Lisa Lepson has extensive experience building start-up non-profits and for-profits with a social mission. While serving as the executive director of Joshua Venture Group, in 2011, she designed and taught the first course on Social Entrepreneurship for the Genesis Program at Brandeis University.
Previously, Lisa served as the global director of non-profit services at RockCorps, a social venture dedicated to engaging youth in volunteerism through the power of music. In this role, she established a department that developed more than 400 volunteer service projects with over 300 non-profits in three countries, engaging a total of 45,000 volunteers. Prior to RockCorps, Lisa served as the director of employer partnerships for San Francisco-based Upwardly Global, a social entrepreneurial organization that brings under-employed immigrant professional and employers together. There, she created revenue-generating relationships with corporate and public sector employers.
Lisa served as the founding president of Exhale, which provides services, training, and education to empower individuals, families, and communities to achieve post-abortion health. Lisa guided Exhale from an all-volunteer structure to a professionally run organization and currently serves on its National Advisory Council. Her organizational development and non-profit management experience also includes board membership of Killing My Lobster Theater Project and stints with Berkeley Hillel, San Francisco AIDSWalk, Juma Ventures, and Net Impact.
Born and bred in Brooklyn, Lisa’s career began in the Jewish community as a teacher’s assistant at the East Midwood Jewish Center while in high school. After college, Lisa worked at Lilith Magazine as an editorial intern and an outreach coordinator for programming aimed at unaffiliated young Jews in New York City. Lisa has traveled extensively in Africa, the Americas, Asia, and Europe and holds an MBA from The Anderson School at UCLA and a BA in Comparative Literature in Hebrew, French, and English from Brown University.
Program & Operations Officer
Jenny Kibrit Smith has been committed to advancing the work of social mission organizations for more than ten years. Most recently, she conducted field interviews and managed data collection for a consulting team contracted by UJA-Federation of New York’s Commission on Jewish Identity and Renewal to identify strategies for engaging young Jewish families. Prior to her consulting work, Jenny managed special projects in constituent communications and public relations at Mayyim Hayyim, an innovative mikveh and education center in Newton, MA. She has coordinated and facilitated community service learning projects for high school students attending the Genesis summer program at Brandeis University, as well as developed and implemented engagement programming for college students through Hillel at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
Originally from the northwest suburbs of Chicago, Jenny holds an MBA in Social Policy and Management and an MA in Jewish Professional Leadership from Brandeis University, as well as a BA in International Studies and Spanish Language from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
Sarah Wolk is excited to be joining the JVG team this fall. She has just completed two years as an Education Fellow at Yeshivat Hadar, an educational institution that empowers Jews to create and sustain vibrant, practicing, egalitarian communities of Torah learning, prayer, and service. In a summer spent at the Yiddish Farm Education Center, Sarah learned Yiddish from scratch in just three months, tried her hand at organic farming, and developed a keen interest in the operations side of nonprofit organizations. She returned to the farm last summer as Managing Director where she served as a strategic and organizational adviser to the executive team and managed many aspects of the immersive language program. In the past, she has been involved in Diversity Workshops, Hillel, and community organizing.
Originally from the Maryland suburbs of Washington, DC, Sarah is currently a proud resident of Washington Heights. She holds a BA in Judaic Studies from Brown University.