Alejandra Monge – Executive Director
Alejandra was born in San José, Costa Rica, and is passionate about nature. In the mid-nineties, she collaborated with the Ministry of Tourism and other experts to design the first version of the Sustainable Tourism Certificate. She has been working to promote sustainable tourism and the conservation of natural resources for three decades.
Since 2001, she has held the position of director executive of the Corcovado Foundation. Under her leadership, the foundation has grown exponentially, becoming a reference for financial transparency, programmatic efficiency, and environmental and social commitment. With the support of a team of committed young people, the Corcovado Foundation has managed and implemented countless programs for protected areas, sustainable development, environmental education, sustainable tourism promotion, and community-based tourism.
In 2018, the German television network Deutsche Welle distinguished Alejandra as one of the 40 women in Latin America who are transforming the region for their tireless work to pursue social development and conservation of natural resources in the country.
She has a baccalaureate in tourism and a master’s degree from the University of Costa Rica in Business Administration with a Marketing specialization. She is also in the process of completing her Masters in Natural Resources Management. She has participated in numerous training related to environmental protection and justice, leadership, and community development. Alejandra also gives talks about climate change, conservation of tropical forests, and sustainable tourism and in schools and colleges in Costa Rica and the United States.
Francisco Delgado – Projects Director
Francisco Delgado Mena was born in San José, Costa Rica. Being an entrepreneur, broadcaster and radio host, he joined the Corcovado Foundation in 2006. Francisco studied Business Administration at the Catholic University and later a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from the American University – UAM. In 2015 he took a course in Project Management for Development by InterAmerican Bank
During his time in the organization, he has participated in several workshops and seminars on Corporate Social Responsibility, Sustainable Tourism, and Entrepreneurship. Thanks to this, he has had the opportunity to get involved in these issues. Currently, he is part of the team that offers talks on how to reduce the impact on the environment.
Within the organization has been responsible for supporting the Within the organization has been responsible for supporting the direction of projects, as well as marketing activities, social networks, and public relations. Due to his excellent performance, he has been in charge of supporting the executive director in the general administration of the organization.
At the end of 2018, Francisco was nominated by the environmental affairs office of the Embassy of the United States to participate in the International Visitors Program in the topic “Administration of Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs). ” There, he had the opportunity to expand his knowledge and share experiences with other NGOs from the United States and different parts of the world.
Francisco is great at team playing and is constantly learning. He loves his family, music, and nature.
Zoraida Tenorio – Project assistant | Volunteer Program Coordinator
Zoraida joined the Corcovado Foundation in January 2010. She collaborates in the implementation and administration of all the projects and programs of the organization. For the support she had in the projects implemented in the buffer zone of La Amistad International Park, since October of 2018 she was given the opportunity to take charge of the implementation of a volunteer program of TRC (Rural Community Tourism) which includes the enterprises located in that area.
In 2016-2017, she attended a technician in business administration and in human resources. Besides, during her career in the organization, she has participated in different marketing training and fundraising campaigns. She is in charge of taking care of our members, volunteers, donors, and collaborators.
Zoraida enjoys every day of her work, because she knows that she is making a huge difference in conservation and is aware that her generation will inherit this beautiful natural wealth that characterizes Costa Rica.
Helena Pita – Environmental Education Program Director
Helena obtained her degree in Biology, with a specialization in Ecology, from the Universidad Autnoma de Madrid in 2011. She was certified as an Environmental Educator in 2012 by the environmental association Grefa, and worked at the Asociación Conservacionista Gaia por la Conservación de la Naturaleza. Helena worked with Loggerhead sea turtles in Cape Verde in 2008 with the association Natura 2000, and was a Research Assistant at the Foundations Sea Turtle Conservation Program in 2012. Since then she has worked as a Coordinator for the Foundations Environmental Education Program.
Joselyn Jiménez – Field coordinator of the sustainable development and climate action volunteer program
Joselyn Jiménez Villegas, graduated in 2016 from the National University (UNA) with a degree in Trade and International Business, and a Postgraduate degree in process at Centro Internacional de Política Económica para el Desarrollo Sostenible (CINPE) de la UNA.
From 2012 to 2015 was an active volunteer for a university group called UNAventura Volunteering in which participated in environmental volunteering around the country but mainly in sea turtle conservation programs.
In 2016 she became part of the work team of an association called Verdiazul, which promotes the conservation of sea turtles in the Pacific, at Junquillal beach. She was there for 2 years, initially as an assistant to the biologists of the project and later as part of the administrative team, she obtained experiences with Lora and Black turtles and was in 3 seasons of Leatherback.
Mariel Vega Rojas – Communication
Mariel loves animals and nature, she has always been involved in organizations or activities for the welfare of animals.
She studied Public Relations at the Universidad Latina de Costa Rica and has a degree in Marketing Communication, in 2018 she specialized in Digital Marketing.
She worked for 5 years in advertising, developing advertising campaigns for different brands such as Pastas Roma, Frontera, Riunite, Unibe, etc. She also has experience in corporate communication management, content creation, and digital strategy for social networks.
Her work in the foundation began in 2018 as part of the communication and fundraising team. She coordinates digital communication, making visible the efforts and work of the foundation.
Estela Villalta Chavarría – Legal Advisor
Estela is passionate about people, nature, and outdoor activities.
She studied Public Relations and her Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing Communication. She has worked in the area of marketing, digital marketing, and corporate social responsibility. She was the coordinator of the Marketing and Communications Department of Santa Paula University, the head of Brand of the American University, and an Executive of BAC Credomatic digital channels.
She is also a lawyer and has worked on labor, corporate, and environmental law. During her time at the Corcovado Foundation, she has been a contributor in the area of communication, fundraising, and legal advice.
Ana Margarita Suárez – Accounting assistant
Ana Margarita has been working for our organization since September 2005. Ana Margarita is an accountant with several additional accounting, labor law and taxation, and other training
Ana Margarita has managed, with transparency and efficiency, more than 100 different projects in Osa and the country.
She loves numbers and enjoys doing her job, with the awareness that she is making a difference in the protection of the natural resources of the Osa Peninsula.
Shirley Quirós S. – Office Assistant
Shirley joined the Foundation in July 2015. She collaborates in the implementation and administration of all projects. She is also in charge of quoting and acquiring all the supplies and materials, both for the foundation and for the projects.At the same time, she provides help in accounting, electronic invoicing, accounting entry, file, payments, etc.
Motivational phrase: “The only way to do a great job is to love what you do” – Steve Jobs.