Jesse Casler, MBA

“I enjoy interacting with the high quality students of Eastern University and exploring the various facets (including pros and cons) of microfinance with them. I am passionate about this subject. My students challenge my thinking further on this topic as well, and they bring their variety of experiences to the classroom”.

Jesse is first and foremost a child of God, forgiven through the grace and mercy of Jesus Christ. Secondarily, he has served at HOPE International since 2004 in a variety of senior positions. Jesse has a B.A. from Eastern Nazarene College and both an M.A. and an MBA from Boston University. The field of microfinance falls at the intersection of these degrees, combining Jesse’s passion for serving those in the developing countries and his business expertise. Prior to and during his graduate work, Jesse gained experience in international banking at State Street Corporation’s international headquarters in Massachusetts and later at a subsidiary of Advent Software. He has traveled extensively throughout Eastern Europe, Africa, Asia, and Latin America working in the finance, accounting, operations, and administration teams while at HOPE. He has served as a church board member and treasurer and is deeply committed to HOPE’s Christian mission. Jesse and Krista, his wife, live in Lancaster, PA, with their two children.

Contact Information


  • BA, Eastern Nazarene College ( Sociology and Psychology, Business minor)
  • MBA, Boston University
  • MA, Boston University (International Relations)
  • Microenterprise and Development Institute, Southern New Hampshire University (2005)
  • Program on Strategic Leadership for Microfinance, Harvard Business School (2008)
Affiliations/ Professional Associations
  • Participant in the SEEP Network

Serving as a board member for:

  • HOPE Congo
  • HOPE Ukraine
  • Esperanza Haiti.
Recent Courses
  • Introduction to Microfinance
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