in Europe, Africa and the US. Kevin currently works as the Regional Managing Director and Head of Europe at bp Ventures, the corporate venture capital arm of bp. Over his extensive career, Kevin has worked for Credit Suisse First Boston, International Finance Corporation, Lightrock and Palladium. Kevin holds an MBA from London Business School, UK and a B.A. (Economics) from Northwestern University, USA.

Board Member

Marc has worked in the greater Maasai Mara for over a decade, starting as manager for Olchoro Oiroua Conservancy and then Mara North Conservancy. Marc assembled the first Rapid Response Unit for MEP in 2011 and in 2013 started working full-time with MEP. Before Marc moved to the Mara, he completed his bachelor’s degree at The Evergreen State College, Washington. During this time Marc started sustainable woodlot cycles and tracked the bongo antelope in Kenya’s Aberdare National Park under the guidance of Richard Leakey. He is also the current Kenya Wildlife Service Honorary Warden for the Maasai Mara.

STAFF

Executive Director

Claire joined Mara Elephant Project USA in 2016 as a communications consultant to tell the MEP story through an expanded social media presence, an updated website and more focused fundraising efforts. Her journey has carried her into the position of executive director. She studied journalism at Purdue University and previously owned her own consulting company that provided marketing and social media management for businesses in Indianapolis, IN. You’ll find her there running the Mara Elephant Project USA office. Email her, claire@maraelephantproject.org.

Finance Director

Nancy Miller has thirty years of experience in accounting working in both the for profit and not for profit space. Email her, nancy@maraelephantproject.org.