NEW YORK (JTA) — Steve Schwager, CEO of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, is stepping down.
Schwager will step down as CEO at the end of June and retire from the organization in January 2013, the JDC announced Friday.
He has served as CEO since 2002 and been with the Jewish international humanitarian assistance organization since 1989.
“Following careful soul-searching, I concluded that after nearly 23 years serving this marvelous organization, it was time for me to retire," Schwager said in the news release. “I do this with the deepest of pride, knowing that the work we have done together has helped ensure that Jews around the world face their future a little less hungry, with deeper connections to their Jewish identity, and with the profound hope to build a better tomorrow.”