As vice president of the Rainforest Alliance's Communications, Marketing and Education Division, a position she has held since May 2002, Diane Jukofsky oversees all of the organization's publications, websites and multimedia productions; media outreach and marketing efforts worldwide; as well as the Alliance's international environmental education program.
Jukofsky became one of the Rainforest Alliance's first staff members shortly after she moved to Costa Rica in 1990 and co-founded the organization´s Online Communities Initiative. She also helped launch the organization’s sustainable agriculture and Adopt-A-Rainforest programs. Previously, she was a vice president at the nonprofit Scientists’ Institute for Public Information, press secretary to a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, an editor at Twin Cities Public Television and a public information officer at the National Wildlife Federation.
For five years she taught an online course on Neotropical rainforests at New School University and in 2002, was elected an honorary member of Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society -- becoming the first representative of a nonprofit conservation organization to receive this recognition. She received a BA from Mount Holyoke College and is the author of The Encyclopedia of Rainforests, [Oryx Press, 2002] and dozens of articles about conservation and wildlife. Jukofsky has worked in conservation communications for more than 35 years.