Jesse Kohler - Executive Director


"To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived; that is to have succeeded." Ralph Waldo Emerson

Jesse has always been had big visions and wanted to make the world a better place for all people. After graduating from Oberlin College in 2016, Jesse moved back home to the Philadelphia area and started his career at a Philadelphia public school with the nonprofit 12+. Seeing firsthand how education reform could improve outcomes across society, he pursued a Master's in Educational Leadership from Arcadia University. While pursuing his degree, Jesse started as an intern for CTIPP in 2017, one year after the organization was founded, while also interning for the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General, working to develop the Pennsylvania Trauma-Informed Care Network.

As his awareness of the trauma-informed movement grew, so too did his belief that it was a key to making the world a better place for all. Following graduating from Arcadia, Jesse became the Director of Development at North Light Community Center in Philadelphia and started his years-long journey through Lakeside Global Institute to become fluent in trauma-informed care. As a nonprofit fundraising professional immersed in the trauma-informed movement and a young adult with energy and time to contribute, CTIPP, as an unfunded organization at the time, voted to make Jesse a board member. Jesse enjoyed the opportunity to simultaneously work in the grassroots and at the national level, which has helped to inform his work ever since.

In 2019, Jesse developed the Lowering Overdose and Violence Epidemics (LOVE) Initiative at North Light, incorporating trauma-informed practices into the community center's existing programming and creating new programs to fill gaps, while simultaneously helping to launch the National Trauma Campaign to build the movement to influence the United States to adopt trauma-informed, resilience-focused, and healing-centered approaches, practices, environments, and systems.

Jesse has been supported by the expertise on CTIPP's board and elsewhere to better understand the science and legislative process, and relies on his roots in communities to understand where systems are currently failing individuals, families, and communities. Still at the relative beginning of his career, Jesse is humbled by the opportunity to serve in this role for CTIPP.

As the organization builds funding streams to build and sustain a team, Jesse serves as a consultant for the think tank ANS Research, who loans him to CTIPP to help build the organization. ANS Research works to prevent developmental adversity and reduce the progression of adversity across the lifespan. The partnership between the two organizations has been an incredible opportunity to learn and grow, and he is enjoying the opportunity to work in this field full-time.