Charlene Ruell - Head of Operations

Head of Operations

Charlene joined CAN-International as a Program Assistant in 2014. She holds a Bachelor of Science in History from Northwestern University and considers herself a Chicagoan, despite being raised in rural Southern Oregon. Before joining CAN-International, she worked in Higher Education recruitment for 12 years, where she also assisted International Students from around the world with immigration and integration.

Most recently, Charlene has been transitioning into the development world, after receiving a Master’s Degree in Cultural Heritage and International Development from the University of East Anglia in the UK. During her time there, she also took part in an internship with the Petra National Trust in Jordan. Since then, she has been working on communications related projects with two NGOs – Play for Peace and Young People We Care.

Charlene is excited to be working with CAN-International and has a particular interest in the relationships between sustainable development, cultural heritage, tourism, and place branding within developing countries.