Speaker - Ruth Messinger

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Ruth W. Messinger is president of American Jewish World Service (AJWS), a faith-based international human rights organization that works to alleviate poverty, hunger and disease in the developing world.

Messinger assumed this role in 1998 following a 20-year career in public service in New York City, where she served for 12 years on the New York City Council and 8 as Manhattan borough president. She was the first woman to secure the Democratic Party's nomination for mayor in 1997. Considered a national leader in the movement to end the genocide in Sudan, Messinger was among leading anti-genocide, peace and human rights advocates called upon to advise President Obama and the special envoy for Sudan, in March 2009. In recognition of her leadership, she was recently appointed to the Obama administration's newly formed Task Force on Global Poverty and Development.

Messinger has received honorary degrees and awards from The Jewish Theological Seminary, Hebrew Union College, Hebrew College and Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, and awards for her service from the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, the Women's Funding Network, Union for Reform Judaism and the American Jewish Committee. For seven consecutive years, she was among the Forward's 50 most influential Jews of the year.

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The Forward 50: Today's Most Influential American Jews

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