Meet the Director

Jennifer Castner is Director of The Altai Project.

TAP director, Jennifer CastnerPrior to coming to TAP, Jennifer served as Director of the Russia Program at San Francisco-based Pacific Environment. There she led a team of five staff working toward diverse conservation goals in Siberia and the Russian Far East.

Prior work history includes work as a Program Coordinator and Vocational Counselor for Russian and Bosnian refugees at SF JVS, Operations Director for Heart to Heart International Children’s Medical Alliance, and Program Associate at American Councils.

Jennifer lived in Moscow and studied at the Moscow Energy Institute in 1992 and lived and worked in Kiev in 1993. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Russian language and linguistics in 1993 from Bryn Mawr College.

She is fluent in Russian and has traveled extensively in Siberia and the Russian Far East, Ukraine, and Europe. When she’s not busy with The Altai Project, she does freelance Russian-English translation and consults for other nonprofits on Russian conservation and sustainable community development.