Yossi Heymann was appointed Executive Director of JDC-Eshel in May 2014. Yossi comes to JDC-Eshel from the municipality of Jerusalem – Israel’s largest and most complex city by virtue of its demographic, religious and socioeconomic diversity. As the city’s Director-General, he managed an 8,000-strong workforce and oversaw a total budget of some 5.6 billion NIS. During his tenure, Yossi lead a reform in the way that the city formulates its annual work plan and conducts ongoing outcome evaluations and assessments.
Prior to his work in the Jerusalem municipality, Yossi had an impressive army career, reaching the rank of brigadier general. From 2007 to 2010, Yossi served as head of the Strategic Planning Division in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). In this position, he managed three areas within the IDF’s general command: strategic planning, international defense cooperation, and military liaison. He was previously an instructor at the National Defense College, the Chief Officer of the Infantry and Paratroopers, and commander of the IDF Officer’s School. Yossi started his army service in the infantry, where he rose from platoon to division commander.
Yossi earned a B.Sc. in economics and management from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, and an M.A. in political science from the University of Haifa. He lives with his wife and three children in Mevaseret Zion, near Jerusalem. A devoted marathon runner, Yossi is also a volunteer escort for visually disabled long-distance runners.