Avi Mayer is the former Managing Director of Public Affairs at the American Jewish Committee (AJC). He previously served as the international spokesman of The Jewish Agency for Israel, the largest Jewish nonprofit organization in the world, and of its then-Chairman, Natan Sharansky.
In 2013, Avi was named by The Algemeiner as one of the “Jewish 100”—the top one hundred people positively influencing Jewish life—along with U.S. President Barack Obama, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and other leading figures. In 2016 he was named the third most influential person on ‘Jewish Twitter’ by JTA, just behind Prime Minister Netanyahu, and in 2017 he was named one of the most influential English-speaking immigrants in Israeli politics by The Jerusalem Post.
Avi has met with the President of the United States at the White House and with the Prime Minister of Israel at his official residence and has testified before the Knesset, Israel's parliament, on numerous occasions. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Maryland, he has worked for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs; the Embassy of Israel in Washington, DC; Hillel International; and the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). Avi serves on the international advisory board of KAHAL, an organization for Jewish students studying abroad around the world, and previously served on the global steering committee of ACCESS, AJC's young leadership division.
Born in New York and raised in Jerusalem and Maryland, Avi served in the Israel Defense Forces as a spokesman to the foreign press. He lives in Jerusalem, where he participated in the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies’ Jewish communal leadership program.