Anera Names New Country Director for Palestine
August 28, 2018 | Washington, DC Anera (American Near East Refugee Aid) is pleased to announce that Jack Byrne has joined the organization as country director in Jerusalem. Jack is an experienced development professional with over eighteen years of field work experience in emergency, humanitarian, and development programs across four continents.
Jack will supervise Anera’s programs across the West Bank and Gaza, including health and education services, sustainable community development, water rehabilitation, agriculture, microfinance, and emergency relief aid.
Prior to joining Anera, Jack was chief of party in Gaza for Catholic Relief Services, where he managed a multiyear program working with local partners to provide training and food assistance to Gazans. He has also served as Country Director for the International Rescue Committee in Jordan, and led the organization’s response to humanitarian needs in Syria. Jack has a master’s degree from the School for International Training in Vermont.
“We are thrilled to have Jack joining us,” said Anera President Sean Carroll. “Not too many people have the international development and humanitarian experience and expertise he brings, and very few have spent the past two and half years living and working full-time in Gaza. As Gaza is likely to be a big humanitarian and development focus over the coming years, Anera is fortunate to have Jack on our team.”
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