JVS Names New Chief Program Officer and Senior Vice President


December 19, 2017

Contact: Kimberly Strauss, kstrauss@jvs-boston.org, (617) 399-3239


Kira Khazatsky takes on new role; Amy Nishman promoted

JVS Boston, the region’s largest workforce development organization, is pleased to announce that Kira Khazatsky will be moving into the newly-created role of Chief Program Officer as of January 2018.  The transition is occurring as long-time JVS leader and COO Carol Ozelius prepares to retire at the end of 2017.

As Chief Program Officer, Kira will be responsible for the development, quality and delivery of JVS’s services, and oversee JVS’s team of programmatic vice presidents. A Russian immigrant herself, whose family sought out JVS’s services in the 80s, Kira began her career at JVS in 2006 as a workplace instructor and marketing assistant. She has directed JVS’s innovative Business Services department, and is currently Vice President of Employer and Educational Partnerships. She received an MA in Adult and Organizational Learning from Suffolk, and a BA from Clark University.

Current Vice President Amy Nishman has been promoted to Senior Vice President. She will be taking on the oversight of data and policy issues, as well as continuing to manage JVS’s groundbreaking Pay for Success project and skills training services. Amy started her career at JVS in 2007 as Director, Education and Training, and has also worked at Planned Parenthood and the AIDS Action Committee. She holds a BA in Sociology and Women’s Studies from the University of Michigan and a Master’s degree in both Public Health and Social Work from Boston University.

“We are fortunate to have developed such robust internal leadership,” said CEO Jerry Rubin, “Both Kira and Amy are national leaders in workforce development, and have built strong cohesive teams. I am looking forward to working with both of them to measure our success with the innovative Pay for Success project, and to continue upskilling thousands of people each year for quality jobs with our employer partners.”

About JVS: Jewish Vocational Service was founded in 1938 to help Jewish immigrants and refugees find employment in Boston. Today, JVS provides skills training, education, job placement and career development support to tens of thousands of individuals, many of them immigrants and refugees fleeing war and poverty.  Last year, JVS delivered a broad range of services to nearly 17,000 individuals and dozens of employers seeking skilled workers. For more information please visit www.jvs-boston.org.

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