Yehuda Yaakov is a 30-year veteran of Israel’s foreign service, carrying the rank of Ambassador.
He currently serves as Senior Director for Social Impact Policy, an initiative he established in September 2018 following his return from Boston where he served as head of mission to New England. Born into an immigrant family, Yaakov brings to his new position a life-long commitment to social issues that dates back to his childhood in a NYC housing project.
Yaakov is also a board member of the non-profit “Olim Beyahad,” which is dedicated to empowering professionals among Israelis of Ethiopian background.
While in Boston, he focused on strengthening bilateral ties in the economic, academic, community and cultural spheres. Previously, Yaakov founded the Counterterrorism and Homeland Security Unit of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and also ran the Media and Public Affairs Unit of the Consulate General of Israel in New York.
In 2012 he was part of the Foreign Ministry’s “Iran Team” which received the Director General’s Award for excellence in recognition of its unique contribution to Israel’s security.
Yaakov holds a master’s degree from Haifa University (in conjunction with the Israeli National Defense College). He received his bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University, where he majored in international relations and newswriting. Yaakov began his professional career as a reporter for the Associated Press.
Married since 1987, Yaakov and his wife Ofra are parents to Yifa, who received her master’s degree summa cum laude in the humanities from Tel Aviv University; and Ya’ara, who holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Technion.