Meet Our Staff
Jamie Allen Black
Chief Executive Officer, Jamie Allen Black, Chief Executive Officer of the Jewish Women’s Foundation, oversees all activities of the Foundation including grantmaking, development, advocacy, and operations. She has shepherded the organization into a new strategic direction – supporting Jewish women social entrepreneurs and leaders who are using a gender and Jewish lens to solve intractable problems facing women and girls throughout the world. She brings more than 25 years of nonprofit leadership experience to the Foundation and has a long history of promoting inclusive, diverse Jewish communities and mentoring lay leaders and professionals in leading through authenticity. In 2015, Jamie co-founded, with Naomi Eisenberger of The Good People Fund, Ta’amod: Stand Up! – the Jewish communal action to create safe respectful workplaces that are ethical and compassionate. Jamie graduated from New York University from which she was awarded the NYU Dean’s Alumni Award for Humanitarianism in 2010. She sings in the Community Choir at Central Synagogue and has a not-so-secret life as a voice actor.
Director of Strategic Engagement and Operations, oversees the Foundation’s development and operations activities. Melissa comes to the Foundation with a strong background in Jewish communal life, most recently as the Senior Manager for Matching Grants & Special Initiatives at the Jewish Funders Network (JFN), where she oversaw the organization’s matching grant programs, stewarded members, and helped to plan and execute the JFN Annual Conference. From 2005 until 2015, Melissa worked in UJA-Federation of New York’s Network Department, engaging with the nonprofit organizations in UJA-Federation’s network, cultivating interconnectedness and strengthening community impact. Originally from New York’s Hudson Valley, Melissa received a B.A. in Psychology and Music from Rutgers University, New Brunswick and a M.P.A from the Baruch College School of Public Affairs. While at Baruch, she completed a marketing and fundraising consultancy project for The Cahn Fellows Program for Distinguished Principals at Teachers College, Columbia University as well as a thesis project about change management in nonprofit organizations.
Director of Strategic Programs, oversees JWFNY’s programmatic activities, including the grants portfolio of Jewish women social entrepreneurs, as well as the Foundation’s communications strategy. 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.
Program Officer, supports the Foundation in its programmatic activities, including the grants portfolio of Jewish women social entrepreneurs, development, advocacy, and day-to-day operations. Before joining the Foundation in 2017, 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. In her spare time, Natasha volunteers at NAMI-NYC (National Alliance on Mental Illness of NYC.)
Communications and Development Associate, provides support to the Foundation including the in-office team, maintains files and the databases, handles correspondence and assists with day-to-day operations.
Prior to coming to the Foundation, a transplant from North Carolina, Emily worked within several not-for-profit theaters behind the scenes to support marginalized voices and their communities. She received her bachelor’s degrees in theatrical technology and studio painting from Appalachian State University, where she managed the Valborg Box Office and worked to found the the Musical Theatre Ensemble and the Women’s Theater Troupe, an organization focused on supporting women in all roles, on and off the stage.