Bend the Arc, the nation's largest Jewish social justice organization, advocates on a range economic and social justice issues, including workers' rights, immigration reform and affordable housing. A product of the merger between the Jewish Funds for Justice and the Progressive Jewish Alliance, Bend the Arc has grown rapidly over the last eight years by merging or affiliating with several other Jewish social justice groups. Through its offices on the East and West Coasts, Bend the Arc organizes training programs for social justice activists and invests in needy neighborhoods.
Alan van Capelle joined Bend the Arc in 2012 as CEO after serving as deputy comptroller for the City of New York. In his previous role as deputy political director of SEIU Local 32BJ,, Van Capelle oversaw political operations for the nation's largest building workers union. He also served as executive director of Empire State Pride Agenda, a leading New York gay rights advocacy group. Van Capelle has been named to the Forward 50 and the National Leadership Council's "40 under 40" list.