Robert Bank

 

Robert Bank is the Executive Vice President at AJWS, focusing on the organization’s strategic growth and impact. For more than 25 years, Robert has advocated for human rights for marginalized people and communities in the United States and around the world.

Prior to joining AJWS in 2009, Robert served as chief operating officer at Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC). At GMHC, Robert was part of a national team that successfully advocated in 2008 to overturn a long-held U.S. policy that had allowed immigration officials to refuse entry and citizenship to HIV-positive foreign nationals solely because of their HIV status. Robert’s team also established the nation’s first comprehensive HIV and AIDS strategy in 2010.

Born in South Africa, Robert studied at the University of Cape Town, before immigrating to the U.S. in 1977. He holds B.A. and M.M. degrees from The Juilliard School in New York and a J.D. from the City University of New York Law School. Robert has received the Wasserstein Public Interest Fellowship from Harvard Law School, the Lifetime Achievement Award from Gay Men’s Health Crisis and the Partners in Justice Award from AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps. He currently serves on the advisory boards of the Selah Leadership Program, Peripheral Vision International and Nehirim.

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