Meet the Director

Meet The Director

Jennifer Castner is Director of The Altai Project.

Prior 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, Jennifer 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.

Jennifer 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, Jennifer 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.

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Why Altai?

The Greater Altai Ecoregion is of global importance. Within that system, Russia’s Altai Republic is linked with Kazakhstan, China, and Mongolia.

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Our History

Throughout 17+ years of its existence, The Altai Project has constantly refined and adjusted its work to protect nature and strengthen communities in Altai.

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Altai Alliance

In 2008, the Altai Project and over twenty US nonprofits, individuals, and donors formed an international alliance to protect Russia’s Altai region.

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Interns & Volunteers

We are often able to develop rewarding internships and volunteer projects for enthusiastic and independent-minded volunteers.

We may be able to create a virtual internship for you wherever you are or we can help you find a suitable placement in Altai with a local non-profit group there.

Russian language skills are helpful for program-related work, but if you have other specific skills and time to give, such as grant-writing, donor development, web/graphic design, etc. then we'd be happy to put you to work!

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