NCJW Announces Appointment of Nancy K. Kaufman as New Chief Executive Officer

September 29, 2010, New York, NY — The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) today announced the appointment of Nancy K. Kaufman to be its new chief executive officer. Ms. Kaufman brings a passionate commitment to the vision of NCJW; an accomplished career in government, nonprofit, and Jewish communal service; and the skills and abilities NCJW needs to build on more than a century of achievement in the struggle for social justice.

“I am exceedingly privileged and excited to welcome Nancy K. Kaufman as NCJW’s new chief executive officer,” said NCJW President Nancy Ratzan. “Nancy is a dynamic, bold, and visionary leader, who is devoted to NCJW’s commitment to deliver the voices and actions of progressive Jewish women as a powerful force for social change. I am confident she will build on NCJW’s successful base and guide it to even greater heights.”

 “NCJW is poised to expand its impact exponentially,” said Kaufman. “I am honored to join in helping the organization claim its ‘chair at the table’ and to partner with members, volunteer leadership, and staff toward this end. Working with NCJW offers me the opportunity of a lifetime to merge my lifelong dedication to the universal pursuit of social justice with my commitment to Tikkun Olam — repair of the world — from a particularly Jewish perspective.

Kaufman has been the executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of Boston since 1990, where she coordinated the international, Israel, and domestic agenda of 42 Jewish organizations in the greater Boston area, overseeing a $3.5 million budget. Prior to her service with JCRC she held a variety of positions related to the provision of social services in state and local government and in the nonprofit sector, including eight years working for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services and Deputy Commissioner of the Welfare Department. She will join NCJW in January 2011.

Kaufman is a graduate of Brandeis University and received an MSW in community organization and social planning from the Boston College School of Social Work, as well as a mid-career masters in public administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She received an honorary doctorate in public service from Northeastern University in 2001. Among other honors, she received the Woman of Valor Award in 2007 from Jewish Funds For Justice.

The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) is a grassroots organization of volunteers and advocates who turn progressive ideals into action. Inspired by Jewish values, NCJW strives for social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children, and families and by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms.

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