Board and Staff

Board of Trustees

Chair

  • Kathleen Levin

Treasurer

  • Jim Koshland

President

  • Ruth W. Messinger

Vice Chairs

  • Monte Dube
  • Judith Stern

Secretary

  • Bill Resnick

Board of Trustees

  • Marion Bergman
  • Jay Cohan
  • Rabbi Menachem Creditor
  • Barbara Dobkin*
  • Steven Dow
  • James Dubey
  • Tom Dubin
  • Eileen Epstein
  • Marty Friedman*
  • Rabbi Elyse Frishman
  • Marc Greenwald
  • Michael Hirschhorn
  • Carol Joseph
  • Howard Kleckner
  • Beth Kraft
  • Susan Lowenberg
  • Carol Yanowitz Miller
  • Joanne Moore
  • Russ Pratt
  • Marcella Kanfer Rolnick
  • Bruce E. Rosenblum
  • Eric Sahn
  • Jolie Schwab
  • Bea Wilderman

AJWS Board as of May 1, 2016
*Past chair

Staff

Executive Team

  • Ruth W. Messinger, President and first Global Ambassador
  • Robert Bank, Executive Vice President and incoming President
  • Jacqueline Hart, Vice President for Strategic Learning, Research and Evaluation
  • Rona Peligal, Vice President for Development
  • Stuart Schear, Vice President for Communications
  • Kristine Stallone, Vice President for Finance and Administration
  • Shari Turitz, Vice President for Programs

Executive Office

  • Henry Barkley
  • Joshua Fried
  • Jody West

U.S. Regional Offices

  • Taal Hasak-Lowy, Executive Director, Chicago
  • Samantha Plotner
  • Allison Lee, Executive Director, Los Angeles and Southern California
  • Lila Glick
  • Emma Nesper Holm
  • Alon Shalev, Executive Director, San Francisco and the Western Region
  • Nina Gerber
  • Marina Javor
  • Larissa Siegel

Communications

  • Elizabeth Leih, Creative Director
  • Jordan Namerow, Director of Digital and Strategic Content
  • Leah Kaplan Robins, Director of Publications and Editorial Services
  • Mariel Alvarado
  • Dan Bloch
  • Andrew Blossom
  • Mia Brill
  • Angela Cave
  • Elizabeth Daube
  • Alana Harper
  • Kristen Kendrick
  • Timothy Lessick
  • Clara Shapiro
  • Carolyn Ziv

Development

  • Gabriel Blau, Director of Sustainability Campaign
  • Tzvetelina “Lina” Bonova, Director of Major Gifts
  • Lloyd Martinez, Director of Institutional Giving
  • Maggie Ball, former Director of Institutional Giving (through March 29, 2016)
  • Nicole Carras
  • Elizabeth DeLois
  • Rachel Furey
  • Neely Grobani
  • Lauren Heinz
  • Samantha Kossin
  • Jay Kotowski
  • Anna Levinger
  • Emily Loubaton
  • Eli Oberman
  • Kaylan Pedine
  • Stefanie Rubin
  • Rebecca Smith
  • Allison Tamer
  • Jill Weitz
  • Catherine Wolf

Finance and Administration

  • Danielle Edwards, Director of Finance
  • Corey Lutsky, Director of Information Technology
  • Aaron Acharya
  • Monica Anderson-Snow
  • Fred Argenziano
  • Steven Collado
  • Hector Echevarria
  • Chanan Feigenbaum
  • Corinne Irwin
  • Emily Jimenez
  • Brittany Keppel
  • Jin Liu
  • Sasha Mierez
  • Ruddy Miller
  • Valeta Prendergast
  • Maritza Sanchez
  • Yee Chiat Tay
  • Jennifer Wald
  • Joy Young

Programs

  • Nikhil Aziz, Director of Natural Resources Rights
  • Jenna Capeci, Director of Civil and Political Rights
  • Timi Gerson, Director of Government Affairs
  • Lilach Shafir, Director of International Education and Jewish Engagement
  • Javid Syed, Director of Sexual Health and Rights
  • Sam Wolthuis, Director of Disaster Response & International Operations
  • Ronnate Asirwatham
  • Amy Bisno
  • Ashley Carter
  • Jeanmarie Collens
  • Raviva Hanser
  • Amanda Hariton
  • Jonathan Hulland
  • Charles Kargman
  • Miriam Kassow
  • Caroline Kouassiaman
  • Eva Lerner
  • Angela Martinez
  • Olivia Nightingale
  • Jennifer Parsons
  • Payal Patel
  • Anne Ramson
  • Dahlia Rockowitz
  • Harry Samuels
  • David Scamell
  • Narwan Seraj

Strategic Learning, Research & Evaluation

  • Irit Houvras, Director of Strategic Learning, Research & Evaluation
  • Margo Mullinax
  • Esther Lee

In-Country Support

  • Ndeye Mareme Bodian, Senegal
  • Nixon Boumba, Haiti
  • Linna Chiv, Cambodia
  • Gitahi Githuku, Kenya
  • Dayugar “D.J.” Johnson, Liberia
  • Luis Mena, Dominican Republic
  • Dorothee Molders, El Salvador
  • Charles Mukandirwa, Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Amber Munger, Haiti
  • Megan Thomas, Guatemala

We express deep gratitude to former members of our staff and board who contributed greatly to AJWS’s success in 2015. AJWS staff as of May 1, 2016. Due to security risks associated with human rights work, not all of our programs staff and in-country partners appear on this list.

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