Jill Adler is the founding Director of the East-West Parliamentary Practice Project (EWPPP), which was established in 1990 as a joint initiative of the European Cultural Foundation(ECF) in The Netherlands and the Ford Foundation (USA), in cooperation with a consortium of U.S. and European funders. The EWPPP, an independent non-profit organization headquartered in Amsterdam, develops and implements capacity building programs for parliaments and civil society organizations in the emerging democracies of Eastern/Southeastern Europe and Eurasia.
Prior to 1990, she served as a Program Officer in charge of initiating cooperative ventures with Eastern Europe and the (then) Soviet Union in the cultural and educational fields. In 1996, she was awarded the Hungarian Cross of Honor by the President of the Republic of Hungary for contributing to the democratization of parliaments in Central and Eastern Europe. In 2008, she was awarded the Albanian Medal of Appreciation by the President of the Republic of Albania for contributing to the democratization of the Albanian Parliament. She is an adjunct professor at Webster University in Leiden, the Netherlands, and The University of Utrecht, the Netherlands.
She currently serves on several boards, including: the Board of Directors of the Albanian-American Development Foundation (AADF); the Executive Committee/Board of the Netherlands-America Fulbright Center; Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the Institute for Development Policy (INDEP)(Kosovo); and most recently, the Board of Trustees of RIT Kosovo (A.U.K.) (American University Kosovo).
Ms. Adler received a Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University Law Center.