Victoria Raggs

Committed to dismantling racism and anti-Semitism

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Victoria Raggs is AJOCC's co-founder and Executive Director.  She is a progressive strategist, DEI consultant, disability rights advocate, and lobbyist.

For 15 years she has demonstrated leadership with organizations to build data driven, measurable commitments to racial justice, equity and anti-oppression strategies.  She specializes in mobilizing communities to be their own powerful voices against economic and structural inequalities.

Due to her unique experience navigating multicultural Jews through all aspects of Jewish mainstream living, she is highly regarded as a change agent and trailblazer in and around the Southeast. She strives to align Jewish values to the contemporary American condition. “We have a tradition of  "Tikkun Olam" to uphold; that we should leave the world better than we found it.”  

 

Victoria serves on the JF&CS (Jewish Family & Career Services)

Board of Directors, and on their Board Governance Committee. 

She also serves on  the AJC Atlanta's (American Jewish Committee) Board of Counselors, and is a Co-chair of the Black and Jewish Coalition of Atlanta. 

For two years Victoria has participated as a Core leader with Bend the Arc, Atlanta. 

 The Jewish Women's Fund of Atlanta (JWFA) selected Victoria for their 2020-2021 Agents of Change Cohort. 

 

The mother of four, has been on numerous committees and associations at Jewish Day Schools such as The Atlanta Jewish Academy (formerly The Greenfield Hebrew Academy), The Epstein School, and The Weber Jewish High School.  She and her family are active members of Congregation B’nai Torah synagogue.  She has served on her synagogue's Education, Inclusion, and Sisterhood Committees.  In 2018, she traveled to Israel with the Jewish Women Connect/Momentum trip.

Victoria is also a member of the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival's Programming Committee.

During Advocacy Days at the Georgia State Capital Victoria works as a team lead lobbyist for the Georgia Council on Developmental Disabilities.

 

She holds a BA in Communications from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, and studied for a masters in Education Administration at Virginia Tech University. 

While at Illinois,  Victoria was a four-time NCAA Division I All-American in the sport of Track and Field, and competed in the USA Olympic Trails.

 

Ariel Raggs

Committed to dismantling anti-Semitism, disability injustice, and all forms of hate.

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Ariel is AJOCC's co-founder, and Director of Strategic Engagement. 
She is responsible for shaping and sharing the narrative of our work and will manage the internal and external communications to engage our various audiences and stakeholders. 

Ariel is a Class of 2021 graduate of Chamblee Charter High School.
During high school, she was enrolled in the gifted program where she took honors German classes, and worked as a tutor for German students.   
She also taught for three years as a madricha at Congregation B’nai Torah’s synagogue religious school.


In addition to her duties at AJOCC, this summer Ariel became a first time camp counselor at
Camp Ramah Darom.  

Despite the pandemic, Ariel participated in the 2021 Winter CIE- Center for Israel Education Teen Israel Leadership Institute.

 She was a 2020 Honoree of The Atlanta Jewish Times "18 under 18" Award. At just 18, she is poised to be a next generation thought-leader and engager of diverse ecosystems in cross-cultural context.
 
Ariel was selected to attend the 2020 Justice Robert Benham Law Camp, for future attorneys.  She plans to study law and public policy to move the needle forward breaking down systemic racial & economic barriers toward a more just society.
 
Ariel is passionate about the political process. From 2017- 2020, she has worked on the political campaigns of candidates such as Lucy McBath, Jon Ossoff, Raphael Warnock and  President Biden.
In 2019, Ariel traveled to Washington D.C., as a member of the AJC - American Jewish Committee’s Leaders For Tomorrow (LFT) program to meet diplomats and lobby against anti-Semitism.

During the 2019 Atlanta Maccabbi Games, Ariel was Co-Captain of the Track and Field Team, and broke four meet records.  She made history by being the first Maccabbi athlete to ever take home an unprecedented nine medals.

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