In 2008, two philanthropy-minded business leaders whose lives had been changed by travel established The Bodhi Tree Foundation. Its goal: to harness the power of the travel and tourism industry and its significant resources to help people in need, protect cultural heritage and conserve our planet’s biodiversity.


A 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, The Bodhi Tree Foundation is dedicated to mobilizing and enabling the travel community and travelers to nurture the most effective grassroots charitable initiatives around the world. By focusing on projects and initiatives that preserve cultural heritage, help people in need and conserve our planet’s biodiversity, we hope to protect the world’s cultural and natural treasures for future travelers to enjoy.

The Foundation serves as the independent philanthropic arm for its fellow JG Worldwide organizations as well as other travel companies, conducting the vetting, monitoring, reporting and administration for businesses that do not have the time or expertise to do so. For select international travel organizations who have their own vetted philanthropic efforts but do not possess 501(c)(3) designation, the Foundation is proud to assist their fundraising efforts by serving as their U.S. fiscal sponsor. The Foundation also conducts awareness campaigns to educate the travel industry on special causes, such as the elephant poaching crisis.

Our Board of Directors is comprised of leading travel industry professionals, global humanitarians and savvy 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

Board President and Co-Founder

Jena is an esteemed entrepreneur and travel industry veteran, and the founder and CEO of JG Worldwide. Understanding the size, scope and potential of the travel industry to touch millions of lives, she co-founded The Bodhi Tree Foundation in 2008 to motivate the industry to give back to the people and places that make travel so rewarding. Today, the foundation supports environmental and humanitarian efforts related to travel and tourism sustainability. Jena has served on the Judging Committee for the World Travel and Tourism Council’s Tourism for Tomorrow Awards, and Tourism Cares’ Lifetime Achievement in Travel Philanthropy Award.



James is a salesman and entrepreneur that has built successful manufacturing, distribution and retail businesses around the world. His commitment to socially responsible entrepreneurship led to the founding of Habiquad, an innovative commercial and residential building company that provides safe, affordable housing domestically and in developing countries. James co-founded The Bodhi Tree Foundation with Jena in 2008 to support travel sustainability.


Executive Director

Prior to her role at The Bodhi Tree Foundation, Jackie Magid held a variety of senior management roles in marketing, business development and strategic planning in the hospitality industry for a span of over 20 years, including American Express Travel Related Services, Zagat Survey, Leading Hotels of the World and Kasel Luxury Marketing Group. She serves on the board for the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust USA and on the advisory board for World Elephant Society. Jackie holds an M.B.A. from New York University, a B.A. from The George Washington University, and a Graduate Certificate in Hospitality from NYU’s Tisch Center for Hospitality and Tourism.



Marty is the founder of four successful nature-oriented travel companies in Alaska and the Pacific Northwest. After traveling America’s National Parks for more than two years and learning that visitation to the Parks was declining and aging, he made it his mission to reverse that trend. Revealed America, which he founded in 2010, provides exceptional National Parks travel experiences to travelers of all ages.


Melanie is the Founder and CEO of The Brandman Agency, a luxury travel and lifestyle PR firm. In her spare time, she devotes herself to philanthropic efforts focused on travel and education, serving on the Board of The Bodhi Tree Foundation since 2009 and as a member of the Worldwide Elephant Polo Association and as Manager of the US Elephant Polo team.


John is Executive Vice President for WCS Public Affairs, joining WCS in 2000 after working for more than 15 years in public service. Prior to joining WCS, John served as a senior staff person to Congressman Eliot Engel. Mr. Calvelli graduated from Fordham University and earned a law degree from Fordham Law School. Mr. Calvelli was a founder and is currently the Chair of the International Conservation Partnership.


Tom is a lawyer who has devoted his career to travel, hospitality, finance and real estate development. As the COO and General Counsel at Sundance Group, he led efforts to streamline corporate and brand structure for Sundance’s non-profit entities. Tom has served as a member of The Bodhi Tree Foundation Board since the foundation’s founding in 2008.