JVS Boston Appoints David A. Fleishman as New CEO

Newton School Superintendent to run Region’s Largest Provider of Workforce Development Services

BOSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Jewish Vocational Service Boston (JVS Boston), one of New England’s largest providers of adult education and workforce development services, has named David A. Fleishman as CEO. Fleishman joins JVS Boston after serving 12 years as the Superintendent of Schools for the City of Newton.

“During the six-month, extensive search process conducted by DRG Search firm, we were impressed with David’s compelling strategic vision for JVS and his experience leading large mission-focused organizations,” said JVS Boston Board Chair Joe Zeff. “David’s leadership will be marked by fresh ideas, a deep commitment to our mission and a focus on engaging our entire community.”

“I see JVS as a natural extension of my previous work and passion for developing, supporting, and amplifying innovative programs to address issues of equity and social justice,” said Fleishman. “As a public school leader, I always sought to lift all learners and their families to ensure that they had the support and skills to succeed. I was drawn to JVS for its adaptability and innovation, which are essential in achieving equitable outcomes for clients. I am excited to begin this new chapter and work with a great team.”

“At his core, David is an individual who is committed to education, equity and inclusion and collaboration – all traits that are foundational to JVS. His creation of a department of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Newton Public Schools is viewed as a statewide model,” added Zeff.

Prior to his service with the Newton Public Schools, a district with 22 schools, 13,000, students, 2,500 staff members, and a $240 million budget, Fleishman served as the Superintendent of the Chappaqua (NY) school system for five years, and as an assistant superintendent of schools with the Wellesley Public Schools and Ossining (NY) Union Free School District. Earlier in his career, he served as a social studies teacher, director of a school-to-career internship program, and an education policy advisor. He holds degrees from Connecticut College (BA, Government), Harvard University Graduate School of Education (Ed.M., Administration, Planning and Social Policy) and Columbia University, Teachers College (Ed.D., Educational Administration).

Fleishman succeeds longtime CEO Jerry Rubin, who retired from JVS Boston this month. In September, Rubin will join the Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School as a visiting fellow with the Center’s Project on Workforce.

With a budget of $20 million, JVS Boston employs 200 people, and helps at least 15,000 people every year, most of them adult immigrants enter the dramatically altered job market through its vast education and training programs. JVS Boston’s unique long-term partnerships with employers connects individuals to quality jobs that offer an ideal fit and have the potential to lead to meaningful careers.

About JVS Boston

Jewish Vocational Service (JVS) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, nonsectarian organization founded in 1938. JVS serves more than 16,000 individuals annually and is one of the largest community-based providers of adult education and workforce development services in New England. JVS’s mission is to empower individuals from diverse communities to find employment and build careers, while partnering with employers to hire, develop, and retain productive workforces. In support of this mission, JVS provides a wide range of adult education, vocational training, job readiness, career counseling, and job placement services, as well as related supportive services.


Lidi Chea

Communications Manager, JVS Boston