Joyce S. Dubensky

Tanenbaum CEO

As Tanenbaum’s CEO, Joyce Dubensky has directed significant programmatic expansion to Tanenbaum’s core programs: Workplace, Health Care, Conflict Resolution and Education. Ms. Dubensky’s dynamic leadership has transformed Tanenbaum from a well-regarded U.S. institution to an internationally recognized thought leader. Ms. Dubensky has overseen the publication of many firsts: the first comprehensive toolkit on religious diversity for workplace managers (Religion in the Workplace: A Traveler’s Guide to Navigating the Complex Landscape), the first comprehensive resource for providing quality care in a diverse healthcare setting (The Medical Manual for Religio-Cultural Competency), two books collecting the compelling life stories and teachings of the grassroots, religiously-motivated peacemakers identified by Tanenbaum’s Conflict Resolution program (Peacemakers in Action: Profiles of Religion in Conflict Resolution, and Peacemakers in Action: Profiles in Religious Peacebuilding, Volume II), Tanenbaum’s Religions in my Neighborhood curriculum, and Tanenbaum’s Combating Extremism Campaign, which offers free, practical resources each month to combat hate and terror. Each of these publications represents a new contribution to the burgeoning field of interreligious understanding. Internationally in demand, Ms. Dubensky speaks, trains and conducts workshops on all Tanenbaum programs including at the Alliance of Civilizations, the United States Institute of Peace, the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, the International Academy of Practical Theology, Merck, the Van Leer Jerusalem Institute, the Sixth National Conference on Quality Care for Diverse Populations, and Harvard University. Before joining Tanenbaum, Ms. Dubensky was with the National Conference for Community and Justice (NCCJ), an inter-group relations organization founded in 1927 as the National Conference of Christians and Jews, where she was the national Director of Communications and, later, the Deputy Executive Director of a regional office. As an attorney, Ms. Dubensky served as a National Consultant for the Council of Jewish Federations (now United Jewish Communities). She also created the Legal Department at the United Jewish Appeal-Federation of Jewish Philanthropies of New York and served as its General Counsel for over ten years. There, she co-chaired the organization’s task force on diversity issues, and worked to develop and implement successful governance, fund development and advocacy strategies. Ms. Dubensky began her legal career with the law firm of Botein Hays Sklar and Herzberg, following her years as a foster care caseworker with the New York Foundling Hospital.