American Jewish World Service

Location: New York, NY

Category: Advocacy or Public Service

Ruth Messinger

President & CEO

The American Jewish World Service, headquartered in New York City, supports community-based organizations in developing countries across the globe. The organization was founded in 1985 with the goal of alleviating poverty, disease and hunger. The AJWS advocates for policy reform to help alleviate world hunger and disease, and also supports education and volunteer programs to educate the Jewish American community about global issues.

Ruth Messinger has served as president and CEO of the American Jewish World Service since 1998. She ran for the Democratic mayoral race in 1997, losing the candidacy to Rudy Giuliani. She was a delegate to the 1980 Democratic National Convention and serves as a board member of Hazon, an organization to establish sustainable communities, and a trustee emeritus of the Jewish Foundation for Education of Women.


Institution Total Expenses: $53,832,698

Employees: 270

Salary: $301,422

Underpaid by: 27%


Institution Total Expenses: $52,412,031

Employees: 204

Salary: $294,866


Institution Total Expenses: $43,384,378

Salary: $276,217


Salary: $249,774


Salary: $216,6257

  • 1Interim head of organization
  • 2Data from 2012
  • 3Data from 2011
  • 4Data from 2010
  • 5Data from 2009
  • 6Data from 2008
  • 7Data from 2007
  • 8Includes payment from SWC Museum Corp.
  • 9Predecessor's salary
  • 10Partial year
  • 11Not a 501(c)3
  • 12Annualized
  • 13Position currently vacant
  • 14As per Form 990, JNF declined to comment
  • 15Base salary
  • 16Data from president-elect period
  • 172010 Employees
  • 18Legally exempt from public disclosure of salary
  • 19Highest paid professional, not CEO
  • 20Paid from two related organizations
  • 21Data from 2013
  • 22Data from 2014
  • 23Data from 2015
  • 24Includes a one-time honorarium of $55,000
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