by Haya Luftig
March 5, 2018
Named as one of the 2012 “Women to Watch” by Jewish Women’s International, Susan Stern has been unflinchingly dedicated to Jewish communities across the globe for much of her life. Her work has taken her to countries such as Ethiopia, Cuba, Argentina, Turkey, Russia, Poland, Uzbekistan, and Bulgaria.
In 2011, President Barack Obama nominated Susan to chair his Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships; her primary issue on the council was human trafficking. In 2013 she was named one of New York’s “New Abolitionists.”
She served as chair for the Board of Directors of UJA – Federation of New York and is the founding chair of the Time for Good initiative promoting service and volunteerism in the Jewish Community. Previously she served as General Campaign chair. She also serves on the Advisory Committee of Repair the World.
Susan is the immediate past Vice Chair of Jewish Federations of North America JFNA) and National Campaign Chair. She served as national chair and president of National Women’s Philanthropy of United Jewish Communities and was the creator of the International Lion of Judah Conference. As chair of the National Young Leadership Cabinet, she was asked to serve as an eyewitness to Operation Solomon, the Israeli rescue of 14,000 Ethiopian Jews in 23 hours. She was named a Wexner Heritage Fellow in 1993. She is the immediate past chair of the New York State Commission on the National and Community Service serving under two Governors. For the past two years she chaired Global Programs for the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee and is a member of the President’s Cabinet. She also serves on the President’s Advisory for Union of Reform Judaism.
She and her husband Jeffrey, have two sons, Michael (Janna) and Peter (Amanda) and three grandchildren, Zachary, Alexandra and Gabrielle.