Heidi Basch-Harod

Executive Director

Contact Heidi: heidi@womensvoicesnow.org

Heidi's career as a human rights activist and professional began with her involvement as a volunteer coordinator and project manager for the U.S. office of the Tibetan Nuns Project. In 2003, she served as an intern in the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission (previously the U.S. Congressional Human Rights Caucus) in Washington D.C., and was then hired as a congressional staff assistant for Rep. Tom Lantos.

In her work with the U.S. Congress (2003-06), Heidi served as a non-immigrant visa specialist in the Lantos District Office (CA-12), as well as assisted with international human rights casework. In 2007 she began working with the Palestine-Israel Journal in East Jerusalem, where she launched the Journal's first online blog. Heidi is the author of numerous print and online articles and op-eds examining the women in the Middle East and North Africa (especially Kurdish women of Turkey and Syria), and the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Heidi has served as the executive director of Women’s Voices Now since 2012, in which capacity she created and is co-editor of The WVoice. Heidi is a junior researcher at the Moshe Dayan Center for Middle Eastern and African Studies at Tel Aviv University. She holds an MA in Middle Eastern and African Studies from Tel Aviv University (2013), an MA in Public Policy from New England College (2007), and a BA in Political Science from UC Berkeley (2003), with a double minor in Peace and Conflict Studies, and Religious Studies.