Director, AJC Westchester/Fairfield
Scott Richman is an attorney, who has been working in the Jewish community for nearly 18 years. Currently, he serves as the Director of the Westchester/Fairfield Regional Office of American Jewish Committee (AJC), where he empowers Jewish leaders in Westchester and Fairfield Counties to carry out the mission of AJC. The activities of the region focus on building bridges, advancing security, promoting human rights, supporting Israel, and strengthening Jewish life. Consistent with AJC's national agenda, the aim is to create a secure Jewish future in a more just world, believing that each pursuit depends upon the other. More than 2,000 members across the across the region support this important work.
Prior to assuming this position, Scott served as the first Executive Director of Dor Chadash, an organization that has created a vibrant Jewish community of more than 12,000 young professionals in New York based on a shared connected to Israel and shared experiences through the organization’s programming and volunteer opportunities. Its target demographic is Israeli and American Jews, ages 22-45, living in New York. While working in this position, he completed an Executive certificate program at Columbia University’s Business School in Non-Profit Management.
He came to Dor Chadash after having worked at the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) for almost 10 years. As a Director there, he focused on JDC's program in the former Soviet Union (FSU). In this capacity, he was involved with the incredible rebirth of Jewish life in the FSU since the fall of Communism, as well as the extraordinary humanitarian effort on behalf of hundreds of thousands of the poorest Jews in the world today. His duties included frequent travel to Jewish communities around the globe, mainly to the countries of the FSU and Israel.
Scott had been a practicing attorney in a New York City law firm, specializing in International Law, before devoting himself to Jewish communal work. He also worked at Merrill Lynch as an Investment Banker for several years in the Public Finance Division. He received his law degree from Brooklyn Law School and his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School. In addition to English, Scott speaks Hebrew fluently, as well as some Russian, Spanish and Yiddish. He lives in Hawthorne, New York, with his wife and two teen-age children.