Brent A. Mitchell is Senior Vice President at QLF Atlantic Center for the Environment, a US/Canadian NGO. He began his career in the Caribbean and Latin America, developing the first national parks in Haiti and the Turks and Caicos Islands, and conducting field research in wildlife ecology in the Dominican Republic and Venezuela. He worked as a field biologist for America's oldest land trust, The Trustees of Reservations, before joining QLF in 1987 to promote land trusts in eastern Canada. He worked extensively in Central and Eastern Europe after the fall of the Berlin Wall, and has consulted in East and Southern Africa. As a member of IUCN's World Commission on Protected Areas, he is leading a specialist group on privately protected areas (PPAs). He is a founding partner in the (U.S.) National Park Service Stewardship Institute. He is also past president of the George Wright Society, the protected area professionals association of North America.