The core of the SSP is made up of institutional representatives from each zoo holding gorillas. These representatives report the status of their groups to an elected steering committee made up of a chair, vice-chair, secretary, and seven other elected members. 
In addition, the SSP has a number of advisors on issues important to the management of gorillas.

The current steering committee is:

  • Kristen E. Lukas, Ph.D. (Chair, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo)
  • Rachel Daneault (Vice-Chair, Disney's Animal Kingdom)
  • Jill Moyse (Secretary, Lincoln Park Zoo)
  • Jodi Carrigan (Treasurer, Zoo Atlanta)
  • Roby Elsner (Studbook Keeper, Gladys Porter Zoo)
  • Aaron Jesue (Social Media Advisor, Detroit Zoo)
  • Ron Evans (Louisville Zoo)
  • Elena Less (Cleveland Metroparks Zoo)
  • Danielle Decker (Sedgwick County Zoo)
  • Audra Meinelt (Columbus Zoo)
  • Keith Zdrojewski (Dallas Zoo)
  • Jennifer Ireland (North Carolina Zoo)

The current advisory committee is:

  • Veterinary Advisory Team
    • Tom Meehan, D.V.M. (Brookfield Zoo)
    • Pam Dennis, D.V.M., Ph.D. (Cleveland Metroparks Zoo)
    • Hayley Murphy, D.V.M. (Detroit Zoological Society)
    • Sam Rivera, D.V.M., D.A.C.Z.M. (Zoo Atlanta) 
  • Gorilla Behavior Advisory Group
    • Rachel Daneault (Chair, Disney's Animal Kingdom)
  • Population Management Center Advisors
    • Alex Garretson (Lincoln Park Zoo)
  • Reproduction Advisor
    • TBD
  • Contraception Advisor
    • Monica McDonald (Saint Louis Zoological Park)
  • Nutrition Advisors
    • Michelle Shaw, Ph.D. (Taronga Zoo)
    • Deb Schmidt, Ph.D. (Saint Louis Zoological Park)
  • Pathology Advisor
    • Linda Lowenstine, D.V.M., Ph.D. (University of California at Davis)
  • Conservation Advisors
    • Tara Stoinski, Ph.D. (Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International)
    • Richard Bergl, Ph.D. (North Carolina Zoological Park)
  • Research Advisors
    • Nancy Hawkes, Ph.D. (Woodland Park Zoo)
    • Elena Less, Ph.D. (Cleveland Metroparks Zoo)
  • Education Advisors
    • Staci Weich (Zoo Atlanta)
    • Katie Corr (Cleveland Metroparks Zoo)
    • Ben Jones (Dallas Zoo)