Margaret Hempel

Former Vice President at American Jewish World Service, Inc.

Margaret Hempel

Margaret Hempel

Former Vice President at American Jewish World Service, Inc.

Biography

Margaret Hempel leads the Gender, Racial, and Ethnic Justice team. Her work has focused on advancing the rights of women and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people; reducing discrimination based on gender, sexual, or HIV/AIDS status; and ensuring that the priorities and leadership of women and young people who face multiple forms of social, economic, and political exclusion are central to the advancement of policies and programs for sexuality and reproductive health and rights (SRHR). Her team has made grants in Mexico, Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya, Egypt, China, Indonesia, India, and the United States.

Margaret's first tenure at the foundation was from 1990 to 1999. She served as a program officer and then as deputy director, working on human development and reproductive health. She returned in 2008 to direct the foundation’s SRHR work. In 2013, she assumed leadership of an expanded unit encompassing work on gender rights in addition to SRHR.

Before joining the foundation as a director, Margaret served for two years as vice president for programs at American Jewish World Service, an international development organization, where she managed the grant-making, international service, and advocacy programs. She also spent seven years as vice president for programs at the Ms. Foundation for Women and was responsible for grant-making, training, and advocacy work focused on strengthening policies and programs that benefit low-income women and their families in the United States.

Margaret has also worked for several international agencies and lived and worked in China and Burma. She has a master’s degree from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University and a bachelor’s degree from the Johns Hopkins University.

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Former Vice President at American Jewish World Service, Inc.
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Bachelor's Degree

The Johns Hopkins University opened in 1876, with the inauguration of its first president, Daniel Coit Gilman. "What are we aiming at?" Gilman asked in his installation address. "The encouragement of research ... and the advancement of individual scholars, who by their excellence will advance the sciences they pursue, and the society where they dwell." The mission laid out by Gilman remains the university's mission today, summed up in a simple but powerful restatement of Gilman's own words: "Knowledge for the world." What Gilman created was a research university, dedicated to advancing both students' knowledge and the state of human knowledge through research and scholarship. Gilman believed that teaching and research are interdependent, that success in one depends on success in the other. A modern university, he believed, must do both well. The realization of Gilman's philosophy at Johns Hopkins, and at other institutions that later attracted Johns Hopkins-trained scholars, revolutionized higher education in America, leading to the research university system as it exists today. After more than 130 years, Johns Hopkins remains a world leader in both teaching and research. Eminent professors mentor top students in the arts and music, the humanities, the social and natural sciences, engineering, international studies, education, business and the health professions. Those same faculty members, and their research colleagues at the university's Applied Physics Laboratory, have each year since 1979 won Johns Hopkins more federal research and development funding than any other university. The university has nine academic divisions and campuses throughout the Baltimore-Washington area. The Krieger School of Arts and Sciences, the Whiting School of Engineering, the School of Education and the Carey Business School are based at the Homewood campus in northern Baltimore. The schools of Medicine, Public Health, and Nursing share a campus in east Baltimore with The Johns Hopkins Hospital. The Peabody Institute, a leading professional school of music, is located on Mount Vernon Place in downtown Baltimore. The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies is located in Washington's Dupont Circle area. The Applied Physics Laboratory is a division of the university co-equal to the nine schools, but with a non-academic, research-based mission. APL, located between Baltimore and Washington, supports national security and also pursues space science, exploration of the Solar System and other civilian research and development. Johns Hopkins also has a campus near Rockville in Montgomery County, Md., and has academic facilities in Nanjing, China, and in Bologna, Italy. It maintains a network of continuing education facilities throughout the Baltimore-Washington region, including centers in downtown Baltimore, in downtown Washington and in Columbia. When considered in partnership with its sister institution, the Johns Hopkins Hospital and Health System, the university is Maryland's largest employer and contributes more than $10 billion a year to the state's economy

Master's degree

Princeton University is a vibrant community of scholarship and learning that stands in the nation's service and in the service of all nations. Chartered in 1746, Princeton is the fourth-oldest college in the United States. Princeton is an independent, coeducational, nondenominational institution that provides undergraduate and graduate instruction in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and engineering. As a world-renowned research university, Princeton seeks to achieve the highest levels of distinction in the discovery and transmission of knowledge and understanding. At the same time, Princeton is distinctive among research universities in its commitment to undergraduate teaching. Today, more than 1,100 faculty members instruct approximately 5,000 undergraduate students and 2,500 graduate students. The University's generous financial aid program ensures that talented students from all economic backgrounds can afford a Princeton education.

Career History
Vice President
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American Jewish World Service, Inc. provides social and community development services. It offers disaster response, civil and political, land and water, sexual health and rights, and ending child marriage. The company was founded by Larry Phillips and Larry Simon in 1985 and is based in New York, NY.

Director, SRHR Work
Prior - 2018

The Ford Foundation supports visionary leaders and organizations on the frontlines of social change worldwide. We believe all people should have the opportunity to reach their full potential, contribute to society, and have voice in the decisions that affect them. We believe the best way to achieve these goals is to encourage initiatives by those living and working closest to where problems are located; to promote collaboration among the nonprofit, government and business sectors; and to ensure participation by men and women from diverse communities and all levels of society. In our experience, such activities help build common understanding, enhance excellence, enable people to improve their lives and reinforce their commitment to society. We work mainly by making grants or loans that build knowledge and strengthen organizations and networks. Since our financial resources are modest compared with societal needs, we focus on key problem areas and program strategies. Created with gifts and bequests by Edsel and Henry Ford, the foundation is an independent, nonprofit, nongovernmental organization, with its own board, and is entirely separate from the Ford Motor Company. The trustees of the foundation set policy and delegate authority to the president and senior staff for the foundation’s grant making and operations. Program officers in the United States, Africa, the Middle East, Asia and Latin America explore opportunities to pursue the foundation’s goals, formulate strategies and recommend proposals for funding.

Vice President for Programs
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"OUR MISSION IS TO BUILD WOMEN'S COLLECTIVE POWER TO REALIZE A NATION OF JUSTICE FOR ALL."

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2004

"OUR MISSION IS TO BUILD WOMEN'S COLLECTIVE POWER TO REALIZE A NATION OF JUSTICE FOR ALL."

Political Donations
$400
2004

America Coming Together (ACT) was a progressive, political action 527 group dedicated to get-out-the-vote activities. It was the largest 527 (tax-exempt) group in 2004 and was planning to be involved in future races. The group was primarily funded by insurance mogul Peter Lewis, currency trader George Soros, and labor unions, especially the Service Employees International Union, and was led by Steve Rosenthal, a former political director of the AFL-CIO.

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