Welcoming Sheila Katz
Message from Beatrice Kahn, NCJW President:
It is my distinct pleasure to announce that Sheila Katz will be joining NCJW this summer as our new Chief Executive Officer to lead our organization into the future and build on our 125-year legacy of turning progressive ideals into action. Sheila will come to NCJW after 12 years with Hillel International, where she was named the youngest-ever vice president in the organization’s history.
Now more than ever, in today’s polarized political climate, we need a feminist movement rooted in Jewish values that will improve the quality of life for women, children, and families. Through her deep experience giving a voice to young activists and developing innovative approaches to critical problems in the Jewish community, Sheila has her finger on the pulse of today’s women’s movement and will work with us to move our advocacy work forward in Washington, D.C. and across the country.
With her proven track record of community organizing, digital engagement, and coalition-building, Sheila will work alongside NCJW’s 90,000 members and supporters nationwide to advance its signature advocacy initiatives ensuring a fair and independent judiciary, reproductive freedom, civic engagement, and empowering women across Israel.
During her tenure at Hillel, Sheila launched MitzVote, a non-partisan voter engagement campaign, co-founded “Ask Big Questions,” a national initiative focused on building civil dialogue, and served as a steering committee member for the White House Campus Interfaith Challenge during the Obama Administration.
She also currently sits on the executive committee for the Safety Respect Equity Coalition, which is working to address sexual harassment and gender discrimination in Jewish workplaces and common spaces. She has dedicated countless hours helping to empower sexual assault survivors, including as a rape crisis counselor, serving on the board of the Jewish Coalition Against Domestic Abuse, and working closely with Vice President Biden’s “It’s On Us” initiative focused on bystander intervention.
Sheila will succeed Nancy Kaufman, who came to NCJW in 2011 as the organization’s very first CEO. Nancy fought tirelessly to advance social and economic justice for marginalized communities and has boldly led us during some of the country’s most challenging times for women. We look forward to honoring Nancy, and celebrating NCJW’s 125 years of making change happen, at our Washington Institute next week.