Jane Ramsey, newly named president of JCUA.
Judy Levey, newly named chief executive officer of JCUA.
CHICAGO, Feb. 1, 2012 – The Jewish Council on Urban Affairs announced today that Jane Ramsey has been named to the new position of president, topping more than three decades as a leader in the Jewish social justice movement. Judy Levey, JCUA’s director of programs, will assume the position of chief executive officer.
Ramsey has led JCUA since 1979, except for a period in the 1980s when she served in the administration of Chicago Mayor Harold Washington.
“Jane’s tireless advocacy on behalf of people and communities facing racial, economic, and religious discrimination has had a significant impact in Chicago, the region and the nation,” said Rabbi Bruce Elder, chair of the JCUA board of directors.
From her platform and leadership as president, Ramsey will continue to concentrate upon and guide JCUA’s big issues that impact impoverished communities, minorities and victims of discrimination. As chief executive of the organization, Levey will lead and manage JCUA.
Levey’s experience directing nonprofit and government programs includes serving as executive director of the Homeless and Housing Coalition of Kentucky. She holds a master’s degree in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Levey also serves on the executive board of Beth Hillel Congregation Bnai Emunah in Wilmette.
“This is an ideal time to move our mission forward and reaffirm our fundamental values. Building on our rich history and Jewish prophetic principles, I am committed to the reinvigoration of a new generation of activists to champion social justice,” said Levey.
“With the backdrop of our nation in economic crisis and our city reeling from the consequences including a record high level of housing foreclosures and an escalation of violence particularly hard hitting our youth, JCUA seeks to grow its capacity to tackle those issues deeply impacting Chicago’s most distressed and disenfranchised communities. At our core, JCUA is about justice, compassion, and ensuring healthy communities for all,” said Ramsey.
More information at the JCUA staff page.