Yael is the US National Director of Humanity in Action. In this capacity, she leads the organization’s US programming and operations and engages in Senior Fellow community building and outreach. She also co-directs the Detroit Fellowship and the Racial Equity Grant. Prior to HIA, Yael served as a consultant to non-profit organizations looking to develop cultural education programs or broaden access to existing programs. Beyond the social sector, Yael has experience working on policy and government affairs in the EU and German state government as well as experience developing and managing real estate. She is a Senior Fellow (Berlin 2011 and Pat Cox Fellow 2012) and has actively contributed to Humanity in Action’s selection process and development work in the US and Europe as of 2012.
Born in Frankfurt, Germany to children of Shoa survivors, Yael is deeply interested in majority-minority relations, conflict resolution, and personal and collective trauma and how it shapes individual identity, collective narratives, and group formation. She has written about discrimination and belonging concerning majority-minority relations in France, Germany, China and the US.
Yael holds a B.A. in Comparative Politics and International Law from the American University of Paris, an M.A. in International Affairs from the New School and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Organization Development. Want to reach out to Yael? Feel free to e-mail.
Updated Sept. 2020
More from Yael Herskovits
Senior Fellows Raise $35,462 for Giving Campaign
Each year we run a Senior Fellow Giving Campaign, which aims to gather support from the Senior Fellow community for future Humanity in Action programming. This year we raised over $35,000!
Thank you to our 2020 US Review and Admissions Committees
As every year, Humanity in Action received many applications for our Fellowships in Europe and Atlanta this year. We are so grateful to the dedicated Senior Fellows and friends who volunteered their time and energy in reading and reviewing applications.
Getting to Know Yael Herskovits: Empowerment through Connection and Education
Learning more about Yael and her journey to Humanity in Action and what the organization means to her.
Thank you to our 2019 US Review and Admissions Committees
Senior Fellows Raise $40,220.50 for Giving Campaign
Thank you to our 2018 US Review and Admissions Committees
Thank you to our 2017 US Review and Admissions Committees
Thank you to our 2016 US Review and Admissions Committees
Humanity in Action received 513 applications for our Fellowships in Europe and Atlanta this year, as well as 165 applications for the Diplomacy and Diversity Fellowship.
Thank you to our 2015 US Review and Admissions Committees
Humanity in Action received 689 applications for our Fellowships in Europe and Atlanta this year and 421 applications for the Diplomacy and Diversity Fellowship.