Oz is a Program Associate for REALITY, where he is responsible for the development of REALITY journeys, a program that utilizes Israel as a prism through which exceptional leaders explore their identity and purpose – both personally and professionally – in a way that deepens their connection with Israel and their commitment to social impact.
Born in Tel Aviv and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Oz grew up an active leader in Jewish youth movements, and at 17 was elected the International Teen President of BBYO. As a student at the George Washington University, he put those skills to work as a community organizer, raising funds for causes ranging from disaster relief to cancer treatment. He studied Economics and Arabic and researched the impact of city planning on economic mobility.
Before arriving at the Foundation, he lived in Buenos Aires, working with leaders in the city’s “villas” (informal settlements) in a private-public partnership for job training and welfare services that impacted 1,200 residents, and developing youth movements committed to social justice across the Latin American Jewish community. The following year, he worked out of the office of the CEO of JDC Israel. There, he specialized in projects that enabled the organization to be more agile in its response to Israel’s most pressing welfare issues and developed partnerships with key players in the tech industry. He is also a proud alumnus of the Urban Design Studio at HQ Architects, where he worked on modeling for a new city plan in Lod, Israel that turned an abandoned industrial park into a new urban center for one of the poorest cities in the country.
He is currently pursuing a Masters in Urban Design, where he researches the ways in which cities form and how the ethnic and cultural histories of the people that inhabit them can be a tool for building equity in Israel.