January 2, 2018
Melanie Roth Gorelick, Senior Vice President of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA), joined the organization in May 2016. Melanie’s portfolio includes overseeing the JCPA programming and conferences, domestic and international policy, communications, leadership, and grassroots organizing work of the JCPA and DC engagement and outreach. She also organizes the JCPA Leadership Mission to Israel.
Prior to coming on board she was the Director of the Community Relations Committee of Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ (CRC) where she was on staff from 2006 – 2016 and Interim Chief Marketing Officer for seven months at the Federation and interim allocations officer for one year.
During her tenure with the CRC, Melanie was responsible for directing the government affairs and public policy, Israel advocacy, and social justice work of the Federation. In addition to her many responsibilities, Melanie’s successes include: launched a NJ Coalition Against Human Trafficking, implemented a successful Step Up For Israel advocacy and education program featured as a JFNA Fedovation project, organized a statewide Stop Iran Now Campaign in New Jersey, convened NJ Coalition Responds to the Crisis in Darfur, and ran a three year Jewish Women in Politics program in New Jersey. Melanie also represented the Jewish community to county, State and Congressional elected officials.
Melanie has received the Essex County Stars Award in 2012 from Essex County Celebrates Jewish Heritage Month, JCPA Program Excellence Award, 2014, Outstanding Human Rights Community Activist 2014 from the Human Rights Institute at Kean University, and JFNA Government Affairs Professional of the Year award in 2015 and the 2018 Founder Liberator Award from the NJ Coalition Against Human Trafficking.
Her prior experience includes working as the Communications and Advocacy Manager at the UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), Associate in the Program and Policy Department of the American Association of University Women (AAUW), and Program Assistant at the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service.
Melanie Roth Gorelick lives in New York City. She has two daughters Shira and Shoshana Gorelick. Melanie has a BA from Hobart and William Smith where she graduated in 1986 with Honors with a major in Political Science and minor in Sociology.