Bringing Conservation To Life

Who We Are

Synchronicity Earth USA was set up to support the work of and raise funds for Synchronicity Earth, a UK-registered charity that analyzes, explores and develops the most effective approaches to funding conservation for some of Earth’s most threatened and overlooked species and natural environments.  

Synchronicity Earth believes that conserving and restoring species and ecosystems is a human endeavor that benefits not just nature but all of us.  The aim of the charity is to provide people with the tools they need to protect the natural world by: 

  • supporting conservationists working in challenging contexts to maintain and enhance the diversity of Earth’s species and habitats;
  • developing innovative approaches to conservation funding to help ensure that all donors are better able to support conservation that works for people and planet and
  • celebrating and championing biodiversity to give the natural world a more powerful voice across diverse sectors where it most counts.

Synchronicity Earth USA is a non-profit organisation with tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

“We need new solutions to identify and support critical projects on the cutting edge of saving the planet’s habitats and species. Synchronicity Earth's vision and energy are leading the way.”
— Professor William Sutherland, Miriam Rothschild Professor of Conservation Biology, Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge

Funding Synchronicity Earth

Synchronicity Earth USA is for donors who want to fund urgent and overlooked conservation challenges and understand the impact their money can have on the natural world. Whether you are an individual donor, a foundation or a corporation, we have a range of funding options.

For more information, and to donate to our work, please contact: supporters@synchearthusa.org

“Knowing where best to donate funds to protect the world’s species and ecosystems can be complicated, but Synchronicity Earth makes this easy by conducting high quality research to identify robust initiatives that will have the biggest impact.”

— Professor Jonathan Baillie, Chief Scientist & Executive Vice President, Science and Exploration, National Geographic Society 

Flourishing Diversity Around The World

The United States is blessed with an astonishing diversity of species and natural habitats, and many Americans choose to support nature conservation. While the US public has shown strong philanthropic support for its national parks, wild places and species, there has traditionally been less support for conservation in the rest of the world. Between them, Africa, Asia and Latin America - which contain the lion’s share of the world’s natural diversity - receive a very small proportion of US philanthropy directed towards protecting the natural world.

Synchronicity Earth understands that the natural world is not defined by national borders, trade barriers or political affiliations. Species and ecosystems are our global heritage. What happens to the oceans, rivers, forests and the millions of species that make up our planet’s extraordinary ecosystems impacts us all. Unfortunately, our relationship with the natural world is one of give and take. Nature gives and we take. The natural world is getting a raw deal: if we are serious about protecting the natural world, we need to dramatically increase the level of funding for conservation, globally. Our aim with Synchronicity Earth USA is to grow our pool of funders and drive more effective conservation in the places where it is most needed for the benefit of all of us.

World map of color coded density of vertebrate species. Saving Species/Globaia, 2012

“Synchronicity Earth communicates on a level that is really embedded within science, but that uses art, entertainment, humour, passion to get people to realise that we are all connected and that what we do to nature, we do to ourselves. You want to get behind organizations that leave the planet in a better place; and Synchronicity Earth really ranks high on that score.”

— Sylvia Earle, Marine Explorer and founder of Mission Blue

Synchronicity Earth USA Board


Jessica Sweidan
Chair

Jessica Sweidan has been an active philanthropist for the last 20 years. Her journey began almost straight out of university, when she formed a partnership with Adam Sweidan, to create The Synchronicity Foundation. 

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Edward A. Cunningham, IV

Professor Edward Cunningham is Director of the Ash Center China Programs at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, which has trained nearly 2,000 senior Chinese government officials, NGO leaders, and business executives since 1999.

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Emma Lindsay

Emma Lindsay is a partner at Withers and leads the firm’s international arbitration team in the Americas. Specializing in investor-state arbitration, international commercial arbitration and public international law, Emma represents corporations, governments, individuals and organizations around the world and across a wide range of industries.

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Georgann Joseph
Secretary

Georgann Joseph became a member of the board of directors of Synchronicity Earth USA to help ensure the continued habitability of the planet. She is a partner at the law firm of Johnson and Colmar in the Chicago metropolitan area.

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Tom Fernandez
Treasurer

Tom Fernandez is a founder of Balto Therapeutics, a specialty pharmaceutical company in New York. Previously, he co-founded Retrophin, Inc., a public biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering, developing and marketing innovative therapies for rare, catastrophic childhood diseases.

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Synchronicity Earth USA is a non-profit organisation with tax-exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Synchronicity Earth USA, PO Box 78, New York, NY 10024

Jessica Sweidan

Jessica Sweidan has been an active philanthropist for the last 20 years. Her journey began almost straight out of university, when she formed a partnership with Adam Sweidan, to create The Synchronicity Foundation. She oversaw donations to a range of projects, including themes in education, environment, social justice, economic upliftment, art, health care, relief efforts and children’s well-being. The Synchronicity Foundation has worked with over 70 projects in nearly 40 countries. In 2007, the environment became a priority: it underscored most themes that they were addressing, and upon close examination, found it to be a severely under-funded, and under-supported sector. Exploring how to have a greater impact within the conservation realm - and recognizing that biodiversity loss was the least well appreciated and most poorly addressed of all - they launched Synchronicity Earth in November 2009. Jessica plays an active role at Synchronicity Earth, developing its profile, networks and events. Jessica is also an IUCN Patron of Nature, helping to raise the visibility of global conservation needs worldwide. She was appointed Honorary Conservation Fellow at the Zoological Society of London in March 2015. Jessica has a degree in Philosophy from Northwestern University.

Edward A.Cunningham, IV

Professor Edward Cunningham is Director of the Ash Center China Programs at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, which has trained nearly 2,000 senior Chinese government officials, NGO leaders, and business executives since 1999. He also directs the Kennedy School’s Asia Energy and Sustainability Initiative and is an Adjunct Lecturer of Public Policy. Edward focuses on China’s integration into the world economy, primarily through its energy/environmental markets and governance, philanthropic sector, and international trade. He first lived in China in 1992, speaks Mandarin and Italian, and his work has appeared in media such as The New York Times, The Financial Times, The New Yorker, The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Fortune, and Bloomberg. He graduated from Georgetown University, received an A.M. from Harvard University, holds a Ph.D. from M.I.T., and studied at Peking University and later at Tsinghua University as a Fulbright Fellow. Edward also advises private and publicly listed companies, investment banks, and venture/PE funds focusing largely on energy and environmental technologies, infrastructure assets, as well as financial and technology-enabled services. He is on the Advisory Council of Greentech Capital Advisors, a board member of the Community Therapeutic Day School, and co-founded Harvard Square Educational Associates, an educational consultancy.

Emma Lindsay

Emma Lindsay is a partner at Withers and leads the firm’s international arbitration team in the Americas. Specializing in investor-state arbitration, international commercial arbitration and public international law, Emma represents corporations, governments, individuals and organizations around the world and across a wide range of industries. She also appears in U.S. federal and state courts in international litigation matters. In addition to her work as counsel, Emma sits as an arbitrator. Emma has an active international pro bono practice and has acted in proceedings before the International Criminal Court, the European Court of Human Rights, the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (the Khmer Rouge Tribunal) and various United Nations bodies. Having spent part of her childhood living in the mountains of Tasmania and on the beaches of Fiji, Emma grew up loving the world’s faraway wild places. Emma is proud to support the conservation work of Synchronicity Earth USA to protect wild places and support the people who live in them.

Georgann Joseph

Georgann Joseph became a member of the board of directors of Synchronicity Earth USA to help ensure the continued habitability of the planet. She is a partner at the law firm of Johnson and Colmar in the Chicago metropolitan area. Previously she was in the law department of a financial services company, which at the time was affiliated with Sears Roebuck and Co., Dean Witter, and Discover Card. She also was associated with the law firms of Kirkland and Ellis and D’Ancona and Pflaum, both in Chicago. Ms. Joseph has been practicing law for over thirty years. She received her JD from Northwestern University and her BA from The University of Minnesota.

Tom Fernandez

Tom Fernandez is a founder of Balto Therapeutics, a specialty pharmaceutical company in New York. Previously, he co-founded Retrophin, Inc., a public biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering, developing and marketing innovative therapies for rare, catastrophic childhood diseases. Before that, he was a partner at a family of hedge funds, Galleon Group, where he led Investor Relations and the global marketing effort. Prior to Galleon, Tom was Assistant Dean for MBA Career Services and Director of The Chazen Institute of International Business at Columbia Business School. He is a member of the advisory board of Equity for Children, a nonprofit organisation that strives to advance an agenda of social justice, human rights and social equality for children worldwide. Tom holds a BA in History from Yale University and an MBA from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.