Howie Beigelman, Ohio Jewish Communities

Howie BeigelmanHowie Beigelman has over fifteen years of experience at the intersection of nonprofit advocacy and Jewish communal affairs.  As Executive Director of Ohio Jewish Communities, he works to advocate for vital human services needs in both Columbus and Washington, DC, with a focus on health and long term care, community services to the aging and those in need, safety and security, and chartered nonpublic schools,  while educating elected officials and policymakers on key public affairs issues, including support for Israel, divestment from Iran’s energy sector, and Holocaust remembrance.  

An attorney by training, he got his real start in politics by serving as Deputy Research Director for New York Governor George Pataki’s 2002 re-election.  He later served in the Pataki Administration as part of the press and communications shop, including time as a speechwriter.  Then he joined the Orthodox Union, an international nonprofit, as founding state affairs professional at its nonpartisan public policy arm (then known as the Institute for Public Affairs, and now OU Advocacy), where he increased the OU’s political footprint in statehouses and legislatures across North America.  There, he also staffed interfaith dialogue with the US Conference of Catholic Bishops.     

Howie has a JD from Georgetown University where his two favorite professors were Rabbi David Saperstein, now Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom and the late human rights
activist, Father Robert Drinan, SJ.  Howie earned his undergraduate degree in History from Yeshiva