Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission

Caroline Eister

Director of Fair Housing and Commercial Property

​Caroline Eister serves as the Director of Fair Housing and Commercial Property at the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission. In this capacity, she leads the development, implementation, and monitoring of statewide programs aimed at preventing discrimination in housing and commercial property.  

Eister's journey in public service began in 2007 with the Department of Human Services where she held various roles in the Office of Developmental Programs, The Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, and The Office of Administration's Bureau of Equal Opportunity. During her tenure with DHS, she made noteworthy contributions to staff development, certified investigations, licensing, institutional safety and nursing.   

Prior to her commonwealth service, and throughout her career, Eister dedicated many years to supporting people with disabilities, and the elderly. She focused particularly on training, development and coordination for community living arrangements, intermediate care facilities, long term care facilities and homebased waiver programs throughout Pennsylvania. She has served as chairwoman of various human and disability rights committees, demonstrating her commitment to advocating for equality and inclusion. Eister developed impactful training programs in disability rights, abuse prevention, crisis intervention, principals of investigation, as well as healthcare and safety presentations, clinicals and practicums for community members, state agencies, students, and professionals. 

Eister previously served at the PHRC in the Harrisburg Regional Office as a Human Relations Representative 2018-2019.  Her return to PHRC reflects her ongoing dedication to advancing fair housing and advocating for the rights of all Pennsylvanians. Her personal passion for social justice,  provides support for positive change and empowerment in communities across the state.