Alma Gadot Perez
Alma Gadot Perez is the founder of Shelanu, where she helps mission driven people, philanthropists and organizations to start new initiatives, grow beyond the startup phase, overcome complexities and build capacity, map new fields, move past old habits, expand executive bandwidth and make room for innovation and change that lasts. Alma's agile, "on-demand", model provides local knowledge and global insights together with proven leadership, strategy, operations, finance and project management skills.
Alma is a seasoned executive with diverse international experience and a proven track record of supporting growth, innovation and impact in leading philanthropic, government and mission-driven organizations in Israel and US.
In the past five years, Alma has been helping funders and their grantees to define, test drive and execute their own social impact in Israel and abroad. Serving as a thought partner and expert to clients such as giving circles (Natan Fund, NYC); established foundations (Van Leer, NL); Jewish Federations (UJA-Federation of New York), individual philanthropists (UK) and rapidly growing mission driven organizations (itrek, NYC).
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. Born in Israel, Alma lived in Canada, Belgium and the US before returning to Israel in 2012. She’s married to 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. Alma's a practitioner and an advocate of every-day philanthropy, known for her "do-something 24h community funding effort" that takes place during Israeli Holocaust Memorial Day.
She’s an ROIer (2016), a Schusterman Senior Fellow (cohort 3) and a Harry Potter fan.