Dr. William Recant      
Government Affairs/Disaster Relief/Expert/Assistant Executive VP, American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) 

Dr. Recant serves as the senior staff person regarding all of JDC’s non-sectarian programs and directs JDC’s Government Affairs program. He is one of America’s top experts in the field of international   relations, disaster relief, and development. With more than three decades of work in global development and crisis management, Recant has successfully directed relief efforts and disaster assistance programs for the JDC in Japan, Haiti, Kosovo, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Cuba and countries affected by the Indian Ocean Tsunami. 

Dr. Recant has advised and briefed U.S. Presidents, government agencies, members of Congress, local, national, international government officials,and embassy staff, as well as community leaders and academics. A highly sought-after source on crisis response, he has appeared in TV, print, and radio, discussing the rescue and relief of distressed populations, international disaster response and 
preparedness, and global volunteerism. 

Dr. Recant holds both a Master’s Degree and a Ph.D. in Political Science from George Washington University. 

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