Brian Kastner

Officer, Thought Leadership & Communications

Brian is the Officer of Thought Leadership & Communications at CAF America where he works on the organization’s image, voice, and content production. During his 3+ years at CAF America, he has assisted in creating signature initiatives such as the International Grantmaking Symposium, Cross-Border Giving: A Legal and Practical Guide, and Diaspora Gives Bangladesh.

With a background in international affairs, Brian has held various internships in D.C. ranging from the U.S. Senate, the National Defense University, American Security Project, and the Alliance for Peacebuilding.

Brian holds a Masters with Distinction in International Conflict and Security from the University of Kent’s Brussels School of International Studies (BSIS). He received his Bachelors from The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs in 2014.

What inspires me to do what I do
My parents have both dedicated their lives to improving their community and this has been passed on to me over the years.

Nicknames
Mr. B, Beezy, and unfortunately, many more.

Book that moved me
A Problem from Hell by Samantha Power

A person I’d love to meet
Ina Garten

Likes
Coffee, dogs, and mountains in that order

Slogans for life
Keep it classy

Guilty pleasure
Really good butter

Something someone would be surprised to know about me
I spent the majority of my life in North Carolina and never developed an accent

Thing that really baffles me
Metro

Favorite meal
Short rib stew

Random fact about me
I love to cook and entertain

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