JESSE KOHLER

Executive Director

As CTIPP’s Executive Director, Jesse is in charge of organizational administration and HR, fundraising, strategic planning, public engagements, and working alongside staff and volunteers in their roles with the organization. 

Jesse currently serves in this role for CTIPP on loan from the organization ANS Research, where he works on policy and systems change initiatives. Above all else, Jesse has always had a strong vision for change that would make our world a better place for all. 

Born and raised outside of Philadelphia, Jesse spent the first part of his career working for various nonprofits serving Philadelphia communities, and worked at the state level for both the Office of Attorney General and Governor’s Campaign. He started with CTIPP as its first intern a year after it was formed, became a board member a year later, and then became the executive director when support for the position became available. 

Jesse lives in Washington D.C. with the love of his life, their hamster (Hamuel Adams Kohler), stuffed animals, and many plants. Outside of time spent working, Jesse enjoys time with friends and family, playing and watching sports, exercise, reading, and serving as sous chef when he and Tina have time to cook. 

  • What brings you to this work? My best friend passed away in a plane crash when we were 15 years old. I promised him at his funeral that I would keep him with me and that we would save the world together. This is a promise that I have kept close to my heart ever since. My own lived experiences, along with the overwhelming need that I tried to support in my work in Philadelphia, helped lead me to make this a major part of my life’s work.
    What helps you maintain a balanced life? I am blessed with many close relationships with people who love me. Regular exercise is critical to my wellbeing. My infinite curiosity and love of learning makes every day fulfilling, and my passion for this work makes me excited throughout each day. 
  • Top 3 Podcasts: The Daily, The Journal, Unlocking Us with Brene Brown