Stella Mercurio

Stella Mercurio

Associate Director, Africa Programs

As an Associate Director at the Jane Goodall Institute’s Africa Programs, Stella Mercurio leads Project Design, Monitoring and Learning initiatives in the Republic of Congo, Tanzania, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. She loves unconventional solutions, creating

As an Associate Director at the Jane Goodall Institute’s Africa Programs, Stella Mercurio leads Project Design, Monitoring and Learning initiatives in the Republic of Congo, Tanzania, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. She loves unconventional solutions, creating order out of chaos, thinking big, and honing-in on pivotal details. Using the latest tools in conservation, she dedicates her time to enhancing the design of conservation projects, boosting collaboration, improving structures and processes, enabling learning, and showcasing results. In her daily work, she leads teams to do their best work together, think critically, and focus on the change they seek to create.

Born and raised in the Caucasus Mountain Region of Russia, her natural surroundings instilled a deep appreciation of the wilderness and the importance of preserving it. Stella is relentlessly committed to building a brighter future and is passionate about great food. When she isn’t baking or blending something, you will find her spin cycling or trying to keep her cactuses alive. For the last decade, she worked on finding solutions to conservation and animal welfare issues with teams around the globe. Prior to joining the Jane Goodall Institute, Stella had the pleasure of working at the International Fund for Animal Welfare and at Conservation International.