Executive Director

Prior to assuming the role of Executive Director (ED), Dr. Stanley served as Director of Educational (and Information) Technology at The Gorilla Foundation for over 15 years, and functioned as acting Development Director for the past 2 years.

In his former role he was responsible for managing and developing the Gorilla Foundation’s IT infrastructure, including its database, website, professional and educational presentations, and all multimedia communications and online fundraising campaigns. He later assumed responsibility for the Foundation’s direct mail and overall communications strategy, and for developing a strategic plan to maximize and extend the legacy of project Koko — a unique combination of interspecies communication-based research, education, conservation, care and empathy —for the benefit of great apes everywhere. 

As ED, Dr. Stanley is responsible for building a new executive management team, expanding its Board of Directors and establishing new strategic alliances within the nonprofit, great ape and technology sectors to advance its mission and successful completion of its new Strategic Plan.

Before coming to The Gorilla Foundation, Dr. Stanley worked at Lockheed’s Palo Alto Research Laboratory for over 20 years, where, as Senior Staff Scientist, he managed a small team of engineers to develop a sophisticated structural  simulation software system for the aerospace industry.

He received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering (specializing in Computational Mechanics) from Stanford University in 1984, and has been passionate ever since about applying simulation technologies to enhance education, and to enable small organizations to accomplish major missions.

The Gorilla Foundation’s mission of conservation through communication has become his own personal mission as well.

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The Gorilla Foundation /
1733 Woodside Rd., Suite 330
Redwood City, CA, 94061
1-800-ME-GO-APE (634-6273)

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