Ami Nahshon is President and Chief Executive Officer of The Abraham Fund Initiatives, a non-partisan New York and Jerusalem based nonprofit organization working since 1989 to advance coexistence, equality and cooperation among Israel’s Jewish and Arab citizens.
The Abraham Fund Initiatives provides leadership, training and research to the coexistence field, creates and operates large-scale coexistence ventures and partnerships, conducts public education and advocacy, and funds strategic grassroots projects to promote its vision of shared citizenship and opportunity for all of Israel’s citizens. A pioneer and leader in this field, The Abraham Fund Initiatives serves as a central resource for coexistence professionals in Israel and worldwide.
Prior to assuming this position in June 2003, Nahshon served as the chief executive officer of the Jewish Community Federation and Foundation in Oakland, California for nearly 20 years. He holds a master's degree in nonprofit management from Case Western Reserve University, and a Jewish education diploma from the Cleveland College of Jewish Studies. He previously held administrative positions in community, family and mental health services and in Jewish education.
Nahshon serves on the steering committee of Foundations for Peace, a new international network of funders working in divided societies. He previously served as national chairman of the Jewish Federation Executives’ network, and on the Executive Committee of the United Jewish Communities.
Nahshon’s wife, Ivy Cohen, is a corporate communications consultant in private practice and an active volunteer in community and public affairs.