New York, New York – The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) announced today that Rachel Lubert, JDC’s current Assistant General Counsel, has been appointed to serve as the global Jewish humanitarian organization’s next General Counsel, effective January 1, 2022. Lubert, whose tenure has been marked by significant leadership and increasing responsibility over JDC’s international legal affairs, will be replacing Guy Billauer who is leaving JDC at the end of December after a decade of distinguished service.
“I’m very proud to appoint Rachel to this pivotal role and take great pride in the fact that we could draw from our own legal team to do so. Rachel’s many talents, invaluable counsel, and peerless navigation of critically important and complex issues makes her incredibly well suited to take the reigns as our next General Counsel. Her expertise and commitment to strengthening JDC, and its ability to carry out its mission in 70 countries around the world, is appreciated by all who work with her,” said JDC CEO Ariel Zwang.
During her time at JDC, Lubert worked closely with JDC’s General Counsel and leveraged her knowledge and experience to expand her portfolio of responsibilities. She has led JDC’s legal efforts related to Board governance, employment law, intellectual property, and its compliance with GDPR. She has also played a key role in crafting policies reflecting best organizational practices, including JDC’s COVID-19 protocols, and has held a special focus on JDC’s U.S. and European operations.
“I am honored to take on this important role, focused on supporting JDC’s timeless mission, its global operations, and my dedicated colleagues around the world. I am grateful for the organization’s confidence, Ariel’s vision for the future, and Guy Billauer’s leadership in building a legal team poised to carry out its role with success,” said Lubert.
Lubert joined JDC in 2014 after eight years in the litigation practice at Kasowitz Benson Torres LLP and served for a year as a clerk to the Grievance Committee ofU.S. District Court for the Southern District of New Yorkunder the Hon. Jed S. Rakoff. Among Lubert’s pro-bono efforts empowering vulnerable populations, she has assisted New Women New Yorkers, a nonprofit focusing on workforce development among immigrant women.