Merged social justice group hires its first president


NEW YORK (JTA) — Progressive Jewish Alliance & Jewish Funds for Justice has hired Alan van Capelle, the deputy comptroller for the City of New York, as its new president and CEO.

The announcement was made Oct. 3; van Capelle will take his post in January.

The organizations, which are focused on pursuing social and economic justice, merged at the beginning of June and will announce a new name soon.

Prior to working as deputy comptroller, van Capelle served as the executive director of the Empire State Pride Agenda.

“Alan has exactly the right combination of skills, experience, values and personal attributes to guide our expansion into a national organization engaging and investing in communities all across the country,” said John Levy, a board member of the merged organization who was on the search committee that brought in van Capelle. 

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