For Immediate Release
Contact: Jason Edelstein, 510-239-1102
Repair the World Welcomes New COO Angel Alvarez-Mapp as it Expands Efforts to Make Service a Defining Element of American Jewish Life
January 7, 2022 — Reflecting the organization’s growth and expanded efforts to mobilize Jews and their communities to take action to pursue a just world, Repair the World announced that Angel Alvarez-Mapp (he/him) is joining its executive team as Chief Operating Officer. Alvarez-Mapp will help lead the organization during this unprecedented period with new organizational partnerships, expanded service programs, and other opportunities and resources to make service a defining element of American Jewish life. Alvarez-Mapp joins Repair following almost three years at the Jews of Color Initiative as their Senior Director of Operations.
“I am thrilled to join Repair the World at this moment of such great opportunity,” says Angel Alvarez-Mapp, incoming Chief Operating Officer of Repair the World. “Young adults are eager to create change and address social inequity. With its broad reach and partnerships in communities across the country, Repair is incredibly well positioned to have a deep and meaningful impact. I feel privileged to join such a talented team with a commitment to live out Jewish values.”
Angel is a seasoned nonprofit professional who brings with him a combination of extensive experience leading nonprofits and developing comprehensive strategic plans, a wealth of expertise in operational strategies, a passion for national service and creating rich service experiences, and a commitment to fostering communal support for Jews of Color.
Angel studied Business Administration at St. Mary’s College of California, and Graphic Design at the Art Institute of California, San Francisco. He serves on the board of directors of Keshet, an organization working for LGBTQ equality in Jewish life. Angel lives in the Pico-Robertson neighborhood of Los Angeles with his fiancée, Danielle Natelson, and can be found in the kitchen on Fridays baking challah.
“We are very excited to welcome Angel to the team as the Jewish service movement continues our vital and timely work strengthening our communities in, hitchazkut,” adds Cindy Greenberg, President and CEO of Repair the World. “No matter where young Jewish adults are, no matter how their Jewishness manifests, we can show them that meaningful service and learning in pursuit of a just world is a Jewish practice that’s accessible throughout their lives. Angel has the experience and knowledge to help Repair bring this vision to fruition.”
In 2021, Repair received a $7 million gift from MacKenzie Scott and Dan Jewett to help grow its work to an unprecedented scale as many American Jews say that working for justice and equality is essential to being Jewish. Additionally, the Jewish Service Alliance (JSA), which is powered by Repair the World, received a $5.8 million Jewish Community Response and Impact Fund (JCRIF) Reset grant to leverage partnerships nationally and locally to elevate service and learning and bring more Jewish depth to this growing field.
The pandemic has exacerbated inequalities that young adults see around them—and that some experience themselves—and increased the care needed by many of their neighbors. Jewish young adults also are concerned about rising anti-Semitism and polarization within the Jewish community.
Last year, Repair the World reached over 36,000 volunteers who contributed over 160,000 hours of service and learning to nonprofit partners across the country between August 2020-July 2021. Repair continues to expand these and other meaningful service efforts.
Angel’s selection is the culmination of an extensive and robust national search process by a search committee in partnership with the search firm Heidrick & Struggles.
Repair the World mobilizes Jews and their communities to take action to pursue a just world, igniting a lifelong commitment to service. We believe service in support of social change is vital to a flourishing Jewish community and an inspired Jewish life. By 2030, Repair will inspire and catalyze one million acts of service towards repairing the world.