Jonathan Horowitz is a Senior Program Officer with The Klarman Family Foundation in Boston. He previously managed economic opportunity grantmaking as a Vice President with the JPMorgan Chase Foundation. Prior to joining the JPMC Foundation, Jonathan served as a Program Officer in the firm’s Private Bank, managing grantmaking programs across a diverse range of funding areas, including arts and culture, education, workforce development and capacity building for the nonprofit sector. Before coming to JPMorgan Chase, he developed philanthropic initiatives for the Jewish Funders Network and served as the Meyerhoff Fellow for Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life. In addition to Joshua Venture Group, Jonathan serves of the boards of Hillel at Brandeis University and Slingshot Fund, and Joshua Venture Group, a fellowship for social entrepreneurs. He has served as co-chair of New York Grantmakers in the Arts and on the executive committee of the New York City Workforce Funders. Jonathan has a MPA from New York University and a B.A. in Politics and English from Brandeis University.
Benjamin Weinstein is the Co-Chief Investment Ofﬁcer of Korenvaes Capital. Benjamin joined the event-driven arbitrage desk at HBK Investments in 1998. In 2006, he was promoted to head the US event-driven arbitrage efforts, where he managed assets ranging from $500 million to over $900 million before his departure in 2007. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and graduated from Harvard with a degree in Applied Mathematics/Economics. Benjamin is a Wexner Heritage participant and is active in Israel Bonds (Dallas) and the Dallas Jewish Federation. In the past, Benjamin participated in the ADL Leadership Program and AIPAC’s New Leadership Network. He is also a former board member of Congregation Shearith Israel. Benjamin has lived in Dallas since 1998. He and his wife have two children.
Amy Born has over 10 years of professional experience in the field of organizational development both as a consultant and in roles internal to organizations. She currently works part time for two consulting firms, one focuses on leadership in public education and the other focuses on leadership in the private sector and federal government. Amy previously worked for City Year Headquarters as Director of Talent Acquisition and Development. Prior to City Year, Amy was a consultant at Hay Group (now Korn Ferry Hay Group) in their Leadership and Talent practice. Amy also worked a Hillel International where she focused on building leadership capabilities of students and professionals. Amy currently serves on the board of Hillel International and Joshua Venture Group. She is a certified yoga instructor, and lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband and young son. Amy holds a Bachelor of Arts from Washington University in St. Louis and is very close to completing her Masters in Social and Organizational Psychology at Columbia University’s Teachers College.
Rabbi Sarah Bassin serves as the assistant rabbi of Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills where she oversees the Temple’s community engagement strategy and young professional community. She comes to synagogue life from LA-based NewGround, a Muslim-Jewish Partnership for Change, where she served as Executive Director for the past three years. Under Rabbi Bassin’s leadership, NewGround was named one of the 50 Most Innovative and Inspiring Organizations in the Jewish Community by the prestigious Slingshot guide and Faith-Based Organization of the Year by the State of California for its high school leadership program. In addition, Rabbi Bassin was named as one of online magazine Splashlife’s list of 30 people under the age of 30 to watch in civic leadership. Her breadth of rabbinic, teaching and community service experience includes work with the School of Jewish Nonprofit Management at Hebrew Union College as their mentorship program coordinator, with USC as a Teaching Assistant in Jewish History, as a Rabbinic Intern with the Board of Rabbis of Southern California, and as Hospital Chaplain at UCLA’s Santa Monica Health Center.
Adam Blanck is the 3rd generation of his family to work at Wallside Windows, a replacement window company founded by his grandfather in 1944 that has since grown to be the largest home improvement company serving a single geographic market in the country. Prior, Adam was an associate attorney in the corporate department at Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn in Detroit, focusing on private equity and venture capital transaction. Adam continues to work closely with the University of Michigan’ Social Venture Fund on structuring impact investments in innovative companies. He is also a member of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit’s NEXTGen Board of Directors and is the co-founder of Pitch for Detroit.
Adam served on the 2013 Presidential Inaugural Committee, on the White House Advance Team and on the Obama for America Advance Team. In addition, Adam worked in the White House as an intern for Vice President Biden’s communications team.
Adam earned a law degree from the University of Michigan Law School, cum laude, and a B.B.A., with high distinction, from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.
Gali Cooks is the inaugural Executive Director of Leading Edge, an organization formed by foundations and federations to influence, inspire and enable dramatic change in attracting, developing and retaining top talent for Jewish organizations. Gali brings to the Alliance extensive professional experience in the nonprofit, public and private sectors. Her career began in Washington, DC, where she was a speechwriter at the Embassy of Israel and worked as a Legislative Assistant at AIPAC. She then joined the Harold Grinspoon Foundation where she was Founding Director of the PJ Library. From 2007-2013, Gali served as Executive Director of the Rita J. & Stanley H. Kaplan Family Foundation where she oversaw the distribution of millions of philanthropic dollars to organizations working to empower people and inspire hope. In the private sector, Gali was VP of Operations at an education technology startup. Most recently, she served as Director of Business Operations in the Youth Division of the Union for Reform Judaism. Gali serves on the Board of Keshet and has served on the Boards of Exponent Philanthropy and the NYC Venture Philanthropy Fund. She holds a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an M.B.A. from the NYU Stern School of Business.
Joshua has 15 years of experience in the non-profit and philanthropic sectors. As Executive Director of the David S. and Karen A. Shapira Foundation, he works closely with the Foundation President and Vice President to develop and advance philanthropic investments that leverage and support their extended philanthropic and civic interests and entrepreneurial approach to achieving impact.
Prior to this role, Joshua served as Planning Director at the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh. At the Federation, he was responsible for implementing and overseeing Federation’s distribution of more than $20m each year to support community priorities. Joshua was instrumental in restructuring how Federation works with beneficiary agencies, updating the organization’s grantmaking policies and processes, and advancing a number of key community initiatives. Joshua was also directly responsible for Federation’s Jewish Learning and Community life agenda, working with community volunteers and agency staff to articulate a vision for an integrated service system, define desired community outcomes, identify unmet community needs, and seek new resources for innovative programs.
Joshua holds Master’s Degrees in public policy from Carnegie Mellon University and Jewish Professional Studies from The Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership. He lives in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh with his wife and two sons.
Lisa Hersch recently transitioned into private capital and joined Bain Capital, after serving as an Associate Principal with McKinsey & Company, based in New York City, for 6.5 years. She has worked globally across a variety of industries, including consumer electronics, retail, telecom, media, financial services, and consumer products. Her work is largely focused on strategy, sales and marketing, and capability building.
Lisa has extensive experience working with non-profit organizations, including the Public Broadcasting Service, Comic Relief, Balkanu’s Cape York Digital Network in Australia, and Arcandina children’s TV production company in Ecuador. She has also served as a mentor with the “I Have A Dream” program and as a member of Echoing Green’s Social Investment Council.
Lisa holds an M.B.A. from Stanford Graduate School of Business, an M.A. in Education from Stanford University School of Education, and a B. Commerce (1st Class Honors, Marketing) from University of New South Wales.
Jordan is the Director of Public Engagement and Strategic Content in the communications division at American Jewish World Service (AJWS). Prior to joining AJWS, she worked in communications at the Jewish Women’s Archive, a national non-profit that uncovers, chronicles, and transmits the history of American Jewish women. She was the 2005-2006 Roslyn Wolf Fellow of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) in Warsaw, Poland and is an alumna of AJWS’s Volunteer Corps in Uganda.
A graduate of Wellesley College, she holds a Master’s in Strategic Communications from Columbia University and has served as a communications consultant for a number of non-profit organizations in Boston and New York.
Michael Leo Pomeranz is a term law clerk in the Northern District of Illinois. He previously served as a term law clerk to the Honorable Danny J. Boggs of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Prior to attending law school, he worked as Press Secretary and Senior Researcher for the American Council of Trustees and Alumni, a higher-education nonprofit located in Washington, D.C., and as a New York City Urban Fellow in the Department of Education. He is an alumnus of the Bronfman Youth Fellowships in Israel and a member of the Decalogue Society of Lawyers, the American and Federal Bar Associations, and a number of societies dedicated to court history.
A graduate of Yale College with a degree in Religious Studies, Michael holds a J.D. from Yale Law School. He lives in Chicago.
Julie Shaffer is the executive director of the Oreg Foundation in Boulder, Colorado. She is fortunate to be able to combine her personal passions with her professional work in supporting Jewish, environmental, educational, and local community service initiatives. Julie’s varied work life has included non-profit management consulting, preschool director, small business owner, and elementary school teacher.
Julie has been involved in Colorado’s Jewish non-profit world as a professional and lay leader for 15 years. She was a founding board member of the Boulder Jewish Community Foundation, which included a 2003 honor for her dedication and extraordinary work in the Boulder Jewish Community. Julie serves on the board of directors of Judaism Your Way, an outreach organization based in Denver, and served on the boards of HaSifria, Boulder’s Jewish library, and B’Yahad, the Boulder: Israel People to People Project. She has also been active on the steering committee of the JCC preschool and on the transition planning team for the Boulder JCC. She currently serves on the Foundation Professionals Advisory Committee for the Jewish Funders Network.
Julie is an active partner in Social Venture Partners of Boulder.
Julie is a graduate of the University of Michigan. She and her husband, Bruce, are the parents of three children.
Amy Tobin has led and supported nonproﬁt community, arts, and social change organizations for 20 years. Her expertise includes organizational development, diverse public programs, arts management, mission-driven real estate, philanthropic partnerships, and community development. In 2014 she joined the JCC East Bay as CEO, serving the Berkeley and Oakland communities in sunny California.
Amy’s work is consistently driven by her passion for connecting people through meaningful, inspiring experiences in physical gathering spaces. As the founding Executive Director of the David Brower Center, Amy led the establishment of a welcoming, world-class destination for environmental and social action. The Brower Center, a LEED Platinum rated building in downtown Berkeley, features a gallery and exhibition program, 24,000 square feet of fully occupied office space, and a thriving conference center for the nonprofit community.
As the founding Artistic Director of The Hub at the JCCSF, Amy pursued a vision of inclusive, relevant, evolving Jewish life through the arts. The Hub offered innovative arts events and served Bay Area young adults for over ten years. Amy worked with the JCCSF during a time of tremendous transition, including a capital campaign and transition between facilities.
Amy received the Gerbode Foundation fellowship in 2012 and the Joshua Venture fellowship for Jewish social entrepreneurs in 2001. She has served on boards and advisory boards for the Downtown Berkeley Association, Nonprofit Centers Network, Progressive Jewish Alliance, Joshua Venture Group, and Be’chol Lashon. As a vocalist, songwriter, and performer, Amy has released two albums and toured nationally with “The Esther Show,” a cabaret rock opera and modern interpretation of the Book of Esther.