Isabel, Jerry, and Bryan met in South America during the first years of the new millennium. They were three idealists in their late 20s facing the prospects of a biosphere headed toward collapse. Together they set out to directly engage the greatest challenge of our times: steering humanity onto a path of sustainability and ecological resilience.
In 2007, they founded TMA and took the first step toward creating what is now the Jama-Coaque Reserve (JCR). They raised $16,000 from friends and family, established a nonprofit organization, and purchased 100 acres of unprotected rainforest at the very peak of Ecuador’s coastal mountain range—in the heart of the Pacific Forest.
In the beginning, they camped in the forest, lived off of bananas and soggy bread, and slept in leaky tents while exploring the beauty and biodiversity of this special place. During the years that followed, they learned by doing. They practiced permaculture, experimented with reforestation, and built a collaborative relationship with their neighbors and people throughout the region. Meanwhile, TMA continued to grow as an organization. Hundreds of people from dozens of countries came to JCR to work in the rainforest and join the effort.
Fifteen years later, JCR protects 2,000 acres of rainforest. It is equipped with a scientific research center that attracts biologists from around the world. It also includes a regenerative agroforestry demonstration site that features the country’s largest repository of the most endangered heirloom cacao variety on earth.
TMA is now working on a Community Reforestation Program with the potential to reverse deforestation and steer the regional economy onto a more sustainable course. It’s a model that can be replicated in other endangered ecosystems throughout the world.
All of the above is in service of TMA’s ultimate goal: create a large-scale conservation corridor in northwest Manabí that connects the last surviving remnants of the Pacific Forest of Ecuador.
Third Millennium Alliance (TMA) was established as a 501c3 nonprofit organization in the U.S. in 2007 and also registered in Ecuador in 2010 under the name Third Millennium Alliance – Ecuador.
Research & Development Collaborators
Earlier in his career, Scott worked as a journalist for daily newspapers, led backcountry expeditions in the Canadian Rockies, conducted policy research for a women’s rights group in Nepal, taught ecology at an outdoor education program in Maine, and was a volunteer park ranger in Badlands National Park in South Dakota.
Scott is the Chair of the Board of Trustees of the National Park Trust and formerly served on the board of the Jocotoco Conservation Foundation and the Technology Advisory Board of Fair Trade Certified.
Scott is a graduate of Northwestern University and Washington University School of Law. He lives in the Chicago area with his wife Julia, their two children, and the family dog Gus.
Fluent in Dutch, English, and Portuguese, Marlies splits her time between Belgium and Portugal with her two dogs, Astor and Lucky.
Ty lives in Seattle with his wife, two kids, and their puppy.
Board & Advisors
Anjali holds an MBA in International Business and MS in Finance from Temple University, and an M.Tech. and B.Tech. in Biochemical Engineering & Biotechnology from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi. She is a native English and Hindi speaker, and has a working knowledge of Arabic and Spanish. When not creating financial solutions, Anjali is usually found traveling with her family.