Rabbi Elizabeth Richman
Associate Director for Jewish Engagement and Advocacy
Rabbi Elizabeth Richman leads AJWS’s Jewish Engagement team, working with American Jewish clergy and institutions to advance AJWS’s mission and overseeing AJWS’s broader Jewish engagement work. Before coming to AJWS, she spent 13 years in executive leadership at Jews United for Justice (JUFJ). There, as Managing Director & Rabbi in Residence, she played a central role in building and sustaining a rapidly growing legislative campaigning organization, and she oversaw the advocacy, education, and communications work that brought precedent-setting change, including groundbreaking paid family and medical leave legislation, to the Washington-Baltimore region.
Ordained at JTS, where she was a Wexner Graduate Fellow, Elizabeth is actively engaged in the work of the Jewish Social Justice Roundtable and is a senior fellow of the Shalom Hartman Institute. She currently serves on the steering committee of Interfaith Power & Light (DC.MD.NoVa), and previously served as co-chair of the DC Jobs with Justice board and as a member of the Interfaith Worker Justice board. She has also served on the Rabbinical Assembly’s Social Action Commission, the Resolutions Committee, and the Rabbinic Career Development Commission.
Elizabeth holds an AB in Public & International Affairs from Princeton University and a certificate in Senior Nonprofit Leadership from Columbia Business School. She lives in Washington, DC with her family.