[Sayma-Discuss] FW: Announcing Joyce Ailouny as next AFSC general secretary

Free Polazzo freepolazzo at gmail.com
Thu Feb 2 22:31:19 EST 2017

Hi SAYMA Friends, 


The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) has announced the appointment
of Joyce Ailouny as the next General Secretary.  


As a past member of the AFSC SERO Regional Middle East Program and as a
current member of Jewish Voice for Peace, I am well informed about the
ongoing struggle for peace with justice between the Palestinians and the
Israelis as well as the role the USA government and citizens and religious
groups play in preventing that to happen.   Her selection sends a strong
message about the role AFSC wishes to play in the coming years. 


Please hold Joyce Ailouny and AFSC in the Light as the world enters a very
dangerous political climate.   We need to also hold each other in the Light
as we each work, as way opens, to showing our varied communities the way to
peace and justice.      


-- Free Polazzo

SAYMA Repreresntatve to the AFSC Corporation.


"No one can be free unless everyone can be free"


From: Judy Pluciennik [mailto:JPluciennik at afsc.org] On Behalf Of Phil Lord
Sent: Thursday, February 02, 2017 12:10 PM
To: Phil Lord
Subject: Announcing Joyce Ajlouny as next AFSC general secretary
Importance: High


Dear friends serving on AFSC's Board, Corporation, and committees,


I am pleased to announce that the Board has appointed Joyce Ajlouny to serve
as the next General Secretary of the American Friends Service Committee.
She will begin her appointment on September 1, 2017. In the interim period,
Shan has agreed to extend her time at AFSC to ensure a smooth transition. I
am grateful for Shan's flexibility and service.


I am also very grateful to the search committee for their committed service
and would like to thank everyone who took part in an interview and shared
their feedback. Both the search committee and the Board took your input
seriously and considered it deeply before making a decision.   


I would like to share a few words to help introduce Joyce to those who
haven't had a chance to meet her yet.    


Joyce brings a wealth of experience to the role, including being a school
director of Ramallah Friends School for more than 12 years, serving as a
country director for Palestinian Territories and Israel for Oxfam-Great
Britain, and work as a program officer and project manager in United Nations
offices. In addition, she has earned a masters in organization management
and development from the Fielding Graduate University in California. Through
her studies and professional life, she brings experience and gifts in
program planning, management, fundraising, staff security, communications
and public speaking, coaching, and teaching. Her deep experience in
international development at the community level includes work under harsh
conditions of oppression and racism that reinforces her commitment to
actively address issues on which AFSC works and exploring ways to bring an
anti-oppression/anti-racist framework forward in the organization. 


At the Ramallah Friends School, Joyce's leadership helped the institution
become financially viable, organizationally sustainable, academically
successful, and far more broadly accessible to those of limited means and
special needs. 


Throughout the search process, the search committee was struck with Joyce's
collaborative, thoughtful, perceptive, reflective, solution-oriented style
and her appreciation for AFSC's history and current work. They were in unity
in recommending her as the next general secretary, noting that "she has the
courage of her convictions and is a risk-taker on behalf of the common
good." They also noted her embrace of the important intersectionality of our
international and domestic work and that she is eager to become deeply
engaged in supporting domestic, as well as international, programs. Joyce
brings strong gifts as a consensus builder and listener who can move us
forward together in bold ways to make the Service Committee an important
voice for peace and justice.


I look forward to working with her and will be in touch closer to the
transition date to ensure a smooth transition. If you have specific
questions, feel free to reach out to me. 



In peace,

Phil Lord



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