Abby J. Leibman
President & CEO
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
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.”
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 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.
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.
On our last full day of meetings in Israel we visited the warehouse at Leket…
Today, we had several meetings that continued to highlight for us the that Israeli innovation is not solely in the field of technology.
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.
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.
Most of our response to hunger in America is wrong.
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.
Abby J. Leibman, President & CEO at MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger today issued this statement in response to the introduction of the Military Hunger Prevention Act on November 14, 2016, by Congresswoman Susan Davis:
Our organizations, which make up the National Anti-Hunger Organizations, are committed to ensuring a strong and effective national nutrition safety net for vulnerable, low-income individuals and families. With a united voice, we reflect on the hunger problem in America and its solutions as we transition to a new president and a new Congress.
Abby J. Leibman, president and CEO at MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger, released this statement today in response to the announcement that Dr. David Shulkin has been nominated Secretary of Veterans Affairs.
While we have serious concerns about decisions made during Sonny Perdue’s two terms as governor of Georgia, we welcome the opportunity to work with him to become a strong supporter of federal nutrition assistance programs.
Stories of hunger where you least expect it are plentiful – yet they are hidden from view.
The new Administration has spoken. And it is clear from the recent executive orders and policy prescriptions under consideration that this Administration and Republican leaders in Congress are ready and willing to wage a war on the most vulnerable among us.
Abby J. Leibman, President and CEO at MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger, today issued this statement in response to President Trump’s address to a joint session of Congress.
During this Congressional session, we at MAZON expect certain policymakers to want to debate the “proper” role of the federal government in preventing hunger across the nation. More specifically, we anticipate proposals that will slash funding for SNAP, change how the program is structured, or both. We want you to know the basic facts.
Statement: MAZON Calls for Holistic Solutions to Address Growing Food Insecurity Among College Students
Stories of hunger among college students have been widely documented in the press, resulting in, among other actions, senators calling on the Government Accountability Office to study food insecurity at American colleges and universities.
By systematically cutting programs that support poor people, this budget proposal sends a very clear and troubling message: that those Americans who struggle economically—including veterans and their families, home-bound seniors, and those who live in rural communities—are simply expendable for this Administration.
On Thursday, the U.S. Senate will hold confirmation hearings for Sonny Perdue, former governor of Georgia and President Trump’s nominee for Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
We are so honored to have been invited again to testify before Congress. Yesterday, Josh Protas, MAZON’s Vice President of Public Policy, provided unique and compelling testimony to the House Agriculture Committee.
Let’s take a moment to identify and understand the truth behind three common myths about SNAP.
Despite the program’s monumental successes, some policymakers remain blinded by the program’s cost and their drive to reduce federal spending no matter the consequences.
For many of us, our Jewish values and ideals have shaped us as committed advocates for social justice. As advocates, we are reminded daily that our work is not easy. We are also reminded daily that our work is imperative.
A budget should reflect our values and priorities as a nation. This budget betrays our basic American principle of taking care of those in need.
During the month of May, we recognized Older Americans Month by focusing our attention on food insecure seniors. While May is over, our work for seniors is nowhere close to finished.
MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger condemns the recent action by House Committee on Agriculture Chairman Mike Conaway to block an amendment that would correct an unintended barrier preventing military families from accessing SNAP benefits.
It is shameful that 15.6 million American households continue to struggle to put enough food on the table each day.
Abby J. Leibman, president and CEO at MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger, applauds recent effort by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs decision to implement food insecurity screenings for veterans.
With the passing of this horrific tax bill, Republicans in Congress now think they’ve cleared the way for the massive cuts they’ve wanted for so long.
The legislative principles issued by the USDA have concerning implications for the 2018 Farm Bill.
President Trump’s budget proposal will hurt tens of millions of low-income families and increase hunger in America.
The draft 2018 Farm Bill is a cruel and misguided proposal that will imperil older Americans already struggling to make ends meet.
Make no mistake: Those most affected by the harsh proposals in this Farm Bill will be women—specifically single mothers.
This bill includes proposals that threaten to pull the rug out from under millions of Americans, among them thousands of currently serving members of our nation's armed forces.
This is a huge victory for millions of families who would have been devastated by the cuts to SNAP proposed by House Republicans.
The White House’s plan for restructuring is a clear move towards their goal of doing away with social safety net programs.
The narrow vote by House Republicans represents poor leadership and a lack of concern for the American people.
The bipartisan effort reflects the Farm Bill's intention—to balance the needs of farmers with rural and urban consumers.
The proposed new rule expands the criteria for determining who would be considered a ‘public charge,’ including whether a family has received food assistance.
It is our hope that the love and support of millions of Americans, from all faiths and backgrounds, will help the community there to heal.
MAZON is ready to work with the new Congress on addressing the persistent food insecurity that plagues over 40 million Americans.
The legislation includes a number of compromises necessary to pass the bill, but importantly resulted in a sound nutrition title that protects SNAP.
New report sheds light on prevalence of food insecurity on U.S. college campuses.