Alan H. Gill

CEO, American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee

A 20-year veteran of JDC, Gill currently serves as the organization’s CEO. Previously, he was JDC’s executive director of international relations. In this role, he created and built a global operation to support the organization’s humanitarian mission in more than 70 countries and Israel.

Gill also played a leadership role in launching many of JDC’s landmark programs including Ashalim, a unique public and private/non-profit partnership to address the needs of Israel’s children at risk; The Hunger Relief Campaign for impoverished elderly Jews in post-Soviet countries and the development of community centers for the renewal of Jewish life in those communities; and PACT – Parents and Children Together – an internationally recognized program for the education and cultural integration of Ethiopian-Israeli preschool children and their parents. Gill also served as a special advisor to the organization’s Former Soviet Union operations and was a member of JDC’s emergency relief team during the 2008 Russia-Georgia war, providing urgently needed assistance to elderly Jews trapped behind the Russian lines.

Before moving to Israel in 1993, Gill served as the CEO of the Jewish Federation of Columbus, Ohio. His chief accomplishments included significantly expanding community services through establishing satellite operations in emerging Jewish areas; establishing group homes for Jewish adults with special needs (among the first in the United States); establishing a comprehensive resettlement program for Jewish émigrés from the Soviet Union; nearly doubling the federation’s annual campaign during his tenure; and developing a statewide Hillel funding consortium for Jewish university students in Ohio. He also served as founder of The Ohio State University’s graduate training program for Jewish Communal Service, and was a part-time professor at Ohio State’s College of Social Work.

Gill and his wife, Rhona have three adult children, all living in Israel.

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