Hillel International today named Mimi Lee Kravetz as the organization’s first Chief Talent Officer. Kravetz joins Hillel from Google, where she serves as a human resources marketing executive focused on bringing top talent to the company. In her new role, Kravetz will bring her experience with Google’s innovative People Operations team to Hillel as she oversees the organization’s objective to become a “best place to work,” including attracting and developing the next generation of Jewish professionals. She will begin work in August.
“Hillel International is committed to hiring and promoting the most engaging Jewish professionals who inspire students to make an enduring commitment to Jewish life, learning and Israel,” said Hillel International President and CEO Eric Fingerhut. “Mimi Kravetz has proven through her entire professional career – beginning as a Jewish Campus Service Corps Fellow at Stanford Hillel through her time at Google – that she is the right person to lead the effort to recruit, train and grow those professionals.”
Excellence in recruiting and developing talent is one of the three pillars of Hillel International’s five-year “Drive to Excellence” Strategic Plan. As part of Hillel International’s growth, Kravetz will launch a West Coast office, based in the San Francisco Bay area, to give Hillel International a wider reach across the country and to facilitate the important work already happening at Hillels on the West Coast and in neighboring states.
During her time as an executive at Google, Kravetz oversaw Employment Branding, showing the world what it means to work at Google in a way that attracts the right top talent to join and stay. She managed Google.com/careers, maximizing the impact of Google’s online recruiting, unveiled Google’s diversity data to increase transparency on diversity in the tech industry, and launched the re:Work initiative to convene a conversation about the changing nature of work in the 21st century.
Google’s approach to human resources is the subject of a highly touted new book, “Work Rules!,” by Laszlo Bock, Google’s Senior Vice President for People Operations. Kravetz worked closely with Bock and his team on using the book and re:Work events to make the work experience better worldwide by advocating for innovative best practices, including giving employees increased freedom and measuring all people outcomes. She will bring these perspectives to her new role with Hillel International.
“Hillel is doing essential work, inspiring Jewish students to live meaningful lives,” Kravetz said. “We need to attract more top professionals to do this work, build a culture that drives them to stay, and give them the freedom, support, knowledge and tools to advance this important goal. I couldn't be more excited to be tasked with this critical challenge.”
The new Chief Talent Officer position builds on the organization’s efforts to create policies and practices designed to foster a new cohort of Jewish leaders and professionals. These policies include Hillel International’s recent adoption of a family leave policy recognized as exemplary by Advancing Women Professionals and the Jewish Community and the creation of the Talent Alliance that allows young workers to maintain their seniority as they transition between several major Jewish organizations. Hillel International also recently announced an expansion of Weinberg ACCELERATE, Hillel’s executive training program.
Kravetz began her career with Hillel as a Jewish Campus Service Corps Fellow and will combine both her deep roots in the Jewish community and her years of experience in the business world when she returns to Hillel International.
She previously led marketing for Google for Nonprofits, as well as spearheaded several projects connected to the Jewish world, including partnering with the Israel Museum to bring the Dead Sea Scrolls online and with Yad Vashem to bring their photo collections to the web. Before Google, Kravetz was a product manager at American Express in New York City.
Kravetz has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from Tufts University with a dual major in Judaic Studies and International Relations focused on the Middle East. She resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and two young children.