President, Holbrook Travel

Andrea Holbrook is president of Holbrook Travel, Inc., which is based in Gainesville, Florida. Since 1998, she has led the company, which specializes in natural history, educational programs, and the promotion of sustainable travel. She is also part of a family operation that owns and oversees Selva Verde Lodge and Private Reserve in the lowland rainforests of Costa Rica. Andrea helped establish, and is currently president of the board of, the Sarapiquí Conservation Learning Center (SCLC), a community-driven outreach initiative located on the grounds of Selva Verde Lodge. The center’s mission is to empower local communities through learning, providing access to knowledge and promoting sustainable development.

At Holbrook Travel, Andrea directs a team that works with diverse clients, from nature and conservation organizations to high schools and universities to individual specialists. Her company offers programs that support and help carry out their missions in more than 30 countries, mostly in Latin America and East Africa. Through Holbrook, Andrea has also supported three industry associations focused on sustainable development in specific regions: the International Galápagos Tour Operators Association; Friends of the Serengeti; and RESPECT in Cuba.

She graduated from Columbia University with a bachelor’s degree in English literature and enjoys spending time, and exploring the world, with her husband, Robert, and teenage daughter, Aggie.