Jennifer Ritvo Hughes has been appointed as the new CEO of the American Friends of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (AFIPO), starting in August.
In her new role, Hughes will continue the successful work of her predecessor, Danielle Ames Spivak. She will be responsible for overseeing the daily operations, fundraising activities, community engagement, and promotion of the world-renowned Israel Philharmonic Orchestra in the United States.
Expressing her gratitude, Hughes stated, "I am deeply honored to take on the position of CEO for the American Friends of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, an organization that exemplifies the power of music to unite people and transcend boundaries. Together, we will foster cultural exchange, support artistic excellence, and amplify the transformative impact of this iconic orchestra. I eagerly anticipate building bridges of harmony and aiding AFIPO in its continuous growth and success in an ever-changing philanthropic and cultural landscape."
Hughes holds a master's degree in musicology from Brandeis University and has demonstrated strong leadership in various performing arts organizations and initiatives. Notably, she has been involved with the Boston-based chorus, Cantata Singers, and played a pivotal role in establishing Wellesley College's inaugural Arts at Wellesley program.