Alma Gadot Perez
Alma Gadot Perez is a vision enabler and meaning maker with over a decade of international experience in Israel and the US.
She's passionate about values-based strategies that allow greater impact, innovation and community engagement. Bringing a proven track record of leading and collaborating successfully with US and Israel-based teams, senior executives and a varity of internal and external stakeholders. Alma's experienced in setting strategy, policies, standards, budgets and project plans. Believes in training and mentoring talent to own, manage and execute projects with excellence.
Alma is the founder of Shelanu, a mission-driven consultancy. Her clients include giving circles (Natan Fund, NYC); foundations (Van Leer, NL); Jewish Federations (UJA-Federation of New York); individual philanthropists (UK); and nonprofits (itrek, NYC).
Prior to founding her own practice, Alma worked for the Milken Institute (Santa Monica, CA), where she grew its Israel Center from an emerging idea to a year-round Israel-based operation and acted as the center's first director general. She designed its prestigious fellows program, led research teams and engaged in innovative tri-sector projects, from Impact Investing to monetizing biodiversity and heritage sites. Alma focused on regional strategy for JDC Israel and on organizational learning at the Strategic Planning Division of the Israeli Ministry of Social Affairs.
Alma holds an M.A. in Public Policy from the Federmann School of Government and Policy honors program at the Hebrew University. She co-authored several academic papers and a book of original Israeli case studies exploring the politics of policy in Israel. Her MA thesis focused on participatory urban planing in east Jerusalem and won an honorary mention award by the Israeli political science associaton.
Born in Israel, Alma lived in Canada, Belgium and the US before returning to Israel in 2012. She’s married to Prof. Nahshon Perez and mother of two boys.
Alma is an activist in the local municipality education system and community building efforts. She is the chairperson of Dorot Elementary School parents’ leadership board in Modiin and a member of the city's community committee. She’s an ROIer (2016), a Schusterman Senior Fellow (cohort 3), A Kolot fellow and a Harry Potter fan.