Nonprofit Program Manager

Building Understanding Across Borders

Students with a bug for international travel will see how learning a second language led a U.S.-born woman to the world of international trade – and a satisfying career building relationships across borders.

Robin Kistler grew up in the United States. After studying Russian in college, she landed a job working as a program manager for the US Russian Far East Partnership Activity, a part of the Foundation for Russian-American Economic Cooperation in Seattle, Washington.

Kistler continually develops her language skills – speaking with her Russian staff, exchanging phone calls and e-mails with contacts in Russia, and traveling to and hosting delegations from Russia. “I like building understanding for people," Kistler says, "and I like to see the joy that comes from mutual connections and joint projects."

Running time: 8 minutes

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