Meet the Director

Jennifer Castner is Director of The Altai Project.

TAP director, Jennifer CastnerPrior to joining The Altai Project in 2006, Jennifer Castner served as Russia Program Director at another international conservation organization.

With a long-standing commitment to Russia, she also worked as Operations Director at Heart to Heart International Children’s Medical Alliance in the late 1990s. Jennifer studied at the Moscow Energy Institute and worked for American Councils in Kiev the early 1990s.

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 Russian-English translation/interpreting and consults on grants administration and the Russian environmental and indigenous movements for nonprofits and foundations. She lives in Michigan with her husband and son.