(New York, NY -- May 09, 2005) -- Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America, is pleased to announce the appointment of Morlie Hammer Levin as National Executive Director, effective at the beginning of September. Levin comes to Hadassah from a rich background in Jewish communal work, management consulting, and policy studies. Her most recent position was Vice President, Strategic Donor Initiatives at the Jewish Federation in Los Angeles, CA.
June Walker, National President of Hadassah, welcomed Levin by saying: "Morlie Levin brings to Hadassah an exceptionally strong grounding in non-profit and corporate business practices. We look forward to working with her in all aspects of our general operations and especially in integrating her strategic planning skills into the deliberations of our very talented cadre of Hadassah leadership."
Levin has held several positions in the Jewish community of Los Angeles since joining the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles in 1998 and serving as Manager of Operations and Projects. In 2000, she joined the Los Angeles Jewish Federation, as Senior Associate Director of Planning and Allocations and Director of the Council of Jewish Life. In 2003, she advanced to the position of Vice President for Strategic Planning.
"In a sense, I feel as if my entire career has been preparation for this moment," she said, upon accepting the position at Hadassah. "I'm honored to be linked to the passions of those who brought Hadassah's dream to life and am excited to join with those whose work every day keeps the dream alive and vibrant."
Levin began her professional career at the Rand Corporation, where she stayed for 21 years, first serving as a policy analyst, then as Deputy for Operations of a major division, and finally as a senior policy analyst. During her time there, she was involved in a broad range of studies spanning both domestic and international policy issues. In 1991, she started her own consulting firm, providing strategic support for Fortune 500 companies grappling with global expansion, changing customer expectations, and data overload.
In 1991, she visited Israel for the first time and the impact of that experience led to her active involvement in the Jewish community. She has since visited Israel multiple times, including a memorable donor mission in support of birthright israel. While at the Los Angeles Jewish Federation, she launched one of the first Jewish Venture Philanthropy Funds in the country, whose work has been nationally recognized as a high-impact vehicle for young donors who seek new ways to engage philanthropically in the Jewish community.
In 2003, she was selected as a Wexner Heritage Fellow, a two-year study and leadership program. She is currently on the Advisory Board of The Conversation 2005, an innovative project of the New York Jewish Week that will bring together 75 American Jewish leaders for an extended conversation about the future of Jewish life in this country and what it means to be Jewish in the 21st century.
A native of Los Angeles, Levin holds a MA in public policy from Claremont Graduate University and a BA from the University of California at Los Angeles. Levin and her husband, Norman, have two daughters.