As a JGI staff member since 2004, and a respected voice in the conservation and human development community, Alice is well positioned to speak to the Institute’s work. Alice has taken part in a number of speaking engagements in which she has discussed JGI’s programs and its unique integrated approach to conservation. She has also been interviewed by major media outlets, including The Guardian (U.K.) and National Public Radio. Born and raised in Kenya and fluent in English and Swahili, Alice is a perfect fit for JGI’s East Africa programs, and her stories about the work in and around Gombe are particularly fascinating.
As director of the Jane Goodall Institute’s (JGI) East Africa programs, Alice Macharia develops the Institute’s community-centered conservation strategies and programs in Tanzania, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Based at the Institute’s headquarters just outside of Washington, D.C., Alice makes regular visits to JGI field offices in East Africa, including the Gombe Stream Research Center in Tanzania. Gombe is where Dr. Goodall began her groundbreaking chimpanzee behavioral study more than 50 years ago—research that continues to this day.
JGI’s East Africa programs assist in the direct conservation of protected areas, while providing local communities living near chimpanzee habitat with the tools they need to manage their natural resources for long-term economic gain and environmental prosperity. The Institute partners with local communities in conservation by assisting in land-use planning, increasing capacity to manage forest resources, promoting sustainable livelihoods, and increasing knowledge of local environmental issues. Alice works closely with field staff to conceptualize JGI programs from proposal and budget development to in-depth analysis of program results.
Alice holds a M.A. in sustainable international development from Brandeis University with a focus in community-centered conservation, participation and gender. She also holds a M.A. in geography from Miami University in Ohio with a focus in community participation in wetland research and conservation. Alice earned her B.S. in geography from the University of Nairobi, Kenya