NEW YORK, January 3, 2024 — The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), the leading Jewish humanitarian aid organization, today announced Annie Sandler — a noted Jewish, civic, and global philanthropic leader— as its new president, following a unanimous vote by the Board of Directors last month. Sandler has served on JDC’s Board of Directors since 2012, most recently as a vice president. Her involvement in Jewish life and global humanitarian relief efforts is informed by extensive global travel and her flagship work revitalizing Jewish life in Romania and bolstering and innovating Israel’s social service sector over 20-plus years.

“I am honored to be trusted to lead this incredible organization during this tumultuous time in the world—a time when it is needed more than ever! I have watched JDC tirelessly serve communities in distress across the globe, from Ukraine to Israel, and it has only reinforced my passion for its timeless work on behalf of the Jewish people,” said new JDC President Annie Sandler. “I am excited to continue working closely with the JDC’s professional leadership and my board colleagues to further the organization’s exceptional work in creating a Jewish future that is strong and resilient for our children, grandchildren, and all who follow in our footsteps.”

A passionate champion of the Jewish people and Israel, Sandler begins her tenure as JDC’s president after decades of senior volunteer leadership positions at local, national, and international agencies. Among these are organizations in her home community of Virginia Beach, Virginia, including the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater, the Hebrew Academy of Tidewater, the Simon Family JCC, and as a founding member of the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts. Sandler was a recipient of the Virginia Beach Education Association’s “Whole Village Award” and named one of the “Influential Women of Virginia.” She is also the proud mother of four children and grandchildren.

Sandler serves on the Board of the Network of Jewish Human Service Agencies, the Commonwealth of Virginia Commission to Combat Antisemitism, and is a Fellow of the Hadassah-Brandeis Institute, where she was a founder and President. She has been deeply involved with the Jewish Federation system over the years, especially in roles with JFNA’s National Women’s Philanthropy, as a Lion of Judah, and one of the first recipients of the Kipnis-Wilson Friedland Award. Sandler previously served on the Board of the New York City Ballet Choreography Institute and was a founder of Project Healthy Minds.

“We are fortunate to have someone as passionate as Annie to take the role of JDC President. Her love of our global work, her leadership in so many roles over the years, her time in the field—all are truly extraordinary!” said JDC CEO Ariel Zwang. “I am confident she will serve as a strong leader as all of us work together to navigate multiple international humanitarian crises impacting the Jewish people, Israel, and the global rise in antisemitism.”