Joyce Ajlouny has served as the General Secretary – the executive head – of the American Friends Service Committee since September of 2017, where she is responsible for the organization’s worldwide peace and social justice programs and advocacy.
A Quaker leader who is committed to help bring peace and justice to oppressed and vulnerable communities globally, Joyce brings to AFSC a depth of experience in international development, education and 27 years of non-profit management.
Joyce is a Palestinian American who started her career working in international development in Palestine, focusing on minority and refugee rights, gender equality, economic development, and humanitarian support. She served as the country director for Palestine and Israel with Oxfam-Great Britain, chaired the Association of International Development Agencies, and worked as a program manager at various United Nations agencies. Prior to joining AFSC, Joyce served as the director of the Ramallah Friends School in Palestine for 13 years, where she led a diverse staff to transform the school academically, physically and financially.
Joyce holds a master’s degree in Organizational Management and Development from Fielding Graduate University in California. While based in Philadelphia, Joyce’s home is in Bethesda, Maryland, where she lives with her husband, Ziad. They have three adult children. She is a member of Ramallah Monthly Meeting and attends several monthly meetings in the U.S.