June 13, 2012 – New York – Patty Friedman Marcus has been appointed Director of AJC’s Asia Pacific Institute.
“We are delighted to have Patty on the AJC global team,’ said Jason Isaacson, director of AJC’s Office of Government and International Affairs. “Her extensive experience, living and working in Asia, will help boost the Asia Pacific Institute as it continues to expand AJC’S outreach in this vital region.”
Marcus comes to AJC after working more than 20 years in international affairs, with a focus on Asia. She worked extensively for the U.S. Agency for International Development, Department of State, NGOs and contractors funded by USAID on international democracy development, rule of law, human rights, counter-terrorism, transparency and civil society strengthening initiatives. In addition to Asia, Marcus worked in Iraq, Kurdistan and Africa.
She served as Country Program Manager with USAID in Indonesia and East Timor. In those countries she developed and funded projects and maintained relationships with government leaders, politically influential parties, media, academia, think tanks and civic and religious organizations.
Before her work with USAID in Asia, Marcus lived in Indonesia and traveled throughout Asia for several years running her own business.
Previously, as a Senior Associate with Podesta Associates, she ran nationwide campaigns successfully advocating change on controversial issues.
Marcus received a J.D. from the Columbus School of Law at Catholic University, B.A. from American University, and a Certificate in International Law and Strategic Analysis from Tel Aviv University’s Jaffe Center.
“AJC blends international affairs and Jewish concerns to advance global connections and strives to make the world a better place,” said Marcus. “I’m thrilled to be part of this dynamic organization and look forward to deepening and expanding AJC’s relationships across Asia.”
Founded in 1989, API was the first of its kind in the American Jewish community. In the past year, AJC President Robert Elman and other senior leaders traveled with API to China, Japan and South Korea. API is one of four international regional institutes of AJC, including its Africa Institute, Latino and Latin American Affairs Institute and Transatlantic Institute. API is chaired by AJC National Board member Gary Jacobs.