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Jennifer Castner directs Eurasian Wildlife and Peoples.

Jennifer Castner advances Eurasian Wildlife and Peoples’ mission, builds partnerships, and drives fundraising efforts. She brings decades of experience in non-profit strategic development and planning, environmental conservation action, Russian language translation and interpreting, and solidarity and collaboration with Indigenous activists. She has traveled extensively in Russia, Ukraine, Central Asia, and beyond.

Jennifer’s early career path reflects her life-long commitment to strengthening and supporting communities. After graduating from Bryn Mawr College with a Bachelor’s in Russian language and linguistics, Jennifer worked for American Councils for International Education in Ukraine and in the United States, as a jobs counselor for Russian-speaking and Bosnian refugees at Jewish Vocational Service (San Francisco), and as operations director at  Heart to Heart Global Cardiac Care. Prior to joining Earth Island Institute in 2006, Jennifer served as Russia program director at another international conservation organization with a long-standing program in Russia.

In addition, Jennifer is a Russian-English translator and consults on grants administration and Eurasian environmental and Indigenous movements for nonprofits and foundations. She is a member of the Central Asian Regional Information Network. She lives in mid-Michigan with her husband, son, and a menagerie of critters. She rides horses, bakes, knits, gardens, and volunteers in her community.

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