Leadership Team

Thrive Global project is the passion of a small but mighty team have over 20 years of combined experience in directing non profits and social enterprises, and leading trips across the globe.

It’s our passion that drives us.

Grace Moyd, Executive Director

Hailing from South Carolina, Grace got a degree in Humanities with focusses in Philosophy, Religion and English. She started her career as an entrepreneur building a social enterprise called WritefullyHis. During her time at WritefullyHis, she did consulting work on the side with non-profits and start-up social businesses. She traveled to Africa numerous times leading trips for organizations and saw the need for resources and so did her extended family. In 2017, her family wanted to give back more and asked her to spearhead a family legacy. After 6 months of research, Thrive Global Project was born January 2018.

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Kathryn McLeod, Director of Development & Marketing

Kathryn is a story-teller, connector, innovator, traveler, disruptor, and awkward dancer.

She has a professional background in the private and not-for-profit sectors and is a pioneering business marketer and business development guru specializing in Social Enterprise (aka businesses who create common good).

Her life and professional experiences have led her down a different path than most. A few years ago, she had an insane dream that would require her to leave her job, sell her possessions, buy a one-way ticket to Africa and risk everything...

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Heather Elliott-Whitehead, Volunteer Consultant for PR and Media Relations

Born and raised in rural Jamaica, Heather migrated to the prairies of Canada in the late nineties and later made her way to study in the United States where she's called home ever since. Heather is a Public Relations Executive , Administrative and Communications Consultant and Entrepreneur based primarily in New York City. Heather's philanthropic endeavors spans across various causes where she volunteers her time and expertise for the greater good to help people in need.

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Emanuel Motta, Adventure Director

Born and raised at the base of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Ema Motta first climbed Africa’s highest peak in 2001. For the following 15 years, he has led climbing expeditions on Kilimanjaro and other peaks as a certified licensed guide, in addition to designing, organizing and leading a wide range of biking and safari adventures.

Ema is a Certified Wilderness First Responder (WFR) and has been trained and certified in Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and high altitude sickness by the Outdoor Institute from Montana, USA. He is passionate about providing his clients with outstanding experiences that feature the best of Tanzania, taking into account clients’ interests and aspirations.

Ema has been guiding TGP's trips to Africa since 2018.

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