American Jewish World Service
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.