Messinger is the President of American
Jewish World Service, an international development agency. Previously
Ruth was active in local politics in New York for two decades, serving
as a Council Member and as Manhattan Borough President. She was
the Democratic Party candidate for Mayor of New York City in 1997.
areas of expertise include: democracy and civic participation, urban
policy and politics, social welfare, education, employment and tax
policy. She is a social worker by professional training, and has
taught in several MSW programs and is one of the leading advocates
and effective spokespersons for the growing role of social workers
Ms. Messinger directs provides humanitarian aid, technical assistance
and skilled volunteers to local grassroots groups in Asia, Africa,
the Middle East, Latin America, Russia, and the Ukraine in projects
involving health, education, agriculture, micro enterprise, economic
development, human rights and civil society.
has taught Policy and Politics at Queens and Hunter Colleges and
is active in the fight to protect and improve the future of higher
education in New York.
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