American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee
Location: New York, NY
Category: Advocacy or Public Service
David M. Schizer
CEO & Executive VP
The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, headquartered in New York City, is the world’s foremost Jewish relief organization. Founded in 1914 to ensure that funds donated to Jewish settlers in Palestine by American Jewish organizations were distributed effectively, the organization has since branched out, supporting disadvantaged Jewish communities worldwide, particularly in post-Soviet states. It now operates in more than 70 countries, many of which are home to struggling and diminishing Jewish populations. The JDC has also donated millions of dollars of relief to victims of natural disaster and political conflict.
David M. Schizer assumed the position of CEO of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) in January 2017. The salary figure below is for his predecessor, Alan Gill. Schizer previously served as dean of Columbia Law School for 10 years. Schizer was also President of America’s Voices in Israel, co-director of Columbia’s Center for Israeli Legal Studies, and a member of the Board of Directors of the 92nd Street Y and the Ramaz School. He also served previously on the boards of Natan and Columbia-Barnard Hillel, and as a senior advisor to the Tikvah Fund.
Schizer holds undergraduate, graduate, and law degrees from Yale. He clerked for Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the U.S. Supreme Court and Judge Alex Kozinski of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.
Institution Revenue: $292,605,906
Institution Total Expenses: $306,561,117
Institution Revenue: $326,494,583
Institution Total Expenses: $326,833,035
Underpaid by: 5%
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1 Interim head of organization
2 Data from 2012
3 Data from 2011
4 Data from 2010
5 Data from 2009
6 Data from 2008
7 Data from 2007
8 Includes payment from SWC Museum Corp.
9 Predecessor’s salary
10 Partial year
11 Not a 501(c)3
13 Position currently vacant
14 As per Form 990, JNF declined to comment
15 Base salary
16 Data from president-elect period
17 2010 Employees
18 Legally exempt from public disclosure of salary
19 Highest paid professional, not CEO
20 Paid from two related organizations
21 Data from 2013
22 Data from 2014
23 Data from 2015
24 Includes a one-time honorarium of $55,000
25 Data from 2017