Board of Directors

Humanitarian Aid and Rescue Project

BURKE BRYANT

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   Burke Bryant founded Humanitarian Aid and Rescue Project in 2012 and currently serves as its Head of Mission and CEO. Bryant has run operational missions for HARP in; South Sudan, Somalia, Haiti, Indonesia, Chad, Ethiopia, Puerto Rico, Afghanistan, the Democratic Republic of The Congo, and the front lines of the Ukrainian war to name just a few. Bryant's teams are responsible for saving over 3,700+ lives to date with zero loss and zero casualties. Bryant is a nationally recognized published author with a master's in Computer Science. He also served in the US Navy as an Operations Specialist. His skillsets include SAR, CSAR, exfiltration, combat medical, logistics, and negotiations. When not saving lives, he can usually be found camping somewhere deep in the backcountry along with his faithful companion Five9. 

Randy Kelley

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   Randy Kelly was a U.S. Navy SEAL sniper with combat tours in Iraq and other hotspots, departing the Navy in 2005 after 11 years in service. He founded Red Tail Corporation, a specialized defense company providing surveillance, awareness training and equipment to the US and international Special Operations commands.  From 2012-2015, he designed and built a specialized preparedness training company that looked at preparedness as a science and practice. More recently, he just launched a book with his business partner in August 2017. The book “Driven” is about the genetics, psychology, and environmental factors that “highly-driven” people such as entrepreneurs, Special Operations Forces, and elite athletes are subject to and what they can do about it. From 2017-2019 Randy worked on the largest construction project globally (at the time), providing Operations and Supply Chain science consulting to executives at Chevron and Exxon. Currently he is building a new startup providing trusted technology and small drones to the US Military.
Randy has an MBA in Global Management from Thunderbird School of Global Management and currently resides in San Diego, CA, with his wife and two children.

Jessie Lee

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   Jesse Lee is an accomplished U.S. Navy SEAL, Program Manager, and business leader with nearly 15 years of diversified corporate and field operations experience.

  With a Masters in  Strategic Leadership from the University of Charleston West Virginia, Jesse has worked for a variety of Government and Nongovernment agencies to include USN Group 2, , US DoS, and numerous humanitarian organizations. Most recently, Jesse served as a senior program manager and subject matter expert for a U.S. Department of State-funded program covering 16 West African Countries, developing and implementing processes and strategies for Regional Early Warning / Response Mechanisms. He oversees the design of advanced solutions for monitoring ground truth events that threaten regional security and economic stability.

During his time at Special Warfare Group Two, Jesse served as his team’s mobility subject matter expert, communications lead, heavy weapons gunner, and as Tactical Ground Mobility Instructor. His forward-thinking and outside-the-box mentality coupled with his extensive mechanical experience brought innovations and acted as a force multiplier for the platoon and entire in-country team.

Jesse is a dedicated professional and father. His team-building and ingenuity bring a whole new set of tools to any team where he will inevitably be nicknamed MacGyver.

Nate Wilkins 

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Nate Wilkins is a former U.S. Navy SEAL, a Congressional Fellow with the Honor Foundation, and a former Congressional candidate.
Nate served as a cross-functional team leader for Special Reconnaissance ST1, and a Department Head and intelligence leader for ST3, and has several years of experience in military intelligence and warfare command. With a demonstrated history of working in public policy, Nate holds a BS degree in organizational development from the University of Charleston, West Virginia. He's an accomplished leader, adept in marketing, sales, operations, and communications, having presented strategic advice and actionable insight for various technology firms since 2018.

 

Advisory Board

Humanitarian Aid and Rescue Project

Dr. Naval Parikh

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   Dr. Naval Parikh is a physician and clinical research coordinator in Boca Raton, Florida, who regularly works in most major hospitals in the South Florida area, including the prestigious Broward Health North and Broward Health Imperial Point. Dr. Parikh received his medical degree from the esteemed Medical University of South Carolina. He also received his law degree from Tulane University School of Law in New Orleans. Dr. Parikh has practiced primary care medicine in South Florida for over ten years and draws upon more than two decades of experience as a physician, researcher, lawyer, and entrepreneur.
Dr. Parikh has worked with HARP multiple times in both Puerto Rico and the Bahamas. He assisted people who required immediate medical care after being trapped in their homes and unable to make it to a medical clinic due to the lack of roads, power, and infrastructure. He also helped bring a hospital back online after being devastated by Hurricane Dorian. 

Brett Velicovich

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Brett Velicovich is a world-renowned drone expert, U.S. Army veteran, humanitarian, and media personality. As a frequent guest on major national news outlets, including Fox News and CNN, Brett regularly provides commentary on drone technology trends and national security-related issues. While serving as an intelligence and targeting specialist within the U.S. Army special operations community, Brett participated in both Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF) and Operation Enduring Freedom(OEF) operations, deploying six times to combat zones to support US government counter terrorism efforts. Following his time served in the military, he received an MBA from Duke University and focused his post-military career on utilizing his prior military expertise to enhance humanitarian organizations globally. Since then he has spearheaded numerous humanitarian operations personally by deploying into in the field with non profit organizations in Somalia, Kenya, and Ukraine.

 

Kaj Larsen

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Kaj Larsen is a U.S. Navy SEAL, and award winning filmmaker, humanitarian, and technology entrepreneur. Kaj's intrepid reporting and powerful filmmaking has put him at the vanguard of a new broadcast journalism.

He most recently created and executive produced the hit Netflix original series The Business of Drugs. He previously hosted the Emmy award winning series VICE on HBO. He is the only journalist to be embedded in the Nigerian fight against Boko Haram, and conducted the first exclusive interview with the architect of the COA's enhanced interrogation program. As a national security expert, he frequently appears on other media outlets such as ABC, NBC, CNN, and FOX. Kaj served over 13 years as a Navy SEAL officer.

Over the course of his active duty and reserve service he led teams of special warfare personnel in covert operations overseas deploying multiple times as a detachment Commander in support of Global War on Terrorism. Following his active duty Kaj received a Masters Degree from Harvard University. He has focused his post military career on serving veterans, launching a financial technology platform geared towards the military community and serving on the boards of The Mission Continues and Team Rubicon.

He continues to repurpose his military skills towards humanitarian efforts by deploying to conflict zones around the world in places such as Afghanistan, Somalia, and Ukraine.