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AFSC announces new general secretary, Joyce Ajlouny

Joyce Ajlouny will join AFSC as general secretary in September 2017. Photo: Courtesy photo

As the American Friends Service Committee celebrates its 100th year, we are pleased to announce the appointment of Joyce Ajlouny as our next general secretary beginning Sept. 1, 2017.  

A transformative Quaker leader, Joyce brings to AFSC a depth of experience in strategic planning, financial and personnel management, fundraising, and communication spanning 27 years.  

She is currently employed by Friends United Meeting and serves as the director of the Ramallah Friends School in Palestine, where she has led a diverse staff of over 170 educators and administrators for the past 13 years. She spent the prior 14 years working in international development 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 there, and worked as a program officer and project manager at various United Nations agencies. Joyce holds a master’s degree in Organizational Management and Development from Fielding Graduate University in California.

Rooted in her upbringing as a Palestinian American Quaker, and with a lifelong dedication to putting faith into action, Joyce shares a deep commitment to AFSC’s peace and social justice mission and the values that guide our work. She appreciates that conditions of injustice and violence are closely linked, and embraces the important intersectionality of AFSC’s international and U.S. work.  She looks forward to becoming deeply engaged in supporting and strengthening both U.S. and international programs.

Joyce expressed her enthusiasm for joining AFSC, stating, "I am honored and humbled to accept this opportunity to help lead AFSC into its second century of working to achieve lasting peace through active nonviolence and the transforming power of love. I look forward to working with such a talented, passionate, and committed group of staff and volunteers. I am driven knowing that the future will be a more just and compassionate one when we join together to address social and political injustices, poverty, oppression, and racism, wherever they may be."

We look forward to welcoming and working with Joyce and are deeply grateful to Shan Cretin for her seven years of dedicated service as general secretary. Shan will continue to serve until September.

Phil Lord, clerk of AFSC’s Board of Directors 

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