Lori Weinstein serves as Executive Director of Jewish Women International, a position she has held since 2001. During her years of leadership at JWI, the organization has strengthened its mission and vision, expanded its programs and leadership and brought more than 15,000 new members and donors into its fold. JWI works in communities across the nation and in Israel to ensure the safety and security of woman and girls and is viewed as the leading Jewish organization in preventing domestic abuse. JWI also promotes women’s leadership, encourages women’s philanthropy, advocates on behalf of women and families and teaches young women critical living skills.
Prior to arriving at JWI in 1999, Lori spent nearly twenty years working in leadership positions in national and community non-profit organizations dedicated to strengthening women, families and communities. Lori was one of the founders and the founding Executive Director of the Washington Area Women’s Foundation, a philanthropic organization serving the critical needs of women and girls in the Washington Metropolitan Area. She served as the National Director of Programs for The Children’s Foundation, overseeing their portfolio of child-care advocacy programs. She began her work in the field of domestic violence in the 1980s, serving as the Coordinator of Direct Services for My Sister’s Place, a domestic violence program located in Washington, DC.
Lori currently serves on the Washington Area Women’s Foundation Board of Directors and chairs its Finance Committee. She has also served on the board of American Jewish World Service and the regional council of the New Israel Fund. She is a member of the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations as well as a number of other Jewish organizations. Lori received her B.A. from Tufts University in Political Science and Spanish, and has graduate degrees in Women’s Counseling and Women’s Studies from Goddard College, Cambridge, Massachusetts.