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Alexandra (Alex) Shklar’s determination to advocate on behalf of world Jewry is born of her own life experiences. She spent her early childhood in Russia and made aliyah to Israel at the age of eight. Today, she serves as a Global Development Officer at the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC).
Alex joined JDC in 2009, serving as a Senior International Relations Associate. In this role, Alex was responsible for engaging JDC’s partners in its humanitarian work and community building activities around the world. She traveled frequently to the field and experienced JDC’s life-changing efforts first hand. In the course of one of her trips, she discovered that her own family members in Ukraine had been and still are receiving life-sustaining assistance from JDC.
Prior to joining JDC, Alex served as the Israel Program Director at the Jewish Community Federation of Louisville, Kentucky, where she was responsible for managing the community’s Israel-focused cultural and social programs. She also taught Modern Hebrew at the University of Louisville and founded the on-campus Hebrew Club.
An accomplished fencer, Alex won a scholarship to study at the Ohio State University, where she earned a B.A. in international relations and a Masters in Public Administration. Her graduate research focused on immigration policies, in particular with regard to refugee resettlement in the US.
Alex was the winner of the North American Fencing Cup in 2001 and a member of the gold-medal NCAA team in 2004. Alex, her husband, and their two children have recently relocated to New York.