Board of Directors

Board Officers
Ron Klein, Chair
Ron Klein, chair of JDCA’s board, served as a Member of Congress (FL-22) from 2006-2010. Klein is currently an attorney and member of Holland & Knight’s Public Policy & Regulation Group. He is also a co-chair of the firm’s Israel Practice Group. From 1992 through 1996, Ron served in the Florida House of Representatives; and from 1996 through 2006, he served in the Florida Senate, where he was elected Democratic leader. While in the Florida Senate, he helped set up the Enterprise Florida (Florida’s official state agency) office in Israel, which advocates trade and investment between businesses in Florida and Israel.
In 2006, Ron was elected to represent Florida’s 22nd congressional district (Broward and Palm Beach Counties) in the House of Representatives, where he served two terms. He served on the Financial Services and Foreign Relations committees and as vice chairman of the Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia. He also served as co-chair of the House Anti-Semitism Caucus.Ron played a significant role in the drafting and passage of the Comprehensive Iran Sanctions Accountability and Divestment Act of 2010. He proposed and persuaded lawmakers to include sections in the law that provide significant enforcement authority to the United States government against businesses that violate the law, but do business directly or indirectly in the United States. As the vice chair of the Mideast Subcommittee, he had numerous meetings and opportunities to travel and engage with government and business leaders in Israel. As co-chair of Holland & Knight’s Israel Business Initiative, he is working with firm attorneys, clients and others in identifying and facilitating investment and business collaboration opportunities between Israel and the United States.
Barbara Goldberg Goldman, Vice Chair
Barbara Goldberg Goldman is President of B&G Regal Domestics, Inc., a national employment placement agency located in Rockville, and Managing Partner of Quorum, LLC, a land-use consulting firm specializing in mixed-use and mixed-income developments, and affordable housing. Barbara is the founder of the nationally recognized Affordable Housing Conference of Montgomery County and has served as its Chair and now Co-chair since its inception in 1991. Barbara served on the Housing Opportunities Commission of Montgomery County for thirteen years and was its chair for five of those years. During the Carter administration, she served at the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of Community Planning and Development, where she worked with Congress on housing and economic development policy and programmatic legislative programs and initiatives.
Prior to HUD, she was with the National League of Cities and U.S. Conference of Mayors as the Director of the Washington, D.C. offices for San Jose, California; Lincoln, Nebraska; and the Metropolitan Toledo Consortium. Barbara served as Special Assistant to and Speechwriter for Rep. Barbara C. Jordan (D-TX), and Legislative Aide to Rep. Ron Dellums (D-CA).Barbara, who holds a Master of Arts degree in Urban Planning and Policy from the University of Maryland, also has served on many affordable housing and related panels and forums throughout the United States. She served as Co-Chair on Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett’s transition team’s Affordable Housing Task Force, and Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley’s transition team’s Workforce Housing Task Force. She also co-chaired The Affordable Housing Task Force of Montgomery County, and served on the Housing and Economic Development Subcommittee on Maryland Gov. Robert Ehrlich’s Commission on Housing Policy. Barbara co-chaired Barack Obama’s Jewish Community Leadership Committee in 2008 and again in 2012. A graduate of Leadership Montgomery, Barbara is the recipient of a number of awards including Montgomery County’s 2011 Dr. Martin Luther King Humanitarian Award. She currently serves on the Strathmore Hall Foundation Board, Save A Child’s Heart Board, and American Jewish Committee Washington, DC Board. Past affiliations include Montgomery County’s Community Development Block Grant Advisory Board, Montgomery County’s Charter Review Commission, the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, Maccabi USA, the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington, and the Jewish Social Service Agency of Maryland, Washington and Virginia.
Michael Rosenzweig, Vice Chair for Management and Operations
Michael Rosenzweig is a graduate of the University of Michigan (A.B., summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa) and Columbia Law School (J.D., Highest Distinction in Scholarship), where he was a James Kent Scholar and editor of the Law Review. After a judicial clerkship on the United States Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit, Michael practiced law briefly and then joined the faculty of the University of Michigan Law School. He was later a partner in two Atlanta law firms and then Senior Vice President, Corporate Development, and General Counsel at Johns Manviille, a major manufacturer of insulation, roofing materials, and engineered products. Since 2008, Michael has worked in the nonprofit sector, serving successively as president and CEO of Hands On Atlanta, the National Museum of American Jewish History, and the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies. He was also co-founder and founding chair and president of the Weber School in Atlanta, one of the nation’s first trans-denominational Jewish day high schools. He is currently a consultant to nonprofits in all areas of management, planning and financial resource development, board development, and project management. He is widely published in scholarly journals, including articles in the Harvard Law Review, the Yale Law Journal, the Columbia Law Review, and the Michigan Law Review.
Diane (Dede) Feinberg, Secretary
Diane (Dede) Feinberg currently serves as secretary of the Jewish Democratic Council of America and vice chair of development. She is a long-standing  member of the Jewish Agency for Israel’s Board of Governors where she currently serves in several leadership capacities. She is also the former vice chair of the United Israel Appeal. She is a former chair of the Executive Committee of the board of The Jewish Federations of North America. Dede was the chair of the Missions Committee for JFNA, the National Women’s Philanthropy International Lion of Judah conference, and NWP’s major gifts committee. Dede and her husband, Kenneth, were North American co-chairs of the 2009 Jewish Federations of North America General Assembly in Washington, DC.
At the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, Dede has held many portfolios including president, campaign chair, and the president and campaign chair of the women’s division. She also served as chair of financial resource development for the United Jewish Endowment Fund of Greater Washington. She is currently a member of its board of directors.
Dede was a trader on Wall Street for five years specializing in high technology stocks. For the past several decades, her strong leadership and organization skills coupled with her devotion and commitment to Jewish values have been benefiting local, national and international Jewish organizations as well as strengthening the U.S.- Israel relationship.
Among the honors she has received are the National Women’s Philanthropy Kipnis Wilson/Friedland Award; National Capital Philanthropy Day Exceptional Volunteer Fundraiser; Whitney North Seymour Award of Outstanding Public Service; UJA of Greater Washington Campaigner of the Year and the Montgomery County Department of Family Resources Can Do Award.
Beth Kieffer Leonard, Treasurer and Budget Committee Chair
An accountant by profession, Beth Kieffer Leonard is managing partner of Lurie LLP, one of the top 100 accounting firms in the United States. She was president of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation from 2006-2008, where she served as treasurer as well as Business and Professional Campaign chair in 2014. She received the Tychman Family Young Leadership Award and participated in the first Harry Kay Leadership program, an intensive leadership development program modeled after the Wexner program. She received the Presidents’ Award from the Women Presidents Organization and the Advocacy Award from the Women’s Business Development Center. Beth has been on The Jewish Agency’s Board of Governors since 2008.
Committee Chairs & Vice Chairs
Peter Gillon, Budget Committee Vice Chair
Peter Gillon is a senior partner at the law firm Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, where he manages a national practice representing corporate insurance policyholders in their dealings with insurance companies, both in claims disputes and in transactions. He regularly counsels public companies and their boards in connection with insurance coverage disputes arising in securities litigation, derivative lawsuits, M&A-related litigation and enforcement matters. His group was named Insurance Practice Group of the Year in 2015 and 2016 and Peter has been recognized by his peers as one of the “10 Most Admired Attorneys” in the area of insurance coverage. Peter has been actively involved as a Jewish Democrat, and served as an early director of the National Jewish Democratic Council. He currently is vice chairman of the D.C. Jazz Festival. He was one of two founders of the Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO), the national association of climate professionals, and is a fellow of The American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel. Peter and his partner, Lisa Hook, reside in Washington, D.C., Miami and San Francisco.
Marcia Riklis, Communications Committee Chair
Marcia Riklis started her career as an account executive, managing the Revlon account for Grey Advertising. She later received her MBA from New York University’s Stern School of Business and joined Rapid American Corporation, her family’s business — a large conglomerate of industrial companies, national retail chains, and major liquor and cosmetic companies. In her tenure as vice president of strategic planning, she helped to further diversify the company by successfully procuring cellular telecommunication contracts and handling a portfolio of stock investments. In 1990, Marcia founded Jose Eber Inc., a small national hair care company, and while serving as CEO, she created a cross-disciplinary program, “the Campaign for Love Without Violence,” to educate and encourage self-esteem among victims of domestic violence.
Marcia sold the company to her partner in 1994, and now devotes her time to family, philanthropy and the Jewish community. She became a founding member of The Jewish Women’s Foundation of New York to help address a broad range of issues relating to women and girls. Marcia’s involvement with UJA-Federation began with the Women’s Campaign, where she chaired the Lion of Judah Winter Conference. She later became involved in then planned giving and endowments committee, the caring commission and caring cabinet, the board of directors and the executive committee. Marcia is currently a member of the finance committee, the Commission on Jewish Identity and Renewal’s Israel Task Force, the campaign steering committee, and the priorities cabinet. She co-chaired the general campaign from 2011 to 2013.
Michael C. Gelman, Communications Committee Vice Chair
Michael C. Gelman is a managing director of The Morningstar Foundation, a family foundation that makes grants in the United States and Israel. He most recently was chair of the executive committee of The Jewish Federations of North America. He was previously national treasurer of JFNA and has chaired its consulting committee and domestic affairs pillar. Michael and his wife, Susie, co-chaired JFNA’s 2003 and 2013 General Assemblies in Jerusalem. A life member of the board of The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, Michael served three terms as its president, two terms as co-campaign chair, and one term as president of its endowment fund. Michael was a member of the United States Holocaust Memorial Council from 1995 to 2004, having been appointed to that position by President Bill Clinton. He was appointed by Maryland Gov. Parris Glendening to the University System of Maryland’s Board of Regents, serving from 1996 to 2000. He has also served on the board of the Jewish Agency for Israel. Michael sits on the boards of several organizations, including the International Board of Governors of Hillel; the Washington Institute for Near East Policy; and Moment magazine. He is co-owner of Mid- Atlantic Media, which publishes the Washington Jewish Week and the Baltimore Jewish Times, and serves on the board of the holding company for Congressional Bank. Michael was the founding partner of Gelman, Rosenberg & Freedman, an accounting firm in Bethesda, Maryland. Michael and his wife reside in Chevy Chase, Maryland. They have three children and a grandson.
Ada Horwich, Development Committee Chair
Ada Horwich earned her bachelor’s degree at the University of California Berkeley and her master of social work at University of Southern California. She also worked as a special education teacher and served in the United States Peace Corps as a master teacher of science in the Philippines. Ada is active in numerous community organizations including the Jewish Federation of Los Angeles. She also sits on the board of the Nazarian Center for Israel Studies at UCLA. Ada and her husband, Jim, chaired the Jewish Federation General Campaign in 2006 and 2007. She was the president of the Women’s Alliance for Israel PAC and she chaired the American Israel Public Affairs Committee in Southern California and is a former member of the national board of directors.
Ada co-chairs the Centennial Endowment campaign for the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. She is a pro-Israel activist and last spring received the Lea Rabin Award from the Women’s Campaign of the Los Angeles Federation. Ada and Jim have three daughters – Tamara, Elana and Danielle — and five grandchildren.
Karen Spar Kasner, Governance Committee Chair
After a career as a corporate and real estate litigator, Karen has spent more than 28 years as an active volunteer to many organizations. This includes UJA-Federation of New York, the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services, the JCC of Mid-Westchester, the Washington Institute, JCPA, JFNA,  Human Service Council and the Riverdale Y. Starting in 2000 until June, 2017, Karen developed and chaired UJA-Federation of New York’s Government Relations Committee & its Public Policy Committee, Westchester’s Government Relations Committee, and UJA’s Annual Advocacy Mission to Washington. She serves on several Network Commission committees & Task Forces, and co-drafted the first Agency Accountability Guidelines in 2013. Karen also serves on JFNA’s Task Force on Health and Long-Term Care since its inception in 2008. Karen and her husband served as chair of the Parents’ Fund at the University of Pennsylvania from 2004-2010. She was also former President of the JCC of Mid-Westchester. Karen has been honored and received several awards including from UJA-Federation of New York, Jewish Board for the Centennial of Hawthorne Cedar Knolls, WJC and the JCC of Mid-Westchester. She is married to Jay, has two sons, a grandson & a granddog.
Lynn Schrayer, Governance Committee Vice Chair
Lynn Sachse Schrayer is originally from Detroit and has lived with her husband Skip in the Chicago area for over 26 years. She is a Young Leadership Award recipient in both communities. Lynn is a tax attorney who has chosen to spend the last 28 years as a Jewish philanthropist.  Lynn served on the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, Jewish United Fund Women’s Board from 1993-1999 upon her move from Detroit to Chicago.  She served as National Co-Chair of the UJA National Young Leadership Cabinet in 1998-1999 and Co-Chaired the National Washington Conference during her nine years on UJA YLC.  Lynn has held several officer positions at her synagogue, North Suburban Synagogue Beth El in Highland Park, Illinois, including a term as President from 2007-2009. She is a University of Michigan graduate and served a full term on the Board of Trustees of the University of Michigan Hillel, ending June 30, 2020. Lynn served on the Board of Directors of Prizmah: Center for Jewish Day Schools, from 2016-2019. Lynn is currently the Second Past President of Rochelle Zell Jewish High School (formerly Chicagoland Jewish High School) having served as President of the Board of Directors from 2015-2017.  She also serves as President of the school’s Endowment Fund. Lynn and Skip have three children.  Their two older children, Annie and Eli, are graduates of the University of Michigan and live in Chicago and New York respectively. Their youngest, Joey, is a junior attending the University of Michigan.      
Randall Kaplan, Nominating Committee Chair
Randall Kaplan is a graduate of Brown University and the University of Michigan Law School.  He began his legal career in 1981, serving as a judicial clerk on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, after which he practiced corporate and banking law at the firm of Caplin & Drysdale in Washington, D.C. In 1987, Kaplan returned to Greensboro to run the family business, Kay Chemical Company, the leading supplier of cleaning chemical programs to the fast-food industry.  Kay was acquired by Ecolab, Inc. in 1995. Kaplan remained as President of Kay until 2000 when he left to pursue new business ventures and greater public service. His business ventures include serving as the founding Chairman of SterlingSouth Bank (now a part of Pinnacle Financial), CEO of Capsule Group, a holding company in the real estate and car wash businesses, and founder of Elm Street Technology, a real estate internet software company. Kaplan has been active with over 20 local and national non-profit Boards.  In the Jewish world, Kaplan has served on the Boards of International Hillel, JDC, AIPAC and BBYO, and currently serves on the Boards of The Foundation for Jewish Camp, Leading Edge, and Camp Ramah Darom. His involvement with International Hillel included service as both Chair of International Hillel’s Board of Trustees and Board of Governors. In the secular world, Kaplan has served on many Boards involved in economic development, education and social services, including the Boards of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (Chair), United Way (Chair), Chamber of Commerce, North Carolina Progress Board, and North Carolina Economic Development Board.  
Michele Rosen, Nominating Committee Vice Chair
Michele Rosen was born and raised in Los Angeles, where she first got a taste for political involvement from family, teachers, and the political movements in the '60s when she was growing up. Settling down in Seattle, Michele worked a number of jobs before getting involved with the Young Leadership Cabinet, which taught her how to secure resources for communities in need. This paved the way for her later work with Hillel, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, and as the president of Jewish Family Services of Seattle. Currently, Michele is focused on technology distribution and disaster relief work.
Peter Alter, Outreach Committee Chair
Peter Alter is an attorney in our Litigation & Dispute Resolution and Emerging & Growth Business practice groups. He specializes in complex commercial issues, including real estate, banking, restructuring, partnership, insurance, contract, business tort, and minority oppression litigation. He also has significant experience in various types of alternative dispute resolution cases. He tirelessly advocates for his clients’ positions and is ever-vigilant in anticipating pitfalls and challenges that may arise. Through a candid, practical, and client-centered approach, Peter has achieved exceptional results. Peter is known for his excellent judgment and perseverance in every aspect of litigation and has been selected as a top commercial litigator by numerous publications over the past several decades. He also has been chosen by courts and counsel to serve as a facilitator, mediator, or arbitrator in more than 90 cases.
Michael Tarnoff, Outreach Committee Vice Chair
Michael’s primary focus currently is his role as Chairman of Make Every Vote Matter, an apolitical, nonpartisan movement to promote the election of the President and Vice President by Popular Vote through education, advocacy and fundraising. From 1980 until his retirement in 2015, Michael Tarnoff was the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (EVP & AMP; CFO) of the Jewish United Fund and Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago (the Federation), a position he held for 36 years. Michael continues to serve as consultant to the Federation and many other 501.c.3 charitable organizations and serves on the Boards of numerous for-profit and nonprofit / charitable entities. Prior to joining Federation, Michael held senior executive positions in the fields of investment banking, commercial banking, and commercial real estate development, and was a gold futures trader at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. Michael holds an MBA degree from the Booth Graduate School of Business of the University of Chicago.
Thomas Kahn, Policy Committee Chair
Thomas Kahn is a distinguished faculty fellow at American University where he teaches in the Government Department. He is also senior advisor to the Cormac Group, a political consultancy firm. Prior to that, he was the head of legislative affairs for three years at a major labor union. Tom worked for more than three decades as a senior staff member for the US House of Representatives. For 20 of those years, he was the staff director of the House Budget Committee. Tom is an attorney and practiced law at Sullivan and Cromwell before coming to Capitol Hill.
Tom has been a member of the board of Governors of the American Jewish Committee for more than 20 years and has served for eight years as chair of AJC Latino and Latin American Institute. He is also on the board of the Israel Policy Forum, Jewish Electorate Institute  and the National Coalition Supporting Eurasian Jewry.  He’s also a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Tom is married to Susana and they are proud parents of two sons, Ben and Daniel.
Marcie Hermelin Orley, Policy Committee Vice Chair
Marcie Hermelin Orley graduated magna cum laude from Cardozo School of Law and subsequently served as law clerk to Judge Avern Cohn of the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan. Following the birth of her four children, her career has been as an active volunteer and fundraiser in the Detroit Jewish community. She is a Past President of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit Women’s Philanthropy, and also served as Women’s Philanthropy Campaign Chair. In addition, Marcie was the Campaign Co-Chair of Detroit Federation’s 2017 and 2018 Annual Campaigns. She sits on Federation’s Board of Governors and is also a trustee of the Jewish Women’s Foundation. Nationally, she serves as a trustee of the Jewish Federations of North America, sits on the National Women’s Philanthropy Board and is Co-Chairing the 2019 International Lion of Judah Conference. She chaired JFNA’s National Federation/Agency Alliance from 2014-2017. She currently sits on the board of 70 Faces Media and on the Dean’s Council of the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University. Marcie is an alumna of UJA Young Leadership Cabinet and was recognized in 1997 with the Sylvia Simon Young Leadership Award by the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit. Marcie and her husband Rob were also honored with the Dreammaker Award from Hillel Day School of Metropolitan Detroit. She and her husband Rob are the parents of four children, Matthew (Samantha), Alex (Melisa), Jason (Ramona), and Olivia, and one grandchild.
Israel “Izzy” Klein, Political Committee Chair
An expert at helping businesses, associations and nonprofits manage complex public policy issues across Washington, Israel “Izzy” Klein is a government relations and communications specialist focusing on financial services, technology, tax, telecommunications and energy. A veteran of both sides of the US Capitol, Izzy worked as the top communications aide for Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and then-Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA). Prior to co-founding the Klein/Johnson Group, Izzy spent nearly a decade first as a senior principal at a large public affairs firm, and then as managing partner at a boutique lobbying firm.
Izzy has spearheaded government relations and media outreach efforts for dozens of organizations. Izzy led a coalition of fin-tech startups during consideration of the Dodd-Frank Act; quarterbacked a comprehensive legislative effort to pass the JOBS Act in 2012; and advised an impressive roster of Fortune 500 companies, trade associations, non-profits, and fast growing startups with complex political and high-profile policy challenges. Izzy has been quoted as a political policy expert by The New York Times, Politico, Bloomberg News, Boston Globe and other media outlets.Izzy works closely with Senate and House Democrats across a dozen top committees and in the leadership on policy, political, and communications priorities. He also has deep relationships with several regulatory agencies, think tanks and other third party groups, in addition to DC and national media outlets. For Schumer, Izzy led communications efforts on a broad portfolio of issues after relating to New York, the Senate Finance, Banking, and Judiciary Committees. He also served as Schumer’s deputy staff director at the Joint Economic Committee during the 2008 economic meltdown, where he helped the Committee tackle crucial economic policy issues relating to the housing and credit crisis, foreign direct investment in the US, and energy independence. Izzy held several senior staff roles for Senator Ed Markey, including Press Secretary and led then-Congressman Markey’s homeland security efforts post-September 11. A native of West Orange, New Jersey, Izzy holds a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University. He is a board member of the Jewish Democratic Council of America, the Junior State of America Foundation and is a mentor with 1776. Izzy lives with his wife, Sarah, their twins, and a very large fluffy dog in Chevy Chase, Maryland.
Kevin Rader, Political Committee Vice Chair
Kevin Rader represented Broward and Palm Beach counties in the Florida State Senate from 2016-2020; his term ends on Nov 3, 2020. From 2008-2010 and 2012-2016, Kevin served in the Florida House of Representatives. While in the Florida House of Representatives, he was awarded Legislator of the Year awards from the Florida Beekeeping Association (2015), Associated Industries of Florida (2013), Florida Insurance Council (2013), Planned Parenthood of South Florida (2009), and the Florida Farm Bureau. Kevin lead on issues such as Holocaust education, child welfare, and environmental conservation throughout his time serving in the Florida Senate and House of Representatives. Kevin also helped lead on legislation that was passed after the 2018 Parkland school shooting to advance gun safety and an ongoing push to set up a top-two primary system in Florida rather than separate party primaries. Kevin is a member of the AIPAC New Leadership Network, the Glass Leadership Institute of the ADL, and the Palm Beach County Jewish Genealogical Society.  Kevin is an insurance agent and business owner, born in Detroit, MI. He graduated from Boston University with a Bachelors in Accounting.  Kevin is married to Rabbi Amy Leviten Rader and is the father to four children, Caleb, Ruby, Yael, and Ezra.
Susie Stern, Programming Committee Chair
Susan K. Stern is a community activist and political advocate in New York and nationally. She was nominated by President Barack Obama to serve as Chair of the President’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. Her work focused on Human Trafficking. For her work on human trafficking, she was selected as one of New York New Abolitionists. She is a Commissioner and Immediate Past Chair of the New York State Commission on National and Community Service. She serves on the Executive Committee of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee.
Stern is the immediate past Vice Chair of The Jewish Federations of North America and created the International Lion of Judah Conference. She was Chair of the Board of UJA Federation of New York and is the  Founding chair of Time for Good the reimagining service for the New York Jewish community. She was named as a 2012 Women to Watch honoree by Jewish Women International, chosen for her leadership in enhancing the well-being of Jews worldwide and her work to form effective partnerships with faith-based and community groups. Susan is married to Jeffrey Stern. They have two sons, Michael (Janna) and Peter (Amanda), and four grandchildren.
Jill Goldenberg, Programming Committee Vice Chair

After years of serving in leadership roles in political campaigns and with local and national Jewish organizations, Jill is honored to join the Jewish Democratic Council board. Professionally, Jill runs Goldenberg Solutions Group, a consulting firm based in Newton, MA, serving business and nonprofit leaders nationally. Drawing on her experience as both a nonprofit executive and a lay leader, her clients trust her to design and deliver effective development and governance strategies, career and executive coaching, management consulting, and board trainings. Jill is the former Executive Director of the Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education (PEJE) where she created and directed multiple development capacity-building programs, including Generations, which enabled 45 Jewish day schools to raise over $100 million in endowment funds in five years. She is also the former Associate Director of the Lawyers Clearinghouse on Affordable Housing and Homeless where she led development efforts and founded a legal services clinic for homeless clients at two shelters in Boston. Jill serves on the national steering committee of Jewish Women for Joe and on the board of the Jewish Electorate Institute. She has served as president of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston, co-chair of a successful capital campaign at the Rashi School, on the board of Boston’s Combined Jewish Philanthropies, and as development and governance chairs for multiple boards. She is a graduate of Boston University School of Law and the University of Michigan. Jill and her husband, Sidney Kriger, are the proud parents of two young adult children.

Directors
Joel Breitkopf
Joel Breitkopf, Principal of Alchemy Properties, has been in the real estate industry his entire professional career. Joel is involved in all aspects of Alchemy’s developments and investments including acquisition, finance, design, construction, marketing and strategic planning and is a principal of Alchemy – ABR Investment Partners which acquires existing commercial buildings in select major markets. He joined Alchemy in 1993. Previously, he was an executive at Commercial Bank of New York and was Vice President of Acquisitions and Finance for Himmel+Meringoff Properties. In this capacity he oversaw opportunistic acquisitions and structured bank workouts in the early 1990’s. Joel was also a real estate loan officer at Chemical Bank Realty and, prior to that, an analyst at LaSalle Partners, a national real estate advisor.

In 2013, Joel started a music therapy program for Veterans with PTSD, called Healing our Heroes, at the Music Conservatory of Westchester where he is now the President of the Board of Trustees. He was also President of B’nai B’rith Real Estate, and has been affiliated with numerous other industry groups and charities. Joel has financed well over $2 Billion in real estate transactions and has acquired over 3,500,000 square feet of real estate during his career. He has lectured at the Yale University School of Architecture, the University of Pennsylvania, the Wharton Graduate School of Business, Cornell University and has been an Adjunct Professor at New York University’s Master’s Program in Real Estate. Joel is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in Economics.

Joel co-leads JDCA’s New York Chapter.

 
Rob Bildner
Robert (Rob) Bildner Mr. Bildner is an attorney, entrepreneur, investor, and author who is active in the non-profit community and public life. He founded several food companies, including RLB Food Distributors, a perishable food distribution and food manufacturing company, which he sold in 2007.  He is currently president of SME Co., a family office based in Montclair, NJ. Recently, Rob and his wife Elisa Spungen Bildner co-authored The Berkshires Farm Table Cookbook” (Countryman Press/W.W. Norton, 2020), named “New England Cookbook of the Year” by the Readable Feast.  Mr. Bildner is a founder and has been a key lay leader of several non-profit organizations in the Jewish and secular worlds including Foundation for Jewish Camp, (which he and Elisa founded), Repair the World, Joseph Slifka Center for Jewish Life at Yale, Community FoodBank of New Jersey, and Yale University. Rob has been active in politics since his student days at Yale College protesting the Vietnam War. He worked for civil rights and public interest groups, served as a state government official in New Jersey (Deputy Attorney General; Director of Consumer Services for the NJ Insurance Department; Member, New Jersey State Employment and Training Commission; and Chairman of Governor’s Commission on the Horse Racing Industry), interned in the Carter White House, and has been an active donor to the Democratic Party for years. Since 2016, he has worked with a national collaborative of political donors to support grassroots organizations and Democratic candidates, leading to the election of a Democratic majority in Congress and Joe Biden’s presidency (He was on the National Finance Committee for the Biden campaign.)   Bildner is the recipient of numerous honors and awards including NJ Monthly Magazine’s Retail/Wholesale Business Leader of the Year; Member of Charter Class, Leadership New Jersey;Torch of Learning Award (American Friends of Hebrew University); and the American Jewish Distinguished Service Award (Hebrew Union College) and Shapiro Prize for Excellence in Philanthropic Collaboration (Jewish Funders Network), both given to Rob and Elisa for their leadership advocating for Jewish camps. He was in the Wexner Heritage Program for Jewish lay leaders.   Bildner is a graduate of Yale College, the University of Pennsylvania Law School and has a Masters degree in Jewish Studies from the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York.    
Marc Gary

Marc Gary is the Executive Vice Chancellor Emeritus of the Jewish Theological Seminary, one of the preeminent institutions of Jewish higher education in North America. Before joining JTS in 2012, Marc had a distinguished career in the law, serving as Executive Vice President and general counsel of Fidelity Investments in Boston, one of the world's largest financial services companies, and BellSouth Corporation in Atlanta, a Fortune 100 telecommunications company. 

Marc also served as a federal prosecutor in the U.S. office of independent counsel in Washington, D.C. and as a partner and co-head of the litigation section of the international law firm of Mayer Brown and Platt. Marc is a member of the Board of Trustees and chair of the Ethics and Compliance Committee of the Neuberger Berman mutual funds and is the chairman of the Board of Trustees of the USCJ Supporting Foundation. He also serves on the board of directors of the lawyers committee for civil rights under law and the UJA Federation of Greater New York as well as on the board of counselors of Equal Justice Works. He is a member of the American law Institute. 

Among other awards, Marc is the recipient of the first Chief Justice Margaret Marshall award from the American Constitution Society for Law and Justice, the Judge Laurie B. Zelon Award from the Pro Bono Institute, and a special Commendation from the Supreme Court of Georgia in recognition of his outstanding service to the administration of justice. 

Marc graduated from Northwestern University with highest distinction (‘summa cum laude”) and from the Georgetown University Law Center where he was a member of the editorial board of the law review. He also attended the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He resides in Atlanta, Georgia.

Steve Grossman
Steven Grossman is a former treasurer and receiver-general of Massachusetts and candidate for governor of Massachusetts. Steve previously served as chairman of the Massachusetts Democratic Party from 1991 to 1992, president of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) from 1992 to 1996 and chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 1997 to 1999. In the spring of 2015, Steve became the CEO of the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City, a Boston-based nonprofit focused on strengthening inner city economies that was founded by Harvard Business School professor Michael Porter. Prior to his involvement in politics, Steve worked at Goldman Sachs. In 1975 he left Goldman Sachs to work in his family paper supplier business, the Massachusetts Envelope Company, now known as the Grossman Marketing Group. In 2012, Asset International magazine name Steve one of the 100 most influential institutional investors worldwide.
Elaine Hamilton
Elaine Hamilton is executive vice president and officer of numerous high-tech and biotech companies in Silicon Valley including Geron, NetApp and Marvell Semiconductor, and currently sits on the advisory boards of two startup companies. She is vice president and chief operating officer of Hamilton Financial, which she owns along with her husband, Michael. Her community service includes sitting on the board of the Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose, NOVA Workforce Investment and The Silicon Valley Starting Arts group. She also is on the board of directors for the Jewish Community Center of Silicon Valley. She has been recognized as a Federation Lion of Judah and a Friend of the Rabin Center in Israel. Elaine has a bachelor’s degree in education and psychology from the University of Iowa and master’s degree in organization development from University of San Francisco.
Michael Horowitz
Michael Horowitz has a 35-year track record in the residential and commercial real estate industry. As a founding partner in The Selective Group, Michael has vast management experience in growing a home building and development company, turning The Selective Group into the second largest homebuilder and developer in the Detroit metropolitan market.  Michael excels at assessing vacant property potentials and handling asset acquisition and the disposition of developed and undeveloped real estate. Michael scrutinizes the risk and use of capital involved in the evaluation of investment opportunities. He has built over 10,000 residential homes, developed over 11,500 residential lots, and has been involved in the construction and/or ownership of over 1,200,000 square feet of commercial property. As an active philanthropist, Michael has been involved in numerous charitable organizations, especially in the Jewish community. Because of his involvement, The Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta recruited him to serve as chief executive officer from 2011 to 2016 to help address the significant financial, fundraising and organizational issues that the nonprofit was experiencing. Michael successfully met the goals that were established when assuming that position and has returned to his real estate and investment activities, in addition to his extensive charitable work.
Amb. Daniel Kurtzer

Daniel C. Kurtzer is the S. Daniel Abraham Professor of Middle East policy studies at Princeton University's School of Public and International Affairs. Following a 29-year career in the U.S. Foreign Service, Kurtzer retired in 2005 with the rank of Career-Minister. From 2001-2005 he served as the United States Ambassador to Israel and from 1997-2001 as the United States Ambassador to Egypt. He served as a political officer at the American embassies in Cairo and Tel Aviv, Deputy Director of the Office of Egyptian Affairs, speechwriter on the Policy Planning Staff, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Intelligence and Research. 

Throughout his career, Kurtzer was instrumental in formulating and executing U.S. policy toward the Middle East peace process. Secretary of State John Kerry appointed Kurtzer to the Secretary's Foreign Affairs Policy Board. Governor Chris Christie appointed Kurtzer to serve on the New Jersey-Israel State Commission. Previously, Kurtzer served as an advisor to the bipartisan Iraq Study Group, and as a member of the Advisory Council of the American Bar Association's Middle East Rule of Law Initiative. In 2007, he was named the first Commissioner of the professional Israel Baseball League.

Kurtzer is the co-author of Negotiating Arab-Israeli Peace: American Leadership in the Middle East; co-author of The Peace Puzzle: America’s Quest for Arab-Israeli Peace, 1989-2011; and editor of Pathways to Peace: America and the Arab-Israeli Conflict. He has authored numerous scholarly articles and op-eds on foreign policy issues. Kurtzer received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Columbia University.

Matt Ratner

Matt Ratner is a film producer and director. Ratner has produced ten films under the Tilted Windmill banner, and all have premiered to critical acclaim at top-tier film festivals such as SXSW and Sundance, winning multiple awards.  STANDING UP, FALLING DOWN, his directorial debut, starring Billy Crystal and Ben Schwartz, premiered at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival.  He received the award for Best Directorial Debut - U.S. at the Heartland International Film Festival, where the film also received the “Humor and Humanity” award.  Additionally, Ratner received the Best First Feature award at the Naples International Film Festival, and the film received the Audience Award at Washington West Film Festival and the Best Screenplay Award at the Napa Valley Film Festival among others. Most recently he produced the indie comedy WE BROKE UP, starring Aya Cash and William Jackson Harper, which premiered exclusively on Hulu.

Matt founded Tilted Windmill Productions with the belief that commercially viable and artistically fulfilling filmmaking need not be mutually exclusive. After graduating from Northwestern University, Matt spent several years working in politics and government, including as the Director of Jewish Outreach for the Ohio Democratic Party during the 2008 Presidential election, and at the National Security Division of the Department of Justice.

Ratner has a variety of philanthropic and civic pursuits and is heavily involved in wildlife and habitat conservation in Africa, serving on the board of Conservancy Guardians USA. He also serves on the Next Generation Leadership Council for the Jewish Democratic Council of America.

Cynthia D. Shapira
Cynthia D. Shapira is entering her seventh year as chairwoman of Pennsylvania’s State System of Higher Education’s Board of Governors.  She initiated complete system redesign to achieve access and affordability, close attainment gaps, ensure financial sustainability, and ensure excellence in public higher education system governance excellence.  Cindy is vice-chair of the Brandeis University board of trustees and a former trustee of Point Park University.  She is president of the Shapira Foundation, a family foundation focused on providing financial and intellectual capital to ideas, programs, and that demonstrate strong returns on social impact.

As a community leader, Cindy serves on the board of the Allegheny County Airport Authority.  She is a past chair of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh board and past vice-chair of the Jewish Federations of North America board. She also has chaired the Advisory Board of the Pennsylvania Center for Women In Politics at Chatham University and served on the boards of the Pittsburgh Promise, United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania, and WQED Pittsburgh.

Cindy was the founder and chairwoman of the Southwestern PA United Way’s 21 & Able Initiative to address the needs of youth with varying abilities aging out of special education and to promote a right and entrée to work agenda.  She was Honorary Chair of Allegheny County 365, a project to dramatically increase inclusion and access for individuals of varying abilities in Allegheny County.

She served as a vice-chair of Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf's transition team and worked on the Governor's Advisory Board on Education and Workforce Development. She was appointed by Governor Tom Corbett to the Pennsylvania Commission on Women.  She was an Elector in the 2012 Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Electoral College and on the 2014 Federal Judiciary Selection Panel for the Western Pennsylvania District.

Cindy was named a Distinguished Daughter of Pennsylvania in 2017, City & State’s 2022 Pennsylvania Fifty Over 50, and City & State’s 2022 Higher Education Power 100Cindy has completed the requirements for the Ed.D. in higher education management at the University of Pennsylvania (Graduate School of Education) and officially receives her degree in August, 2022.  She holds an M.P.A. from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and a B.A. from Wellesley College.

She was a management consultant for over twenty years in the education and non-profit sectors with KPMG and then executive vice president of Pappas Consulting Group, Inc.  Representative clients included two state public higher education systems, Loyola University (Chicago), Sonoma State University, SUNY Maritime, Grinnell College, Western Carolina University, Northern Michigan University, University of Kansas, St. Paul’s School, UNICEF USA, National Council of Churches, and Hadassah, WZOA.

Carol Smokler
Carol Smokler attended Smith College and graduated from the University of Michigan.  She received an MA and Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Michigan.  She worked as a Clinical Psychologist for the Washtenaw County Community Mental Health Center and Chelsea Community Hospital in Chelsea Michigan.  She also had a private practice.  After more than 20 years of practice, Carol returned to school and completed post-doctoral training in Sports Psychology at Michigan State University.  She then worked in a sports medicine clinic and as a consultant to athletic teams, coaches, and individual athletes.  In addition, she was the first Sports Psychologist from Michigan to serve on the Olympic Registry working with individual Olympians as well as at the Olympic Festival. While residing in Ann Arbor, Michigan she served as a Board Member and Treasurer of the University Musical Society and a member of the Ann Arbor Hands-on Museum Board.  In addition, Carol was an active member of her local Jewish Federation where she was the Campaign Chair, founder of the Women’s Campaign and then President of the Federation. During her time in Ann Arbor, she began her long-term service to the national Jewish community.  She has worked as the President of National Women’s Philanthropy and National Chairman of Partnership 2000. Her personally most meaningful experience came from her 12 years as Chairman of the National Emergency Committee, including leading the Jewish community's response to 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina.  In addition, she has been a member of the Jewish Agency for Israel Board of Governors. Carol has also been a member of both the Board of Governors and the Board of Directors of International Hillel, where she was HR chairman and member of the executive committee. After moving to Florida in 2000 she worked to help strengthen and build the Federation of South Palm Beach County.   She was the founding chairman of the Overseas Committee, chair of the Leadership Development Committee and co-chair of the Committee for the Future. She continues to serve as a member of the Executive Committee. In the secular world Carol is a Member of the Board of Advisors of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, a member of the Kids4 Harmony (an El Sistema music program) in Berkshire County, Ma. and a member of the executive committee of Nephcure International. Carol and her husband, Irv, divide their time between Boca Raton, Florida and Lenox, Massachusetts.  They have three sons, two daughters-in-law and three wonderful grandchildren.
Debra Stein

Debra Stein is a former New York and Los Angeles based entertainment industry executive, where she held several positions, including Senior Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations for LIVE Entertainment. While at LIVE Entertainment, Debra was responsible for the international and home entertainment releases of company financed films with Miramax and for The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgement Day boxed set. Prior to joining LIVE, Debra served as Vice President of Worldwide Communications for M.C.E.G./Virgin; served as Vice President of Publicity for Michael Douglas’ Stone Group Pictures and formed the boutique agency, Stein and Villines. Debra later served as Vice President of Special Projects for Warner Bros. based Morgan Creek Entertainment. After graduating from Hampshire College, Debra became a publicist in New York for ABC, where she worked in their radio division. Debra then joined Arista Record’s publicity department where she worked with label artists Whitney Houston and The Grateful Dead. Debra now resides in Scottsdale, Arizona. She is a member of the Copper State Leadership Council for the Arizona Democratic Party, the Circle of Friends of the Maricopa County Democratic Party, served as co-chair for Arizona Jewish Women 4 Joe and leads the JDCA’s Arizona Chapter.

June Trone
June Malament Trone earned a degree in engineering with High Honors from Stony Brook University, where she was inducted into Tau Beta Pi, the national honorary society for engineers. Following her graduation, Mrs. Trone worked at Scott Paper Company for five years as both a process engineer and an industrial engineer. She earned her Master's in Business Administration (MBA) degree from the Wharton School in 1985 and joined her husband in the family business until stepping down in 1990 to raise the couple’s children. She has been an active volunteer in her children’s schools and with senior citizen organizations in the Washington, D.C. area, and serves on the Board of Directors for KEEN USA.
Alison Ullendorff
Alison Ullendorff is a philanthropist, college counselor, and attorney. Having received her BA in Government from Harvard College, an MA in International History from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a JD from the McGeorge School of Law, Alison began her career in the intellectual property department at the law firm of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, founded by former DNC chair, Chuck Manatt. She subsequently worked in-house for Turner Network Television as an entertainment attorney, before choosing to step back and serve as legal counsel to her husband David’s business, Mathnasium, LLC, during the early years of its founding, while simultaneously raising their four children, Jonah (23), Caleb (21), Abigail (20), and Henry (16). Alison and David presently split their time between Los Angeles and New York City and are actively involved with Jewish philanthropy and education on both coasts by virtue of a family foundation that they help administer. The Jewish Federation and Dorot are among the many organizations that are beneficiaries of their generous support. Alison also enjoys doing pro bono legal work for such organizations as the Esperanza Immigrant Rights Project through the Karsh Center at Wilshire Boulevard Temple and grassroots campaigning with One Monday at A Time. Alison recently completed coursework in the UCLA College Counseling Certificate Program. She currently serves on the Parents’ Council for both Duke University and Washington University in St. Louis.
Susan Wagner

Susan D. Wagner holds a J.D. from New York University Law School ('81) and an MA in Judaic Studies from the Jewish Theological Seminary ('12). She is a graduate of Barnard College ('78) and the Hillel School of Lawrence New York (’74), an early pioneer in modern Jewish education. Susan began her career as an Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of New York, then becoming Assistant Commissioner for Legal Matters for the New York Police Department.  From there, Susan was appointed the first Director of the Mayor's Office of Housing Coordination, by then Mayor, Edward Koch. She was an integral part of the team that developed and implemented a nationally recognized, affordable housing program. Following her City work, Susan held a number of positions in the private sector which combined her government, legal and political skills before returning to government, serving as the Deputy Comptroller of Nassau County for six years when the Democrats were in office.

Involvement in Jewish causes has been a hallmark of Susan’s life. Susan continues to study Judaism on an academic level at the Hadar Institute, Drisha, Shalom Hartman Institute and various synagogue programs. She served as Chair of the Ritual and LifeLong Learning Committees at Temple Israel of Great Neck, an egalitarian Conservative synagogue; she is an active member of UJA-Federation New York serving on various committees (presently the Global Safety Committee) and chaired a number of fundraising enterprises. She is on the Executive Board of the recently formed New York Jewish Agenda (NYJA) and is on the Advisory Board of IsraAid. Susan is a co-founder of Markers for Democracy, an active grassroots organization dedicated to electing Democrats up and down the ballot www.markersfordemocracy.org. Susan also co-founded Jews Defending American Values (JDAV), a SuperPAC focused on persuading Jews who vote in Florida to elect Democrats, which partnered with JDCA in the 2020 election.

Susan is married to Alan Klinger, co-managing partner at Stroock & Stroock & Lavan. Alan sits on various boards, including the Anti-Defamation League; United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism and is a member of Lawyers for Civil Rights. Their two sons are both attorneys and their daughter hold an MA in public administration with a specialty in not-for-profits.

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