Welcoming Jennifer Ritvo Hughes as our New CEO and Expressing Gratitude to Danielle Ames Spivak

We hope this message finds you well, filled with anticipation for the exciting future ahead. Today, we bid farewell to a remarkable leader and warmly welcome a new CEO who will undoubtedly guide us to new heights.

After years of dedicated service, Danielle Ames Spivak is stepping down from her role as Executive Vice President and CEO of AFIPO. Danielle’s visionary leadership, unwavering commitment, and extraordinary contributions have been instrumental in the growth and success of our organization. Under her guidance, AFIPO has flourished, elevating the IPO’s prominence and fostering cultural connections that transcend borders. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to Danielle and wish her continued success in her future endeavors.

With this transition, we are delighted to announce that Jennifer Ritvo Hughes will be assuming the role of CEO. Jennifer brings with her a wealth of experience and a deep passion for the arts. Her impressive background in arts management, dedication to fostering cultural exchange, and reputation as an innovator make her the perfect leader to grow AFIPO’s visibility and reach.

Please join us in expressing our warmest appreciation to Danielle and extending a warm welcome to Jennifer, and find a personal message from both Danielle and Jennifer below.

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Danielle Ames SpivakAs I step down as CEO to spend more time with my family, I’m overwhelmed with love for the friends I have made. The last 12 years with AFIPO have been fulfilling and meaningful and I look forward to staying involved as a member of the American Friends of the Israel Philharmonic.

Danielle Ames Spivak

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Jennifer Ritvo HughesThank you all for the warm welcome – I look forward to working with you in the years ahead to help AFIPO continue to grow and thrive in a rapidly evolving philanthropic and cultural landscape. As I get to know AFIPO, your perspective – the opportunities, the challenges, the networks, the reasons you dedicate your own time and resources – will be of great value in bringing me on board.

Warm wishes,
Jennifer Ritvo Hughes

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