The People

Jamie Allen Black

Chief Executive Officer, oversees all activities of the Foundation including grantmaking, development, advocacy, and operations. She brings more than 25 years of nonprofit leadership experience to the Foundation, most recently as the Director of Strategic Initiatives at Big Tent Judaism. There, she worked with the staff and Board to create inclusive and diverse Jewish communities throughout North America. Jamie also served as the Director of Strategic Planning, Communications and Training at Hadassah, where she mentored and trained professionals and Board members with development portfolios and created and implemented a multi-year strategic fundraising plan with innovative strategies for increasing donor participation. Jamie was a founding Board member of A More Perfect Union—an organization serving women recovering from domestic violence, drug addiction, and homelessness in facilities in New York City and Westchester. Jamie graduated from New York University from which she was awarded the NYU Dean’s Alumni Award for Humanitarianism in 2010. She is a Board Member of the Elizabeth A. MacDonald Foundation and sings in the Community Choir at Central Synagogue.

Rachel Siegel

Program Manager, oversees an exciting grants portfolio of Jewish women social entrepreneurs. She also manages the Foundation’s communications strategy and represents JWFNY in the Jewish Women’s Funding Network. Prior to joining the Foundation, Rachel received her Master of Science in Social Work with a focus in Social Enterprise Administration from Columbia University.  During her graduate studies Rachel completed an internship with UJA-Federation of New York where she aided in the grantmaking process for older adults, including a new initiative for voluntarism in the Baby Boomer cohort.  Earlier, Rachel served as the Marketing and Communications Assistant for the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), where she was responsible for assisting with the organization’s marketing efforts and coordinated the staff and board delegation to the Jewish Federation of North America’s General Assembly conference.  She also participated in the Jewish Communal Service Corps Fellowship at the Hillel in Philadelphia, where she was responsible for student engagement in Jewish life at Temple and Drexel Universities.  Rachel received her undergraduate degree from Binghamton University.

Natasha Mayer

Financial & Administrative Coordinator, supports the Foundation in all of its functions, including grantmaking, development, advocacy, and day-to-day operations. Before joining the Foundation, Natasha worked as the Office Manager at the Law Offices of Michael G. Berger. While an undergraduate, she interned at the Brooklyn Public Library, where she supported programming at The Child’s Place for Children with Special Needs. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Oberlin College, where she conducted research within the Psychology Department, and chaired the Oberlin Student Theater Association.

Executive Committee

Debbie Cosgrove, President
Avra Gordis, Vice President
Rachel Weinstein, Vice President
Aela Morgan, Secretary
Madeleine R. Grant, Treasurer
Miriam Caslow, Immediate Past President & Governance Chair

Board of Directors

Madelyn Bucksbaum Adamson
Loren Averick
Rachel Bluth
Kathryn Weg Brandt
Emily Gindi
Roberta Gordon
Elise Hahn-Rubin
Phyllis Herz
Shelly Mitchell
Melody Sawyer Richardson
Sheri Sandler
Julie R. Sissman
Diane Stern
Nancy Schwartz Sternoff z”l

Honorary Board
(Founders & Past Presidents)

Frances Brandt
Madeline Caslow
Marilyn Gottlieb
Madeleine R. Grant
Fern Hurst
Betsy Landis
Klara Silverstein
Peggy Tishman z”l
Lynn Tobias
Arlene Wittels