Gregory C. Carr

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Gregory C. Carr
Born1959 (1959) (age 60)
EducationMaster of Science in
Public policy [1]
Alma materJohn F. Kennedy School of Government, Utah State University

Gregory C. Carr (born 1959) is an American entrepreneur and philanthropist. His most notable philanthropic venture is the restoration of Mozambique's famous Gorongosa National Park,[2] which has been ravaged by civil war and environmental destruction. He has pledged $40 million over 30 years to rebuild the park as a source of tourist income for the local population.


Greg Carr was born in Idaho Falls, Idaho, in 1959. His parents are Taylor H. and Betty O. Carr. He attended Utah State University as an undergraduate, majoring in history, and received a master's degree in public policy from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government in 1986. Later that year, inspired by the breakup of AT&T, he and Scott Jones founded Boston Technology,[3] one of the earlier firms to sell voice mail systems to telephone companies. Carr served as the chair of Boston Technology until it was purchased by Comverse Technology (CMVT) in 1998 .

From 1996 to 1998 he was chair of Prodigy, an early global Internet service provider (ISP). He also co-founded Africa Online in 1996 and served as its chair until 1998.

In 1998 Carr resigned from his for-profit boards and dedicated himself to humanitarian activities. He formed the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard University in 1999. Through research and teaching, the Carr Center seeks to make human rights principles central to the formulation of good public policy in the United States and throughout the world.

In 1999 he also founded the Gregory C. Carr Foundation, a non-profit organization through which he has been involved in various projects including the Gorongosa Restoration Project. The Carr Foundation is currently committed to the 30 year restoration of Gorongosa National Park in central Mozambique as well as to the sustainable development of the communities surrounding the park. The Gorongosa team has reintroduced species to the ecosystem, worked with the Mozambican government to extend the park's boundaries to include Mount Gorongosa and planted more than three million trees on the mountain, created an international Restoration Ecology science research center, established eco-tourism in the Park, and provides health and education programs to the local communities living near the Park's borders. National Geographic Television chronicled the Park's restoration in their film "Africa's Lost Eden", as well as the CBS News program "60 Minutes"[4] on October 26, 2008.

Carr has been active in human rights activities in his home state of Idaho. In 2000, he co-founded the Museum of Idaho located in Idaho Falls, and in 2001 he opened the Market Theater in Harvard Square, Cambridge, Massachusetts. The theater was known for showcasing small independent and experimental productions. In 2001 he purchased the compound of the Aryan Nations, near Hayden Lake, Idaho, after it was seized by court order following a successful lawsuit brought by the Southern Poverty Law Center against the Nazi group. The land, donated to North Idaho College, is now a peace park.

Carr currently sits on the board of Internews, a non-profit organization advancing independent journalism.

He is a close friend of biologist E. O. Wilson.[5]


  1. ^ "KENNEDY SCHOOL ANNOUNCES CENTER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS POLICY" (Press release). John F. Kennedy School of Government. 1999-06-10. Retrieved 2008-10-26.
  2. ^ Hanes, Stephane (May 2007). "Greg Carr's Big Gamble". Smithsonian (magazine). Retrieved 2008-10-26.
  3. ^ Julie Sloane (2007-10-11). "Anatomy of an entrepreneur". Fortune Small Business. Retrieved 2008-10-26.
  4. ^ One Man's Plan to Save a Natural Treasure. CBS News. Retrieved 2017-08-09.
  5. ^ French, Howard W. (November Issue). "E. O. Wilson's Theory of Everything". The Atlantic. Retrieved 13 October 2011. Check date values in: |date= (help)

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