Romy Shapira coordinates the foundation's work in the issue areas of Gender and Democracy. Prior to joining HBF, she served as the first coordinator of the International Women’s Commission (IWC) for a Just and Sustainable Palestinian-Israeli Peace, where she later became a board member. She has extensive experience in program development, strategic planning, project coordination and group facilitation. Ms. Shapira is deeply committed to social change initiatives in Israel and has worked and served on boards of organizations such as the Hotline for Migrant Workers, The Association for Civil Rights in Israel, Museum on the Seam, Turning the Tables and more. Romy holds a Bachelors degree in Economics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a Masters degree in Sociology and Anthropology from Tel-Aviv University, and is currently a PhD student at Tel Aviv University’s school of Environmental Studies.