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Ms. Ruth W. Messinger

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Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • honorary degrees
    Hebrew College
  • honorary degrees
    Hebrew Union College
  • honorary degrees
  • honorary degrees
  • MSW degree
    University of Oklahoma
  • BA
    Radcliffe College
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Web References
NCRP Board of Directors Bios - National Committee For Responsive Philanthropy, 8 Dec 2014 [cached]
Ruth W. Messinger is president of American Jewish World Service (AJWS), an international development organization that supports human rights for marginalized people around the world. Prior to joining AJWS, Ms. Messinger she served for 12 years on the New York City Council and eight as Manhattan borough president. She was the first woman to secure the Democratic Party's nomination for mayor in 1997. Ms. Messinger is continuing her lifelong pursuit of social justice at AJWS, helping people around the world improve the quality of their lives and their communities.
In recognition of her work, Ruth has been named one of the Forward's "50 most influential Jews of the year" for 10 years and was included in the Jerusalem Post's list of the "World's Most Influential Jews of 2011."
Ms. Messinger lectures widely on diverse social and global justice issues, and has served as a visiting professor at Hunter College and Hebrew Union College. She is an active member of her congregation, the Society for the Advancement of Judaism, and serves on the boards of CIFA (Center for Interfaith Action on Global Poverty), Hazon, the Jewish Foundation for Education of Women (emeritus), United to End Genocide, Interaction and Surprise Lake Camp. She is a member of the Leadership Council of Repair the World, and the Executive Committee of the Jewish Social Justice Roundtable.
Former Manhattan Borough ..., 4 Nov 2014 [cached]
Former Manhattan Borough President Ruth Messinger
Our Staff and Board of Directors - National Committee For Responsive Philanthropy, 8 Dec 2014 [cached]
Ruth W. Messinger, American Jewish World Service
NCRP Announces New Board Leadership, Five New Board Members - National Committee For Responsive Philanthropy, 8 Dec 2014 [cached]
Additionally, Taj James, founder and executive director of Movement Strategy Center; Pramila Jayapal, Distinguished Taconic Fellow at Center for Community Change; Daniel J. Lee, executive director of Levi Strauss Foundation; Mary Lassen, managing director of Center for Community Change; and Ruth Messinger, president of American Jewish World Service join NCRP's dynamic board.
"We are also extremely lucky to have Pramila, Mary, Ruth, Daniel and Taj on board.
Ruth W. Messinger, American Jewish World Service
NCRP welcomes new board members - National Committee For Responsive Philanthropy, 8 Dec 2014 [cached]
Ruth W. Messinger, American Jewish World Service
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