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.
Before this appointment, Joyce served for 13 years as the Director of the Ramallah Friends School in Ramallah, Palestine. In this role, she oversaw the educational experience of thousands of young people in a way that was consistent with Quaker values and practices. For 14 years prior to that, Joyce worked in international development and relief as a United Nations consultant, as a Country Director for the Palestinian territories and Israel for Oxfam GB, and as a program officer and manager at various UN agencies.
Joyce has a Master’s Degree in Organizational Management and Development from the Fielding Graduate School in California, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from Oakland University, MI. She also completed a private instruction and residency at the Fundamentals of Quakerism program at the Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre in Birmingham, UK, and has presented at numerous conferences and Yearly Meetings.
A lifelong Quaker, Joyce grew up in Palestine and attended the Ramallah Friends School herself for her elementary and secondary education. She is a member of Ramallah Monthly Meeting and attends several monthly meetings in the U.S.
Joyce has appeared in numerous media outlets, including the New York Times and Friends Journal. You can read more about her and her vision for AFSC here.