Oksana was born and raised in Kharkov and has dedicated the last 15 years of her life to revitalizing the Jewish community, and improving the quality of life for the most needy in the region.
As a young social worker in Kharkov's Hesed Shaare Tikva, Oksana witnessed firsthand the plight of the elderly in Ukraine. In 2003, Oksana was recruited by the Kharkov JDC office, serving first as personal assistant to the director, and later as public relations and missions manager. In this role, Oksana cultivated donor relations, and launched local fundraising activities.
A dedicated volunteer and professional in the Jewish community since 1998, Oksana became the first locally-born JDC Representative in the former Soviet Union in 2008. In May 2013, Oksana was appointed JDC's Ukraine external relations director. Today, she is responsible for fostering partnerships with local and international governmental agencies and NGOs, and developing fundraising initiatives in the country.
Oksana holds a master’s in foreign languages from the National Pedagogic University. She is a graduate of the Ford Motor Company international fellowship for emerging community leaders. She recently moved to Jerusalem and lives with her husband and son.
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