June 15, 2018 — New York
AJC has appointed Avi Mayer as its new Assistant Executive Director and Managing Director of Global Communications. The announcement was made during the AJC Global Forum, the global Jewish advocacy organization’s signature annual event, which took place June 10-13, in Jerusalem.
“In a very short time, Avi Mayer has become one of the most influential voices in the Jewish world. He has also been a close friend to AJC and an important leader in ACCESS, our young lay leadership program,” said Daniel Elbaum, AJC Senior Associate Executive Director. “We are delighted to have him join AJC as the first Israeli member of our senior management team.”
Mayer comes to AJC after serving as The Jewish Agency for Israel's spokesman to the international media, during which time he also served as a personal spokesman for Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky. A graduate of the University of Maryland, he has worked for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs; the Embassy of Israel in Washington, D.C.; Hillel International; and the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). He also served in the Israel Defense Forces as a military spokesman to the foreign press. In 2016, JTA ranked him as the third most influential person on “Jewish Twitter,” directly after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
“Joining AJC feels like coming home." said Mayer. “Having been involved in the organization in a lay capacity for several years, I have come to admire AJC's approach to advocacy and bridge-building on behalf of the Jewish people, Israel, and people facing oppression and discrimination around the world. The AJC team is second to none, and I’m honored and excited to join their ranks.”
AJC, founded in 1906, maintains headquarters in New York, 22 Regional Offices across the U.S., 11 international posts in Asia, Europe, Israel, and South America, as well as 35 partnership agreements with Jewish communities around the globe.