My name is Marie-Claire Charles. I was born in a family of nine children in Ouanaminthe Haiti, a small town of just over 100,000 people in the Northeast region of Haiti bordering the Dominican Republic. When I graduated from high school, I received a scholarship through the school, Institution Univers of Ouanaminthe, to come earn my bachelor’s degree in the United States with an agreement to return to Haiti to serve for a few years. After completing my education in International Studies, I returned to Institution Univers and served as the mission team coordinator for four years.

At the end of my contract, the school offered me another scholarship to come back to the United States to earn my Master of Business Administration with the hope to go back to serve in a bigger role. Unfortunately, those plans have since changed, and now the Dalton Foundation has given me an opportunity to continue serving Haiti as its country director. I am still learning about all the work the Foundation does here, in the United States, and around the world, and I am fascinated by its mission and strategy. I am happy to be part of the team, and I look forward to learning more and ultimately returning to Haiti to better serve the nation.

Marie-Claire can be reached at mcharles@thedaltonfoundation.org.