Avi Smolen is an experienced project manager at the intersection of human rights and philanthropy. Avi works at the Open Society Foundations as a Project Officer leading the implementation of a suite of workforce initiatives to improve the employee experience and better advance organizational goals. He previously supported the Foundation’s grantmaking initiatives expanding access to health interventions for marginalized groups. Earlier, he worked as Communications Manager for Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice, a domestic social justice organization. Avi’s Jewish commitment to social justice and love of community inspires him in both his professional life and in his interfaith involvement. Avi is a longtime member of IA’s Emerging Leaders Speakers Bureau and has also served as lead facilitator of the New York Interfaith Public Health Roundtable. Avi has an MPA in International Policy and Development from the NYU Wagner School and graduated summa cum laude from Rutgers University with a BA in Political Science. He lives in Maplewood, NJ with his partner and their two young children.