As Director of Development, Gina Lentine leads the Coalition’s fundraising efforts in support of the organization’s programming, partners, and special initiatives. Lentine has a decade of experience in the democracy assistance and human rights field. For over six years, she served on the Europe & Eurasia Programs team as Senior Program Officer at Freedom House. In this capacity, she oversaw the organization’s program development, strategy, management, and implementation to assist civil society and human rights defenders in Eastern Europe, Turkey, and the South Caucasus. Lentine is an experienced human rights advocate who has supported human rights defenders from Europe and Eurasia in raising international attention to abuses, including before the US Department of State, the Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), the United Nations (UN), and the Council of Europe (COE).
Prior to Freedom House, Lentine worked at the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) in a global capacity and Open Society Foundations (OSF) with the Eurasia Program. She was a graduate fellow at the Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC, and the International Cultural Center in Krakow, Poland. Lentine holds a Master of Arts in Eurasian, Russian, and East European Studies from the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, and a Bachelor of Arts from Wellesley College. Lentine has lived, studied, and worked in Ukraine, Moldova, Russia, and Poland. She speaks Russian, Polish, French, and Spanish, and has a working knowledge of Ukrainian.