My hero is Ruth W. Messinger, who is the former New York City Council Member, Manhattan Borough President, and now president of the American Jewish World Service (AJWS). In my own thirty-plus years of public service, no one has been more intelligent, dedicated, compassionate and effective, shown such unwavering integrity, or believed so deeply in our capacity to heal the world. On the challenges of the eighties and the nineties—HIV/AIDS, homelessness, illegal evictions, waterfront access, neighborhood preservation, maintaining mom and pop businesses, and property tax reform—Ruth’s ideas led the way. Today, her passion and ideas have made the AJWS a force for First-world food reform, Third-world micro-economics, and child sustenance. Her incomparable stamina, compassion, and spirit continue to touch millions of lives, and she is a living inspiration to us all.