Yoel Siegel PhD. – Community Building in a Global Society
Planning, consulting, and project management for community development
Dr. Siegel was born in Newton, Mass. in 1949 and has been living in Israel since 1975. Initially he lived in Safed, where his two children were born. During that time, he worked as a community center branch director and then as Project Renewal director. The ties formed with the twinned community of Monmouth County N.J. led to his working as assistant director of the Federation and “informal” Shaliach during the year 1982/3. Upon returning to Israel, Dr. Siegel worked for the JDC as area head of community development and then went on to establish the Center for Local Economic Development for the Union of Local Authorities.
Since 1992, Dr. Siegel has been working as a private consultant and project manager in the field of community development. His specialization is local development linking social dynamics with urban/rural economic advancement.
He is currently involved in a variety of projects, including coordinating the Jerusalem regional ecosystem management initiative “URBIS”, international development projects in Africa and the Pacific Islands, public private ventures for developing industrial parks, Arab – Jewish partnerships for economic development, community-based employment services for rural communities in Israel, strategic development plans for regional municipalities, and developing community development tools for welfare departments.
Dr. Siegel received his PhD from the University of Sussex in England.
Current Academic Affiliations:
o Ben Gurion University: Lecturer Community Development; Senior Supervisor for Community Work Field trainers
o Sussex University: Associate of the Center for International Education
o Board of Directors, Jerusalem Business Support Center
o Board of Directors, Vertigo – Dance troupe and Eco-art village
o Executive Committee of New Israel Fund
o Chairment of Shatil – Support Services for social change NGO’s
o Board of the National Association for Community Education
o Board of the Ramot-Jerusalem Community and Neighborhood Management Center
In his free time, Yoel is an avid mountain biker.