Stephanie Kaylene Mladinich: Impact Lead

Stephanie was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico and graduated from the University of New Mexico in 2016 with a B.S. in Biology and a B.A. in Latin American Studies with a focus on conservation biology and natural resource management. Stephanie has worked on community-led projects and research in Nicaragua, Mexico, Brazil, Panama and Mozambique, focused on degraded lands restoration, reforestation, sustainable agriculture, and community planning.

Stephanie joined Legado in 2016 as an intern, and later as a Program Manager for the Legado: Namuli program in Mozambique. Through her work, she has experienced the power of inspired individuals to set goals and create change for themselves and their communities. This landscape of community action towards well-being is what drives her. She is currently completing her MSc in Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Science at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo and continues working with Legado on designing Thriving Futures for impact.