Liora Norwich comes to the Network with over 15 years experience in the nonprofit sector and a deep passion for advancing equity, inclusion, and diversity. She has significant expertise in program planning and evaluation, coalition building, community outreach, volunteer engagement, and development, including teaching workshops and courses on fundraising.
A Canadian by birth, Liora spent a decade in Israel and Palestine, working with local partners and international organizations to advance social justice and civic engagement through integrated community development initiatives with Palestinian, Israeli, and Bedouin organizations. While there she had the privilege of helping to launch Israel’s first community development studies master’s program, Glocal, at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Since moving to Boston in 2014 Liora has worked with and consulted for a diverse subset of mission-driven organizations, including Jewish Vocational Services, the CARE Research Center (Community Access, Recruitment and Engagement Center at Mass General), the Social Innovation Forum, and most recently, Hostelling International USA (HI Boston).
Liora holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (2014) and an MBA in nonprofit management from the Heller School at Brandeis University (2018). She is passionate about teaching and community education, and she has been a lecturer at Brandeis University, the Hebrew University, and Concordia University in Montreal.
“I’m honored to be coming to an organization with such a rich history of building inclusive community through the celebration of diversity and social justice,” Liora expressed. “I’m looking forward to learning and advocating alongside everyone in the Network, and together finding new ways to meaningfully engage as a community around the social, cultural and political issues that concern us all.”
Liora lives with her husband and daughter in Belmont. She is an amateur ceramist and cook, and believes in the power of both art and culinary exchange to break down barriers between people and facilitate dialogue.