Executive Board Member
A senior executive and serial achiever, Shira’s impact over the past 20 years focused on establishing disability rights as a field of social impact and introducing a new paradigm for the discourse concerning Israel and the American Jewry relations. Shira holds an BA in Education and MA in Public Policy from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, along with honorary doctorates from the University of Haifa and Brandeis University. She is the recipient of the 2022 Jerusalem Unity Award. Shira and her husband, Jay Ruderman, were the recipients of the 2022 Jerusalem Post Lifetime Achievement Award and have been included in The Jerusalem Post’s list of ‘50 most influential Jews of 2022’. She was chosen as one of 100 most influential women in Israel by the Nashim Journal. Shira has served in a variety of senior management and leadership positions, such as: Chairwoman of the Fulbright Foundation, Co-Chair of the Opportunity Fund; Member of the Mass General President Consul; Board member of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, Board member of the Jewish Funders Network, FIDF, IAC and a Member of the Institute for Law and Philanthropy.
Born and raised in Israel, she now lives in Boston with her husband Jay and their four children.