OUR FOUNDER & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Arielle KandelArielle Kandel

Arielle’s paternal grandparents were Jewish immigrants from Poland and Germany; they arrived in New York in 1937, after a long boat trip across the Atlantic. Her father later immigrated to France, where he met her mother, and Arielle was born and raised in Paris.

Arielle Kandel holds a Master’s Degree in Law (“Maîtrise”) with a specialization in Humanitarian Action and International Law from the University of Aix-Marseille III (France).

Arielle’s long-time involvement in the nonprofit sector began during her law studies, when she interned as a legal assistant at an association of help for victims of crime. After completing her Bachelor’s Degree, she volunteered for several months at a local non-profit in northern India, teaching English and basic computer skills to a group of young Tibetan refugees. In Israel, she worked as a legal assistant at the African Refugee Development Center (ARDC), a nonprofit organization providing support and advocacy to African asylum seekers and other migrants. She also served for nearly four years as a Fellow at a Jerusalem-based think tank, conducting research and analysis and developing key assessments and action strategies for decision makers on foreign policy and issues related to diaspora and transnationalism.

As a daughter and grand-daughter of immigrants and refugees, Arielle is strongly dedicated to helping immigrants and refugees, young women in particular, better integrate their host country and achieve their potential, and she hopes to succeed in building a sustainable nonprofit organization that will serve this purpose in New York City.

Arielle is a 2015 Agents of Change of the Centre for Social Innovation in Chelsea, and a 2016 Fellow of the PresenTense NYC Fellowship.

Arielle enjoys good conversation and stinky French cheese, adventurous treks and backpacking trips, and is a dance and theater lover.