Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society

Location: New York, NY

Category: Advocacy or Public Service

Mark Hetfield

President & CEO

The Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society supports refugees around the world. Founded in 1881, HIAS has helped generations of Jews immigrate to the United States and adapt to their new lives. Today, HIAS operates in 14 countries — including Ecuador, Kenya and Israel — and helps refugees of all religions resettle, receive citizenship and integrate into society. The agency offers a variety of services to refugees, including legal assistance, trauma counseling and humanitarian assistance. In Washington, D.C., HIAS advocates for fair immigration legislation and dignified treatment of refugees.

Mark Hetfield is the president and CEO of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society. After joining HIAS as a Russian-speaking caseworker in 1989, Hetfield served in a variety of positions at the organization, including Washington representative and, most recently, senior vice president for policy & programs. Hetfield also worked for the Immigration and Naturalization Service, the U.S. Embassy in Haiti, and served as a senior advisor to the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom. Hetfield received a bachelor’s and a law degree from Georgetown University and worked as an immigration lawyer at Fulbright and Jaworski. Hetfield's 2014 salary includes a $43,472 housing allowance for the CEO, who works out of both the DC and the New York offices.


Institution Revenue: $39,923,260

Institution Total Expenses: $36,449,447

Employees: 67

Salary: $318,472

Underpaid by: 22%


Institution Revenue: $31,218,870

Institution Total Expenses: $31,005,114

Employees: 71

Salary: $275,00022


Institution Total Expenses: $30,268,00021

Employees: 8321

Salary: $268,83412

Underpaid by: 43%


Institution Total Expenses: $26,181,000

Employees: 80

Salary: $201,0002


Institution Total Expenses: $26,919,049

Salary: $262,5592


Salary: $260,0006


Salary: $250,0007

  • 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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