Jeff Meer is the Executive Director of the U.S. office of Handicap International. Meer comes to Handicap International from PHI, where he served as the Special Advisor for Global Health Policy and Development, coordinating 18 global health programs, conducting congressional and administration advocacy for global health, and creating new global health initiatives, including a focus on non-communicable disease prevention.
Meer entered the U.S. Foreign Service in 1986, with overseas postings in Guangzhou, China, and Frankfurt, Germany. Back home in Washington, D.C., he specialized in human rights and humanitarian issues.
Meer then became the founding program officer for peace and security at the United Nations Foundation. Later he became Executive Director of the U.S. Association for UNHCR, where for five years he led efforts to raise awareness and funds on behalf of the UN Refugee Agency.
Meer is a graduate of Dartmouth College, where he earned a degree in French literature. He speaks French, German, and Cantonese Chinese, and resides in Silver Spring, Maryland.