Meet Interim CEO Asher Ostrin
Asher Ostrin has more than three decades of senior leadership experience at JDC, the leading global Jewish humanitarian organization. A key advisor to JDC operations in Europe, Asia, and North Africa, he helped design and led JDC’s transformative work reviving Jewish life and aiding needy Jews in the former Soviet Union (FSU) for more than 20 years. He previously served as the organization’s senior executive for international affairs.
Ostrin has represented JDC on a global stage with a wide range of funders, partner organizations, governments, and important stakeholders. This includes leading a joint process for the Jewish Federations of North America to map JDC and Jewish Agency synergies in Israel and the FSU; assisting in issues of Jewish property restitution; and liaising with key operational partners.
Among other notable accomplishments during his tenure, Ostrin supervised the rescue of Jews facing war and conflict in Georgia and Ukraine; assisted tens of thousands of Jewish refugees in Austria as they fled Iran, the Soviet Union, and other eastern bloc countries in the late 1980’s and currently manages JDC’s global communal loan fund, which empowers Jewish communities to innovate through no-interest financing for strategic initiatives and property renovation.
Ostrin lectures widely on JDC’s pivotal role in shaping 20th- and 21st-century Jewish history and is a recognized expert in the post-Soviet Jewish experience.