Independent Sector taps chief

Diana Aviv, vice president for public policy at United Jewish Communities with expertise in policy, communications and advocacy, has been named president and CEO of Independent Sector.

Aviv, a native of South Africa who previously was associate executive vice chair for the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, succeeds Sara Melendez, who resigned heading Independent Sector for eight years and will take a teaching post at George Washington University.

From 1978 to 1981, Aviv was director of Alternatives to Domestic Violence.

Independent Sector is a coalition of more than 700 national nonprofits, foundations and corporate philanthropy programs that promotes philanthropy and the nonprofit sector.

UJC is an umbrella group that represents 157 federated Jewish communities in the U.S. and Canada.

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