Naomi Chazan
Past Board President

Naomi Chazan served as the President of the New Israel Fund (2009-2012) and is a member of its international board. She is professor emerita of political science and African studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and is a senior research fellow at the Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace and at the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, where she co-chairs the Center for the Advancement of Women in the Public Sphere (WIPS).

Naomi Chazan holds B.A. degree from Barnard College, an M.A. degree from Columbia University, and a Ph.D. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She served as chair of the Truman Research Institute, was a visiting professor of Government at Harvard University and the University of Chicago, a research fellow at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard, a research fellow at the Center for International Studies at MIT and has received numerous professional awards.

Prof. Chazan served as a Member of the Knesset for three terms (1992-2003) on behalf of the Meretz party. She was Deputy Speaker of the Knesset and a member of numerous committees, including: Foreign Affairs and Defense, Education, Economics, Immigration and Absorption, and the Committee for the Advancement of the Status of Women and Gender Equality.

Naomi Chazan was one of the founders of the Israel Women’s Network and has been active in a variety of feminist, human rights, and peace organizations. She currently serves on the board of Fulbright-Israel and of several leading civil society organizations. She is also a regular commentator on Israeli affairs in a variety of media outlets.