Penny Blumenstein has been elected the 16th president the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC),the Jewish humanitarian organization announced on Tuesday. Blumenstein is a philanthropist who has donated money to causes in in Michigan, Israel, and around the world, and has been a member of the JDC Board since 2002.
"As JDC continues to address some of the world's toughest humanitarian challenges and ensures Jewish life is celebrated across the globe, we are proud to have Penny Blumenstein as our new President," said Steve Schwager, JDC's Chief Executive Officer. "Her vast Jewish and philanthropic leadership, especially when paired with her deep compassion and understanding, are critical to our mission today." Blumenstein said she was "honored" to serve as president of JDC as it nears its 100th anniversary in 2014.