Management and Program Team

Management and Program Team
Mercedes Hunt

Mercedes Hunt

Mercedes Hunt is TIES Events Director. She oversees the various TIES' events, including the annual Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference. Prior to TIES, she worked in the special events industry for 10 years. She then added to her professional knowledge by completing a Master's degree at San Francisco State University in Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism. She has since been working to combine her collective knowledge, by promoting and implementing more responsible travel and events.


Anita Ledford

Anita Ledford is TIES Communications Director and Education Programs Coordinator. She first became involved with TIES in 2010 when she attended the ESTC in Portland, Oregon.  Since then, Anita has served in various capacities during each ESTC.  Originally from North Carolina, Anita received her Bachelors from NC State University and her Masters from the University of Utah.  Her particular interest area is sustainable tourism with a specific emphasis in how niche tourism can be utilized for sustainable community development and conservation initiatives.


Andrew Morrison

Andrew Morrison

Andrew Morrison is TIES Membership Manager. He reaches out to members and engages them within the organization while informing them and addressing their questions. Andrew spent the past year completing his thesis on soil physics and hydrology in Brazil where he earned his environmental science policy management degree from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities and the Federal University of Santa Maria. Travel is Andrew’s passion and he has been backpacking across countries since age seven. He plans to strategically combine his scientific and experiential knowledge of ecotourism and sustainability to further benefit TIES.



Julia Guerra


Julia Guerra is TIES Communications Coordinator. She is responsible for the ecoDestinations program, content and social media outreach. Julia did her undergraduate work in International Relations at San Francisco State University.  She has worked with various conservation and philanthropy organizations, including American Conservation Experience. Julia is also an avid scuba diver, sailor, hiker, and world traveler.   



About TIES

As the world's oldest and largest international ecotourism association, TIES seeks to be the global source of knowledge and advocacy uniting communities/ conservation/ sustainable travel.




> The International Ecotourism Society 



The Ecotourism and Sustainable Tourism Conference will highlight global challenges and local opportunities, supporting sustainable development of tourism and promoting solutions that balance conservation, communities and sustainable travel.

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