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Julie Shaffer
Chair

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.

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Benjamin Weinstein
Treasurer

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 currently serves on the board of Israel Bonds (Dallas) and plays multiple roles with the Dallas Jewish Federation, including as a member of the Audit/Finance Committee, as a current participant in the Cabinet program for the Jewish Federation, and as a co-Chair for Men’s Financial Services Fundraising 2011. 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 one child and are expecting their second in early 2014.

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Jonathan Horowitz
Secretary

Jonathan Horowitz serves as a Program Officer in the philanthropic services group at J.P. Morgan Private Bank. Jonathan manages the grantmaking programs for foundations working across a diverse range of funding areas, including arts and culture, disability issues, workforce development, and capacity building for the nonprofit sector. Before coming to J.P. Morgan, he worked as a Program Manager for the Jewish Funders Network, where he facilitated networking and funding collaborations among philanthropists with shared interests. Jonathan previously worked as the Meyerhoff Fellow for Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life, where he created and implemented new educational programming for the organization. He serves on the board of Hillel at Brandeis University and on the executive committee for NYC Workforce Funders. Jonathan graduated from Brandeis University with a B.A. in Politics and English and is currently pursuing an M.P.A at New York University.

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Bruce Bernstein

Bruce is an attorney with significant experience litigating complex commercial and securities actions. During the 15 years that he has practiced law he has represented large institutional investors in prosecuting several of the largest securities actions ever filed. Bruce has also successfully appeared before the U.S. Supreme Court. He is also a frequent speaker at investor conferences throughout the world and authored articles relating to investor rights, corporate governance reform and fiduciary duties.

Bruce is actively involved as a professional volunteer with Jewish philanthropic activities and organizations in New York City. He previously served as a co-chair of the Young Lawyers Division for UJA and also chaired the Young Leadership Committee benefit for Seeds of Peace. In addition to currently serving on the board of JVG, he is also a member of Natan.

Bruce earned his J.D. degree from The George Washington University Law School in Washington D.C. and his B.A. in Political Science (Honors) from the University of Vermont.

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Amy Born is studying Social and Organizational Psychology at Columbia and is an organizational development consultant. She previously served as Director of Talent Acquisition and Talent Development at City Year, an education-focused, national nonprofit organization that engages young people of all backgrounds in a year of full-time service to help address the drop-out crisis in American public schools. Prior to joining City Year, Amy worked as a Consultant at Hay Group, a global human resources management consulting firm, where she worked directly with public, private, and nonprofit clients to assess and develop talent, coach and train organizational leadership, and engage employees to enhance their performance. Amy also previously worked at Hillel’s Schusterman International Center in Washington, D.C. and currently serves on the Board of Directors of Hillel International. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Washington University in St. Louis, is a certified yoga instructor, and lives in Washington, D.C.

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Alan Cohen

Alan Cohen is the Assistant Executive Vice President, Global Operations of the Joint Distribution Committee, and has over 20 years of international professional experience.

In the past, Alan served as the Director of Global Corporate Social Responsibility at Henry Schein, Inc., a Fortune 500® company with over 15,000 employees and operations in 25 countries.  Prior to that, Alan served as the Senior Director for Strategic Planning and Organizational Resources at UJA-Federation of New York where he was responsible for launching a hospice residence.  He led the organization’s grant-making initiatives in aging and the Gulf Coast after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

Prior to joining UJA-Federation, Alan was based in Israel, serving with the JDC-FSU Team, where his focus was on the development of the Hesed program.

Alan is the past Board Chair of Joshua Venture Group.

Alan graduated from Brandeis University Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa, studying politics and Russian language and literature.  After graduating, Alan was awarded the Dorot Fellowship in Israel.  He later received a Master of Public Policy and Administration from Columbia University.  Alan participated in the Selah Leadership Program for a national cohort of social justice leaders and received AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps’s Partner in Justice Award.  Alan lives in New York City with his partner, Robert Bank.

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Lisa Hersch

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.

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Jordan Namerow

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.

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Amy Tobin

Amy Tobin has worked with nonprofit community, arts, and activist organizations for over 17 years. She is committed to fostering communities and social change through collaborative programs and arts events, generally doing anything possible to bring people together in physical proximity.

As the first Executive Director of the David Brower Center since 2007, Amy has been responsible for translating a broad vision into an award-winning destination for environmental and social action. She has overseen every aspect of start-up organizational development, establishing the Center’s gallery and exhibition program, leasing 24,000 square feet of progressive office space, and creating a thriving conference center that has hosted over 700 events.

Amy was the founding Artistic Director of The Hub at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco. She has also served as a development and program consultant to arts and Jewish nonprofits in the San Francisco Bay Area and New York City, and has produced hundreds of community events, benefits, and shows.

Amy received the Joshua Venture Fellowship for Jewish social entrepreneurs in 2001. She serves on the steering committee for the Nonprofit Centers Network and the board of the Downtown Berkeley Association.

Amy is also a writer, vocalist, and performer. She has released two albums and tours nationally with The Esther Show, a cabaret rock opera and modern interpretation of the biblical Book of Esther.