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Ms. Ruth W. Messinger

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Employment History


  • 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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NCRP Board of Directors Bios - National Committee For Responsive Philanthropy, 6 Mar 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.
AI-JEN POONational Domestic Workers Alliance Ai-jen has been organizing immigrant women workers in New York since 1996, where she started as the Women Workers Project organizer at CAAAV Organizing Asian Communities. In 2000 she helped start Domestic Workers United, an organization of nannies, housekeepers and elderly caregivers in New York organizing for power, respect, fair labor standards and to help build the social justice movement. DWU led the campaign to pass the Domestic Workers Bill of Rights in NY and helped to organize the first national meeting of domestic workers organizations at the US Social Forum in 2007, which resulted in the formation of the National Domestic Workers Alliance. In April 2010, she became Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance.
She is a recipient of the Alston Bannerman Fellowship for Organizers of Color, the Twink Frey Visiting Scholar Fellowship at University of Michigan Center for the Education of Women, and the Prime Movers Fellowship. In 2010, Feminist Press recognized her in their "40 Under 40" awards.
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Ruth W. Messinger Former Manhattan Borough President
NCRP Announces New Board Leadership, Five New Board Members - National Committee For Responsive Philanthropy, 6 Mar 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
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Ruth Messinger
Ruth Messinger Global Justice and Service Learning: 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.
Ruth Messinger, the ..., 21 Feb 2014 [cached]
Ruth Messinger, the president of AJWS, cited Nigeria's new laws targeting the LGBT community, and the Ugandan governments blocking of political demonstrations, banning the wearing of revealing clothing as well as its anti-LGBT policies. "We must send the message to both governments that these actions have consequences," she said.
"As Jews, we know all too well that the stripping away of human rights from specific groups of individuals is often a precursor to targeted destruction," she said in the statement. "We cannot continue to conduct business as usual while people lose their freedoms just because of who they are and whom they love. We must act now to put an end to this injustice."
AJWS provides development assistance in Africa and other parts of the world.
Tags: Breaking News, American Jewish World Service, Ruth Messinger, Uganda, Nigeria, LGBT
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