The Team

 New York City 

Judith Goldstein

Executive Director
Judith Goldstein founded Humanity in Action in 1997 and has served as its Executive Director ever since. Under Judith’s leadership, Humanity in Action has organized educational programs on international affairs, diversity and human rights in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Denmark, France, Germany, Poland, the Netherlands and the United States. She received her Ph.D in history from Columbia University and was a Woodrow Wilson Scholar for her MA studies. Judith has written several books and articles about European and  American history, art and landscape architecture. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and several boards and advisory groups. 

Anthony Chase

Director of Programs
Anthony Chase serves as Director of Programs at Humanity in Action in New York City. He oversees a number of initiatives, including the Diplomacy and Diversity Fellowship, the annual New York Conference, the John Lewis Fellowship and the Philanthropy and Social Enterprise Fellowship. Previously, he worked for Libraries Without Borders in Paris. Anthony is a graduate of the University of Michigan where he served as a research assistant in urban planning, political science and African studies departments. Anthony is a Humanity in Action Senior Fellow (2011) and grew up in Kalamazoo, Michigan. 


Antje Scheidler

Director of Humanity in Action Germany and International Director of European Programs
Antje Scheidler has been with Humanity in Action since 2002, when she became Program Director of the, then new, German Program. Antje was born in East Germany and has lived for almost her entire life in Berlin, where she experienced the fall of the Berlin Wall as a teenager. Antje studied English and American studies and social sciences at Humboldt University Berlin and the University of Toronto, and became very interested in immigration related issues and matters of social cohesion. She was a researcher at Humboldt University at the Department of Demography from 2000-2007 and an editor-in-chief of the newsletter Migration and Population from 2000-2011. Antje also oversees the European programs of Humanity in Action. 



Monika Mazur-Rafal

National Director and President of the Managing Board of Humanity in Action Poland

W. Churchill once said that attitude is a little thing that makes a big difference. Having witnessed systemic changes in Poland, Monika became fascinated by the politics and studied international relations with a focus on German studies and European integration. As her interests were broad, she graduated with two master's diplomas from the Warsaw University and Warsaw School of Economics/Sciences Politiques Paris. Later on, Monika took part in international exchanges, first at Free University Berlin and then at Humboldt University Berlin doing an internship at the German Bundestag. Since she wanted to find ways of utilizing this knowledge into practice, she started working at the think tank Center for International Relations, and after that in the International Organization for Migration, where she was a researcher of migration policy issues. In 2005, Monika established Humanity in Action in Poland and at the moment she is its President and Director. Apart from her human rights engagement at HIA Poland, Monika is a PhD student at Collegium Civitas, where her thesis is devoted to the Europeanization of Polish migration policy. In her very limited spare time, she enjoys reading, diving and snowboarding. Monika is a passionate dancer.