Melanie Roth Gorelick, Senior Vice President

by Jared Feldman

Melanie Roth Gorelick, Senior Vice President of the Jewish Council of Public Affairs (JCPA),  joined the organization in May 2016.

Prior to coming on board she was the Director of the Community Relations Committee of Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ where she has been on staff since 2006.  The CRC is the public affairs, public policy and advocacy department of the Federation. Among her many responsibilities within her portfolio, Melanie has launched a NJ Coalition Against Human Trafficking, implemented a successful Step Up For Israel advocacy and education program, ran a statewide Stop Iran Now Campaign in New Jersey, and was the Co-Convener of the NJ Coalition Responds to the Crisis in Darfur. Melanie has a strong background in advocacy on international human rights issues. Melanie also oversees the government affairs work of Greater MetroWest and represents the Jewish community to county, State and Congressional elected officials. 

Melanie has received the Essex County Stars Award in 2012 from Essex County Celebrates Jewish Heritage Month, the JCPA Program Excellence Award, 2014, and the  Outstanding Human Rights Community Activist 2014 from the Human Rights Institute at Kean University.

Her prior experience includes working as the Communications and Advocacy Manager at the UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), an Associate in the Program and Policy Department of the American Association of University Women (AAUW), and Program Assistant at the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service.

Melanie Roth Gorelick lives in Livingston NJ.  She has two college age daughters Shira and Shoshana Gorelick. Melanie has a BA from Hobart and William Smith where she graduated in 1986 with Honors while majoring in Political Science and minoring in Sociology.


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Jared Feldman