CEO of the National Council of Jewish Women to Deliver 2022 Commencement Address

Sheila Katz ’05, leader of one of the nation’s largest faith-based grassroots organizations focused on social and gender justice, will speak to graduating seniors.

Sheila Katz ’05

Named CEO of the National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) in 2019, Sheila Katz ’05 leads an organization comprised of more than 200,000 advocates who work to ensure that the rights of women, children, and families are protected, translated into public policy, and upheld in our courts. Katz heads a network of 56 NCJW sections across the country and a national headquarters in Washington, D.C. Through meaningful education, direct service, and strategic advocacy, NCJW empowers Jewish women and allies to engage in work that impacts marginalized communities while centering the most impacted through partnerships and coalitions.

Katz was previously the vice president of student engagement and leadership at Hillel International, the largest Jewish campus organization in the world. In her 12 years at Hillel, she founded programs to expand student participation in Jewish and civic life including “Ask Big Questions,” an award-winning national initiative to guide diverse students in meaningful conversations, and MitzVote, Hillel’s unprecedented nonpartisan civic engagement campaign.

While earning her B.A. in politics from Ithaca College, Katz served as president of the Residence Hall Association and president of Hillel at Ithaca College. She was recognized with a Campus Life Award during her senior year, and in 2019 she was honored with the Humanitarian Alumni Award by the Ithaca College Alumni Association. Katz has been named as one of the top 10 faith influencers by Religion News Service, one of the 50 most influential Jews in the world by the Jerusalem Post, and a faith leader to watch by the Center for American Progress. She has an M.S. in teaching from Pace University. Katz sits on the Board of Governors of Tel Aviv University and on the board of Heart of a Nation.