Lilach Shafir is the Associate Director in the Service Department at American Jewish World Service (AJWS), overseeing a team responsible for outreach and recruitment, managing and employing group leaders, running domestic programs and maintaining follow-up with AJWS international service volunteers. Lilach was an AJWS Volunteer Summer Group Leader in Ghana. She also spent a year in Israel as a Dorot fellow. Prior to that, she spent three years in Timor-Leste, working with international and local nonprofits and the Timorese government to conduct cross-sector leadership development and strategic planning.
Lilach worked as a Program Director for the Close Up Foundation in Washington, DC, managing and teaching weekly programs on civic education for American and international high school students. She has an M.A. from Stanford in international comparative education and a B.A. from the University of Arizona in international relations. Lilach has led service-learning programs in Brazil, Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Ghana. She is fluent in English, Spanish, Portuguese and Tetun and convesational in Hebrew.
Lilach’s work is strategically situated at the nexus of international service and advocacy work. She facilitates meaningful programming to ensure that volunteers work overseas, be it in India, Ghana or Nicaragua, while continuing to make changes in their own countries and the U.S. through grassroots activism or lobbying on Capitol Hill. Lilach is currently focused on the farm bill and is empowering individuals to take a stand on this. As an innovator and key trainer at AJWS, Lilach has adopted the Social Styles at Work program that she learned at Stanford University, an interpersonal skills program designed to foster stronger relationships. She has used this tool with cohorts ranging from other international nonprofits and volunteers in India to departments within her own organization. Lilach is constantly looking for more innovative training tools, approaches and methodologies to incorporate into her work.