AJWS Selects Jewish Community Engagement Fellow

Brandeis Grad, Shulie Eisen, Named First “AJWS Presidential Fellow”

New York, NY; October 4, 2010— American Jewish World Service (AJWS), an international development and human rights organization, has named Shulie Eisen its first Presidential Fellow. Eisen was selected from a pool of nearly 100 highly-accomplished recent college graduates from across the U.S. for the 12-month fellowship.

Over the next year, Eisen will have the unique opportunity to accompany AJWS president, Ruth Messinger, on her professional travel with the goal of expanding, strengthening and deepening AJWS’s relationships within the North American Jewish community.

“Shulie Eisen’s personal and professional devotion to making global justice a focus of American Jewish life and identity will make her a valuable addition to AJWS,” said Messinger. “I am thrilled to have her by my side as I meet with and help mobilize communities to join us in confronting the profound challenges of global hunger, poverty and disease.”

As the Presidential Fellow, Eisen will work within AJWS’s Department of Education and Community Engagement. While traveling with Messinger, Eisen will explore new ways to connect with constituents, identify new partnership opportunities and speak with communities about AJWS’s work.

Originally from northern California, Eisen graduated from Brandeis University in 2008 with a degree in International and Global Studies. While at Brandeis, Eisen served as a leader with the university’s chapter of STAND, a student anti-genocide coalition, and as an intern with AJWS’s Darfur Action Campaign. After college, Eisen participated in AJWS’s World Partners Fellowship in India, where she worked with a rural women’s organization on issues concerning women’s empowerment. Since her return from India, Eisen has worked with the Millennium Cities Initiative, a project of the Earth Institute at Columbia University, doing research on gender, education and health in major cities in Sub-Saharan Africa.

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