Alma Gadot Perez
Founder and Vision Enabler
Alma is an accomplished executive, with over a decade of experience in key positions in dynamic, innovative and rapidly growing organizations in Israel and the US. In each of her positions she successfully identified emerging trends and ideas, built programs and developed internal capacities that enabled teams to quickly learn, expand and execute at high levels.
Today Alma heads the Intangible Heritage field for the government of Israel (Ministry of Jerusalem and Heritage). She oversees a portfolio of over 50 million NIS, leads strategy and builds partnerships in the digital and intangible heritage spaces. Alma collaborates with other government units and prominent national heritage institutions to promote digital transformation projects, rescue and preservation of objects, stories and knowledge; and more.
Here, as the head of Shelanu, Alma serves as a vision enabler, with a passion for excellence and innovation. She helps organizations and people of vision realize their goals and achieve high standards.
Alma has been working with individuals, helping them move from vision to action. She has been helping funders and their grantees to define, test drive and execute their own social impact in Israel. Serving as a thought partner and a local expert to clients such as giving circles (Natan Fund, NYC); established foundations (Van Leer, NL); Jewish Federations (UJA-Federation of New York) and individual philanthropists (UK).
Alma worked for prominent think‐tanks such as the Israel Democracy Institute and the Milken Institute. At Milken, Alma served as the Israel Center’s first Director General in Israel. She grew the center from an emerging idea to a year-round Israel-based operation. She took part in the design and execution of Milken Institute’s renowned annual conference, tailored gatherings and financial innovation labs. She also designed and grew The Institute’s prestigious fellows program.
At JDC Israel Institute for Leadership and Governance (ELKA) Alma focused on regional strategy and social finance. She also coordinated the national program for knowledge management and organizational learning in social services at the Israeli Ministry of Social Affairs' Strategic Planning Division.
Alma earned an M.A. in Public Policy from the Hebrew University’s Federmann School of Government and Policy honors program. She is a Schusterman Senior Fellow and a member of the Schusterman ROI Community. Alma lives with her husband and two sons in Modiin, Israel.