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Dr. Will Recant

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AEVP, International Development P...

Phone: (202) ***-****  
Email: w***@***.org
Local Address:  New York , New York , United States
3200 County Road 630 West
Fort Meade , Florida 33841
United States

Company Description: The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) gives global expression to the principle that all Jews are responsible for one another. On behalf of the...   more

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • B.A.
    University of Louisville
  • M.A. degrees
    University of Louisville
  • PhD , political science
    The George Washington University
  • doctorate
    George Washington University
  • master , political science
    The George Washington University
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Will Recant
Government Affairs/Disaster Relief Expert/Assistant Executive Vice President, JDC See More
Dr. William Recant, Assistant Executive Vice President of International Development Programs, JDC
Will Recant is the assistant executive vice president of JDC's International Development Program. Among his responsibilities is the development and coordination of projects relating to the rescue, relief and renewal of Jewish communities worldwide.
Before joining JDC, Will served as executive director of the American Association for Ethiopian Jews, where he established the Congressional Caucus for Ethiopian Jews and advocated on behalf of the Ethiopian Jewry movement. The end result of his efforts was Operation Solomon, one of the largest resettlement operations of the 20th century.
Once the airlift of Ethiopian Jews to Israel was complete, AAEJ closed its doors, and Will was the natural choice to represent JDC in Washington, D.C. During his tenure there, Cuba's government began the process of revising its constitution, paving the way for JDC to secure a license to initiate community development and renewal within the country's Jewish communities.
Will holds both a master's and PhD in political science from George Washington University focused on Soviet Jewish emigrants.
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Will Recant
Government Affairs/Disaster Relief Expert/Assistant Executive Vice President, JDC
Will Recant
Government Affairs/Disaster Relief Expert/Assistant Executive Vice President, JDC
The New York - Jerusalem Experts Exchange » Tikkun Olam [cached]
Dr. William Recant, Assistant Executive Vice-President, Joint Distribution Committee: The Response to the May 2008 Cyclone in Myanmar/Burma
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Will Recant
Will serves as the senior staff person regarding all of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC)'s non-sectarian disaster relief programs. In this capacity, he coordinates projects relating to the Rescue, Relief, and Renewal of Jewish communities worldwide and develops non-sectarian programs.
Will is also the Desk Director for Latin America and Europe Community Development at JDC headquarters in New York, a capacity in which he visited Cuba over 30 times. While serving as the Washington representative for JDC he helped secure JDC's license to work in Cuba, and he helped establish JDC's programs of community development and Jewish renewal.
Will has worked with U.S. Government agencies and Congressional members to brief them on issues specific to rescue and relief, and with Private Voluntary Organizations (PVOs) in program coordination, partnership development and cooperation. He has also acted as an intermediary to embassies and officials of countries in which JDC is active and has traveled overseas to coordinate and evaluate existing and potential JDC programs in Cuba, China, Somalia, Kenya, Kosovo, Ethiopia, Sudan, Israel, Turkey, the Gaza Strip, Egypt, Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, and Eastern Europe.
Before joining JDC, Will was the Executive Director of the American Association for Ethiopian Jews in Washington, DC, and in that capacity he briefed President George Bush on the condition of Ethiopian Jews in Israel and those remaining in Ethiopia; he worked closely with the Special Israeli Envoy as liaison to the U.S. Government in the planning and implementation of Operation Solomon; he established the Congressional Caucus for Ethiopian Jews; advised State Department officials and members of Congress on Ethiopian Jewry, and spoke to groups nationwide on the plight of the Ethiopian community.
Will has a master's degree and Ph.D. in Political Science.
"There's a direct correlation between the ... [cached]
"There's a direct correlation between the media exposure the Syrian conflict is getting and the ability to raise funds," said Will Recant, JDC's assistant executive vice president. He said the money already raised - half a million dollars before, and another $120,000 for expanding the program - can make a difference: "It's significant, because it helped thousands of Syrians see Israelis and Jews helping them at their time of need."
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