Travis Ferland was engaged as interim Executive Director on a short-term contract to help guide and oversee the IGLTA Foundation’s initial startup phase. He is an avid traveler, photographer, and humanitarian, and has visited or worked in over 30 countries. His studies brought him to France and Niger, and Travis later served as a Small Enterprise Development Volunteer with the Peace Corps in Senegal. Most recently, he worked at the International Rescue Committee as Department Manager for International Programs – a role that brought him to Jordan, Kenya, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Travis holds a B.A. in International Relations from Boston University, and a M.S. in International Affairs from the New School for Public Engagement. His master’s research focused on strategies for Western businesses, organizations, and governments to support the LGBT movement in the Global South. He is a fluent speaker of French and Pula-Fouta.
Travis was raised in the coastal village of Ogunquit, Maine – at his parents’ small hotel. It is no coincidence that he continues to have a passion for travel and tourism, and that he sees such great potential for LGBT travel to advance understanding, awareness, and economic wellbeing.