Jewish Federations Launch New Executive Accelerator Program

Jewish Federations of North America are proud to announce the inaugural cohort of the Jewish Federations of North America's Executive Accelerator, a new program designed to equip emerging leaders with the resources, network and coaching to competently and confidently grow into c-suite roles. Thanks to a generous investment from the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Foundation, participants will engage in a carefully curated year-long experience, growing their leadership presence and capacities through applied learning.  


Shira Hutt, Jewish Federations’ executive vice president, champions the Executive Accelerator as an “investment in talent, creating a pipeline for premier leadership across the Federation system.” This selective program will combine professional development, applied learning, cohort experiences, mentorship, Jewish learning and coaching to equip professionals with the tools, resources, and the networks to chart their path forward in the Federation system and to advance flourishing Jewish communities into the future. 


To learn more about Jewish Federations’ Executive Accelerator click here or contact Rebecca Ruberg, Senior Director for Executive Recruitment.  


Meet the Inaugural Cohort: 

Tziporah Altman-Shafer, Vice President of Jewish Life and Learning, Milwaukee Jewish Federation 
Gabe Bloomfield, Director of the Executive Office, Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver
Jean Cooney, Vice President, Finance, Combined Jewish Philanthropies 
Ali Duhan, Director, Young Adult Division, The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore 
Rebecca Engel, Chief Development Officer, Charleston Jewish Federation
Nicole Erdfrocht, Director, Philanthropic Engagement, Greater Miami Jewish Federation 
Naomi Fein, Director, Business Operations, The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington 
Dara Fersel, Director of Experiences, Amplifier, Jewish Federations of North America 
Hallie Freed, Vice President Innovations and Programs, Jewish Federation of Greater Toledo 
Annie Garrett, Senior Director of Planning, Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta 
Sarina Gerson, Associate Vice President, Community Outreach and Engagement, The Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago
Hermione Gilpin, Chief Development Officer, The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee   
Annie Glickman, Campaign Director, The Jewish Federation of Greater Kansas City 
Carly Glikman, Senior Director of Campaign, Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas 
Leah Goldman, Chief Planning and Programming Officer, Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester 
Pearl Goodman, Senior Philanthropic Advisor, Jewish Foundation of Greater Toronto 
Charlene Green, Director, Changemakers Leadership Development, Jewish Federations of North America 
Douglas Greene, Government Affairs & Public Relations Associate, Jewish Federation of Greater Charlotte 
Alachua Haskins, Learning and Engagement Director, Shalom Austin 
Brian Hoffman, Associate Director of Planned Giving and Endowment, Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis 
Lena Katsnelson, Director, Lawyers Division, UJA-Federation of New York 
Jill Komm, Chief Creative Officer, Buffalo Jewish Federation 
Carly Lobenstein, Chief Marketing and Engagement Officer, Jewish Federation of San Diego County 
Leah Markowicz, Senior Director, Campaign, Jewish Federation of Cleveland 
Elina Mazo, Director of Donor Engagement, Jewish Federation of Greater Charlotte 
Florina Newcomb, Assistant Executive Director, The Birmingham Jewish Federation 
Joshua Otis, Social Services and Community Innovation Director, UJA Federation of Greater Toronto
Jenna Raimist, Annual Campaign Director, JEWISHcolorado 
Isabella Silberg, Director of Development and Programming, Jewish Federation of Tulsa 
Tori Schwartz, Associate Director of Development, Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle
Sabrina Townsend, Associate VP, Evaluation and Quality Improvement, The Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago
Megan Weintraub, Chief Philanthropy Officer, Jewish Nevada 
Hadar Weiss, Senior Director, Institutional Advancement, Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey 
Shayna Weiss, Major Gifts Officer, Greater Miami Jewish Federation 
Shani Wilkes, Associate Vice President, Research and Evaluation, Combined Jewish Philanthropies 


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