Welcome Avigail Ziv, new Executive Director for the IRC in New York/New Jersey
Dear Friends of the IRC in New York and New Jersey,
I am delighted to write to you as the newest member of the IRC New York and New Jersey offices. I am honored to join a team of passionate and inspired staff, and as a native of New Jersey and long time New Yorker, I am grateful for the opportunity to represent and lead IRC’s programming in the New York metropolitan area.
The IRC in New York and New Jersey has a long history of not only providing resettlement services to refugees and asylees, but also programs to support youth and adult education, health and wellbeing, immigration, and economic empowerment. As we look ahead, I am eager to continue building on these services and identifying new and innovative programs that we can offer. We aim to base this growth on measurement and evaluation, learning how to improve on the success of our programming, while also ensuring that we grow them to best reach and sustainably impact our clients.
The New York metropolitan area is one of the most diverse in the country, and I look forward to deepening the relationship we have with the communities where our clients settle. IRC’s New Roots program in the Bronx is a wonderful example of the potential for such engagement, where newly arrived refugees work side-by-side with local community members to plant, grow and improve their access to healthy food options.
As we look to deepen our involvement in the communities where our clients live and work, we want to also build more partnerships with local organizations and businesses. These partnerships provide excellent opportunities to expand services to our clients and foster mutual learning as businesses discover more about the IRC, our work and the potential for their involvement in our programs.
I am looking forward to the year ahead and working closely with the IRC New York and New Jersey teams to meet the needs of refugees and asylees that arrive to this area.