Shelly Pitterman

Senior Vice President, Global Programs


Sheldon Pitterman joined HIAS in 2017 as Senior Vice President, Global Programs, in which he ensures alignment between HIAS's domestic and international programs and the agency's mission, vision and objectives.

He came to HIAS with many years of experience in senior positions with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), where he was the Representative of the High Commissioner to the United States and the Caribbean, based in Washington, D.C.  He served in several other leadership positions at UNHCR, including the Director of Human Resources Management; the Director of the Regional Service Center for East Africa, the Great Lakes and the Horn of Africa; and also was the head of numerous UNHCR offices in sub-Saharan Africa.  From 2005 to 2008, Shelly was Director of Operations for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA), based in Amman, Jordan.  

He is a graduate of Brandeis University and holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Northwestern University.