Anya Rous is the Manager of Strategic Relationships at Just Vision, an organization that creates documentary films, multimedia and educational tools profiling Palestinian and Israeli civilians working nonviolently to end the occupation and resolve the conflict. Anya oversees Just Vision’s supporter engagement strategy. She works closely with the Executive Director and members of the Board in expanding and deepening the contributions of our supporter base to fund the growth and increased capacity of Just Vision.
Prior to this role, Anya worked in the Jewish Life and Values Program at the Nathan Cummings Foundation, which aims to build the Jewish social justice movement and the field of Jewish service, seeks to amplify a progressive religious voice in America, advance a peaceful and just resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, build a cross-sector environmental movement and further women as agents of change in Israel. Before her tenure at Cummings, Anya coordinated the Galveston Movement Outreach Project, as part of Forgotten Gateway: Coming to America through Galveston Island, a nationally traveling exhibit on immigration produced by the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin, Texas. She was responsible for coordinating a seven state oral history project, gathering, transcribing, and analyzing over 100 interviews and conducting extensive archival research on the Galveston Movement.
Anya is member of North Star Fund’s Community Funding Committee, Donor Programs Advisory Council, Resource Generation, and Jews for Racial and Economic Justice (JFREJ). In 2010, she served as JFREJ’s co-chair for the Housing Justice Campaign, which employs outreach, direct action, political education, and arts and cultural work to mobilize members and organize NYC residents to demand more truly affordable housing and accountable public development.
Anya graduated University of Texas at Austin in 2006, with an honors degree from the Plan II and English programs, and a concentration in women’s and gender studies. She wrote her senior thesis on David Grossman’s fictional works See: Under Love and the Book of Intimate Grammar, exploring the use of child protagonists as a means to examine Zionist narratives and Israeli history.