fbpx

Ariel Zwang Named First Woman CEO at JDC

Erin is the Digital Content Manager at the Jewish Journal. She also covers Jewish art, entertainment and culture.

https://jewishjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/jj_avatar.jpg
Erin Ben-Moche
Erin is the Digital Content Manager at the Jewish Journal. She also covers Jewish art, entertainment and culture.

Ariel Zwang has been named the newest CEO at The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC). Announced Oct. 18, Zwang will be the first woman to hold this position for the Jewish humanitarian organization.

Zwang brings along 25 years of experience and was the CEO of Safe Horizon, one of America’s leading social service agencies; executive director of New York Cares, New York City’s largest volunteering organization and a White House Fellow in the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

She starts her work with JDC on Jan. 2. Zwang was unanimously nominated by JDC’s search and executive committees.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome Ariel Zwang as JDC’s next CEO. We know her dynamic skillset and lifelong dedication to improving lives and building Jewish life, at the heart of JDC’s mission, will be critical to her success in leading an organization that’s played a key role in the history of the Jewish people for more than a century,” JDC President Mark Sisisky and interim CEO Darrell Friedman said in a joint statement to the Journal. “Our world faces unprecedented challenges and JDC’s support of Jews, Jewish communities, Israelis, and others in dire need is more critical than ever before. Ariel’s outstanding talents and values-driven leadership will strengthen our ability to achieve this goal and move us forward into another century of service as the 9-1-1 of the Jewish world.”

For more than 100 years the Jewish organization has aimed to provide aid to Jews in need and form strong Jewish connections in 70 countries.

During her 12 years at Safe Horizon, Zwang transformed the organization and doubled the size, and enhanced the financial, operational, programmatic and strategic health of the organization while developing strong relationships with philanthropic leaders and government officials. She also raised millions in funding from individuals, foundations, corporations and governments.

“I’ve spent my career working on behalf of those who don’t have all the basics that every human being deserves. And I have also lived my life knowing that that we Jews are all responsible for each other, no matter the circumstances. So it is a tremendous privilege to join JDC, which has saved countless lives over the past century and more, and unite my professional and personal passions,” Zwang said in a statement. “Building the future of the global Jewish people, support for those in economic distress, including the elderly and Holocaust survivors, and working with Israel to provide opportunity for its vulnerable – is profoundly meaningful to me. JDC performs these miracles every day, and I am eager to work with its Board, staff, funders and partners to continue this work and position JDC for another 100 years of strength and impact.”

“I’ve spent my career working on behalf of those who don’t have all the basics that every human being deserves. And I have also lived my life knowing that that we Jews are all responsible for each other, no matter the circumstances.” — Ariel Zwang

Zwang also holds an undergraduate degree from Harvard College, an MBA from Harvard Business School, and resides in Manhattan with her husband, Gordon Mehler, and their daughters.

“Ariel is a rare leader whose integrity, dedication to mission, and sense of purpose will benefit JDC as it continues its impactful work around the world,” Hadassah CEODr. Janice Weinman said. “As someone who leads an international Jewish organization, I know she offers that combination of strength, heart, vision, and insightfulness needed to guide JDC, unify people behind its work, and undoubtedly propel it to new heights.”

The Jerusalem Post reported that Zwang’s announcement comes following months of tension in the JDC during the search.

“Some alleg[ed] that Sisisky and the executive board allegedly interfered in the selection process,” according to the Post. “Indeed, the process was marred by delays, a lack of transparency and a change in the selection process, as well as complications caused by the coronavirus pandemic.”

For more information, please visit the website.

Did you enjoy this article?

You'll love our roundtable.

Enjoyed this article?

You'll love our roundtable.


By submitting this form, you are consenting to receive marketing emails from: Jewish Journal, 1880 Century Park East, Los Angeles, CA, 90067, https://www.jewishjournal.com. You can revoke your consent to receive emails at any time by using the SafeUnsubscribe® link, found at the bottom of every email. Emails are serviced by Constant Contact

Editor's Picks

Latest Articles

Culture

Latest Articles
Latest

A Bisl Torah – A Prayerful Challenge

At the heart of the Rosh Hashana service is the U-netaneh Tokef prayer. Famously known for the phrases: who will live and who will...

A Moment in Time: The Ten Days of Reflection

Dear all, The days between Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur are known as the Ten Days of Repentance (though I think of them more as...

Gangsterism in the Shmatte Business

When I first started reading "Button Man" by Andrew Gross, a historical novel loosely based on the life story of Gross’s grandfather, I couldn’t help but think of my own father.

Fasting Ain’t Fast – A poem for Yom Kippur

If I were to vote for the most poorly named Jewish ritual it would be fasting because, let’s face it, it ain’t. Empires rise and fall...

Florida Jewish Organizations Stepping Up to Help in Aftermath of Hurricane Ian

When Hurricane Ian hit Florida, Rabbi Sholom Schmerling of Chabad of Venice and North Port sprung into action. As the storm damaged his synagogue’s...

Hollywood

Podcasts

More news and opinions than at a Shabbat dinner, right in your inbox.

x
Copy link
Powered by Social Snap