Alfredo Quarto is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of the Mangrove Action Project. He is a veteran campaigner with over 35 years experience working on international environmental and social justice issues. His experiences range over many different countries and several environmental organizations, with a long-term focus on marine ecology, wildlife, forestry and human rights. Alfredo has spoken on mangrove conservation issues at the United Nations, the American Museum of Natural History international meetings and workshops, universities and colleges, high schools and grade schools, churches and other organizations.
A former engineer, in 1980 he left Boeing to work on environmental issues, spending time at Greenpeace (1977-1984), as Project Director for the human rights group, Freedom Fund (1984-1989), and then Executive Director of the Ancient Forest Chautauqua (1990-91) supporting old-growth forests and indigenous forest dwellers. He is also a freelance photojournalist whose published works on mangrove forest/shrimp aquaculture issues have appeared in numerous magazines and books.