Meet Stosh Cotler

January 8, 2014

Bend the Arc is excited about our new CEO, Stosh Cotler. (Other folks are, too!)

As CEO Stosh will lead Bend the Arc through new phases of growth in the days ahead. Previously, as our Executive Vice President, Stosh oversaw the evolution and expansion of Bend the Arc into who we are today: the leading Jewish advocacy organization dedicated to solving the most pressing domestic issues of our time. Here’s more about Stosh's incredible history of leadership.

Meet Bend the Arc's Incoming CEO

Stosh Cotler

From Coordinator to CEO

When Stosh joined our staff eight and half years ago, there were about a dozen staffers in one office in New York City. Today, three times as many Bend the Arc staffers work in six cities across the country. That growth is due in no small part to the work of Stosh as she has risen through the ranks, from her first position as program coordinator to her current position as EVP. Along the way she's launched programs, overseen expansion, and transformed the organization's culture.


Stosh has helped shape the vision of Bend the Arc as the nation’s pre-eminent Jewish advocacy organization on domestic issues. In managing our expansion into local chapter development and online base-building — one of the largest such expansions in the Jewish community — Stosh is working with our staff and board to empower America's progressive Jewish community to make this nation one which honors the dignity of all people. 

Trainer, Facilitator, Leader

Since Stosh launched our Selah Leadership Program in 2004, it has become the best-in-class leadership training in the Jewish community. Over 300 CEOs, founders, and senior staff of Jewish, non-Jewish, and secular organizations have completed the program and are part of an impressive network of innovative and inspiring alumni. Of the 26 member organizations of the Jewish Social Justice Roundtable, half of their CEOs have participated in Selah. Stosh has inspired people to become transformative leaders who enable personal sustainability, effective visioning, and community building.

She's Got a Black Belt

It's true, Stosh has a Black Belt in Kung Fu. (Thankfully for us, when disputes arise she chooses to use her excellent facilitation and mediation skills.) Stosh has shown the same kind of focus and discipline it takes to get a black belt in her work at Bend the Arc and in her other accomplishments. Stosh was the founder and director of an anti-violence organization for women and youth called Open Hand. A beloved community institution in Portland, the center educated women in self-defense and violence prevention and advocated for policies supporting women and girls. 

Partnerships and Collaborations

In her years of leadership at Bend the Arc, Stosh has personally overseen some of the organization’s most successful national growth strategies, including strategic mergers and our affiliations with Jews United for Justice in Washington, DC and Jewish Community Action in Minnesota. She works tirelessly to bring people together to unite around common goals. At the same time, Stosh has also served on the Leadership Team of the Jewish Social Justice Roundtable, helping to strengthen the entire field and grow the movement.

We could go on (and on) about how much Stosh has accomplished at Bend the Arc. Suffice it to say, our staff, board and partners are all very excited to work with Stosh in her new role in February. Continue reading more through the links below or share this page on Facebook to welcome Stosh Cotler as Bend the Arc’s new CEO.


Learn More About Stosh's Work at Bend the Arc

Read Stosh Cotler's Bio

Read our announcement about Stosh's Promotion

14 Jewish Women to Watch in 2014

Read why The Forward thinks Stosh is a woman to watch this year