Abby J. Leibman

President & CEO

aleibman@mazon.org

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Abby J. Leibman has been President & CEO at MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger since 2011. Prior to her current tenure, Ms. Leibman had a consulting practice to assist social justice organizations, businesses, and public institutions meet the challenges of growth and change, including leadership development, managing diversity, and implementing strategies to respond to discrimination. Among her clients, Ms. Leibman worked with some of California’s most innovative organizations, including Jewish World Watch, Food Forward, L.A.’s BEST, UCLA Hillel, Valley Beth Shalom Synagogue, the Jewish Federation Council of Greater Los Angeles and the Progressive Jewish Alliance (now Bend the Arc).

For over 20 years, Ms. Leibman has worked with and led some of California’s most prominent nonprofit organizations, including the California Women’s Law Center, which she co-founded and directed for 12 years. Prior to founding the California Women’s Law Center, Ms. Leibman was the Directing Attorney/Community Programs for Public Counsel, where she developed and then directed its Child Care Law Project and managed its project providing pro bono transactional assistance to nonprofit organizations. Ms. Leibman served a two-year term as one of five civilians appointed by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to the Equity Oversight Panel for the L.A. Sheriff’s Department. Ms. Leibman directed the New Leaders Project of the Jewish Federation Council of Greater Los Angeles, for which she developed the project’s curriculum to guide emerging leaders on making civic engagement a priority. 

Ms. Leibman also has a distinguished record of community leadership including: the Board of Directors for Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles, the Board of California Women Lawyers, the Court and Community Outreach Task Force of the California Judicial Council, Women Lawyers’ Association of Los Angeles and as President of the California Children’s Council. She served as chair of the West Hollywood Human Services Commission, a member of the Los Angeles Mayor’s Advisory Committee on Child Care, a member of the Women’s Advisory Council to the Los Angeles Police Commission. Ms. Leibman has served on the Board of the Progressive Jewish Alliance and on the Executive Committee of the Jewish Community Relations Commission.

Ms. Leibman served as adjunct faculty at UCLA and the Graduate School of Management at American Jewish University. 

Ms. Leibman has received a number of prestigious honors, including the Hastings College of Law Alumnae of the Year, California Women Lawyer's Faye Stender Award, Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles' Ernestine Stalhut Award, UCSD's Top 100 Influential Alumni Award, USC Law Center's Public Interest Advocate Award, and the So. California Employer Round Table's Carol F. Schiller Award.

She has a J.D. from Hastings College of Law and graduated magna cum laude from UC San Diego with a B.A. in Political Science. 

Articles by Abby J. Leibman

Protecting our nation’s freedom from want

Seventy years ago, President Franklin Roosevelt delivered his historic “Four Freedoms” address to Congress and asserted that Americans, and all citizens of the world, had an essential human right to “freedom from want.”

Published by JTA-Op-Ed: Keep the SNAP aid program strong

As leaders of national advocacy organizations, we cannot stand by while the health and well-being of one of every six American men, women and children are threatened. As leaders of Jewish advocacy organizations, we are further compelled to act by the arrival of Passover, a holiday that opens with an invitation to “Let all who are hungry come and eat.”

Published in j. – A Jewish Response to the Farm Bill

(Published on October 16, 2011 in j., the Jewish News Weekly of Northern California) Putting Jewish values on poor Americans’ dinner tables by Abby J. Leibman. At Yom Kippur, through tefillah, teshuvah and tzedakah, we recommit ourselves to improving our relationship with God and with our community. 

BUDGET: Threat to Food Stamps Lies Hidden in Ryan’s Plan

Hiding in the pages of the House of Representatives’ proposed 2012 budget is a stripping away of federal funding for our safety net food programs.

Advocacy in Israel: MAZON visit July 18, 2013

On our last full day of meetings in Israel we visited the warehouse at Leket…

Advocacy in Israel: MAZON visit July 17, 2013

Today, we had several meetings that continued to highlight for us the that Israeli innovation is not solely in the field of technology.

Advocacy in Israel: MAZON visit July 14, 2013

Abby J. Leibman, President & CEO and Mia Hubbard, Vice President of Programs are in Israel, meeting with our grantees and gaining a deeper understanding of hunger in Israel.

Solving Senior Hunger: Thoughts on What Works

Through our Solutions to Senior Hunger Initiative, we have learned several key strategies that can make a significant difference in the lives of seniors in need.

We're asking the wrong question

Most of our response to hunger in America is wrong.

Watch MAZON Testify Before Congress

Watch Abby J. Leibman, MAZON President & CEO, testify before Congress as an expert witness on the too-often ignored topic of hunger among military and veteran families.