Dina Siegel Vann
Dina Siegel Vann, a native of Mexico City, is the Director of AJC's Arthur and Rochelle Belfer Institute for Latino and Latin American Affairs in Washington, D.C. Ms. Siegel Vann previously served as UN and Latin American Affairs Director for B’nai B’rith International. She participated as a delegate to the World Conference against Racism in Durban, South Africa and to two sessions of the former UN Commission on Human Rights in Geneva. Before immigrating to the U.S. in 1997, she served as Political Affairs Director for the Mexican Jewish Community.
In her AJC role, she has traveled widely and developed a network of political contacts. She organized the first Latino-Jewish Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C. in 2001 and the National Conversation on the State of Latino-Jewish Relations in 2013. In 2011, the Congressional Latino-Jewish Caucus was founded largely due to her efforts. A regular contributor to the Spanish daily El Pais, Siegel Vann received the Civil Rights Award from the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism in 2014. She has received numerous awards for her inter-group and civil rights work. In March, 2016, King Felipe VI of Spain awarded her the Order of the Civil Merit for her role in supporting his country’s efforts to re-engage Sephardic Jews and for helping connect the different layers of the Hispanic universe. In September 2016, the Mexican government bestowed one of its highest honors, the prestigious National Ohtli Award which recognizes Mexican, Mexican-American, or Latino leaders whose efforts have contributed significantly to the empowerment of Mexican communities abroad.
Siegel Vann graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BA in English Literature from Tel Aviv University, and holds an MA in Public Relations from the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.