Field operations deputy director, JDC FSU, JDC (the Joint)
Oksana was born and raised in Kharkov and has dedicated the last 20 years of her life to revitalizing the Jewish community and improving the quality of life for the most needy in the region. As a social worker in Kharkov's Hesed, Oksana witnessed firsthand the plight of the elderly in Ukraine. In 2003, Oksana was recruited by the Kharkov JDC office, to serve as the public relations and missions manager. In this role, she cultivated donor relations and launched local fundraising activities. A dedicated volunteer and professional in the Jewish community since 1998, Oksana became the first locally-born JDC representative in the Former Soviet Union in 2008. As director of JDC's operations in Northern Ukraine, Oksana oversaw JDC welfare and Jewish renewal activities for more than 55,000 people. In 2013, Oksana was appointed JDC FSU communications director, and she and her family made aliyah. Shortly after her appointment, the crisis in Ukraine began, and Oksana rose to the challenges of this troubled period, fostering partnerships with local and international governmental agencies and NGOs, fundraising, and travelling to Ukraine to meet the Jews and bring their stories to the world. Oksana was recently promoted to a senior position in JDC's field operations division. She now oversees a number of JDC regional offices in Russia and Georgia, and is using her expertise to promote the local communities' efforts toward self-sustainability. Oksana holds an M.A. from the National Pedagogic University. She is a graduate of the Ford Motor Company International Fellowship for emerging community leaders.