Ruth W. Messinger

Ruth W. Messinger is president of American Jewish World Service (AJWS), an international development organization providing support to more than 400 grassroots social change projects throughout the world. Ms. Messinger assumed this role in 1998 following a 20-year career in public service in New York City. She is an active member of her synagogue and serves on the boards of several not-for-profit organizations. In honor of her tireless work to end the genocide in Darfur, Sudan, Ms. Messinger received an award from the Jewish Council for Public Affairs in 2006. She was awarded honorary degrees from Hebrew Union College, Hebrew College, and Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, and awards for her service from the Women’s Funding Network and the American Jewish Committee. For seven consecutive years, she was among the Forward’s “50 most influential Jews of the year.” Ms. Messinger has three children, eight grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.