Director, Georgia Office, U.S.
Rene Esler has more than 25 years of U.S. and international experience working for and with the private sector, nonprofits, and state and federal government agencies. Her current work focuses on program and partnership development and project management, particularly federal programs related to health communication, education, and literacy.
Prior to joining JSI, Rene provided technical assistance to faith-based organizations, managed scientific peer review projects, and developed strategic and communication plans for global aid organizations. Rene spent more than 10 years overseas, where she worked for the private and public sectors, including two years with the U.S. Agency for International Development as a social protection advisor and two years as a Peace Corp volunteer. Rene is a returning member of the JSI family—earlier in her career she created and produced educational television programs in Morocco for JSI. She has an MBA from the University of North Carolina/Greensboro and an MEd with honors from University College, Cork, Ireland. She became a certified project management professional in 2009.