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Our Team

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Jennifer Gross, Chief Executive Officer, previously served as Vice President of UJA-Federation of New York, heading its Affinity Campaign, and was a member of UJA's senior management group. While at UJA, Ms. Gross oversaw the Affinity Campaign, which raised $78 million in her final year. She brought innovative fundraising approaches and initiatives, as well as inspiration and leadership to a team of 70.

Before joining UJA professionally in 2014, Ms. Gross was a principal and managing director at Archview Investment Group, an event-driven credit opportunities hedge fund seeded by Blackstone, where she led the capital-raising team. She also has an impressive track record of lay leadership and community involvement. Throughout her financial services career, Ms. Gross was an active lay leader at UJA, chairing its Women's Executive Circle, Investment Management Division, and serving on UJA's Board of Directors, Wall Street Strategic Council and Campaign Steering Group. She is a chair of AIPAC's Women's Division, a member and past chair of Hadassah's Investment Group and a board member of the Jewish Center of Atlantic Beach, Meir Panim and Northwestern University Hillel. Additionally, she is a Mandel Executive Leadership Fellow. Ms. Gross received her BA from Northwestern University.

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Ahron "Ari" Wein, Chief Financial Officer, has been in this position with American Friends of Tel Aviv University for 20 years. His previous financial and accounting positions include: Manager of Accounting at the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism; the Director of Finance & Budget at the Opportunity Development Association; and a staff accountant at Loeb and Troper, CPAs. He has also served as a consultant to the American Friends of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. Mr. Wein received his Bachelor of Science degree in accounting with a minor in computer science from the City University of New York, Brooklyn Campus.

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Ross Adler, Data and IT Services Analyst, works with the national fundraising team to seek out new opportunities to enhance donor data, provide statistical and analytical reports, and target specific populations to help maximize giving potential. He holds a BA in Sociology and History from Columbia University.

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Lisa Attias, Director of Donor Information Management, has been with American Friends for 20 years, working in close collaboration with the CFO and Controller. She has a BA in Political Science from Stony Brook University | The State University of New York and a JD from Villanova University.

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Alexandra Bernstein, New York Metropolitan Area Development Director, is a graduate of Brandeis University and began her career at New York UJA. More recently she served as a Development Associate with the Westchester/Connecticut Chapter of Friends of the Israel Defense Forces.

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Jeffrey Fuchs, Controller, has worked in the not-for-profit environment for 35+ years. Jeff has worked as a Tax Examiner for New York State; a controller for The National Kidney Foundation; and a comptroller with Population Services International, a private voluntary organization that designed and managed USAID and private programs in developing countries In that position, Mr. Fuchs frequently traveled to Mexico and Bangladesh. He has a BA in Accounting from the Bernard M. Baruch College of CUNY.

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Gabrielle Goldman, Foundation Director, comes to AFTAU from the Jewish Federation system. She was a writer in the Office of the Executive Vice President & CEO at UJA-Federation of New York for six years, working directly for John Ruskay. Gabrielle has also worked for the Jewish Council for Public Affairs and has consulted for the UJF of Greater Stamford, New Canaan and Darien, and the Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts. Gabrielle has an MPA from the NYU Wagner School of Public Service and a BA cum laude in International Affairs from Skidmore College.

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Jacob Gorchov, Development Associate, works with the Region’s fundraising team to provide comprehensive support to the Region’s fundraising goals and directives. Mr. Gorchov lived in Philadelphia and San Francisco before returning to New York to pursue a career in the nonprofit world, specializing in arts, education, and social welfare. He holds a BA in English and Urban Planning from Temple University.

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Dorit Gotliev-Amit, Event Management Administrative Assistant, worked as the head of the Event Planning Department at Fogel Ogilvy and as a Business Account Manager at Bank Hapoalim. She has a BA in Human Relationship and Business Administration from Sapir Collage–Ben Gurion University of the Negev.

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Kelly Grunther, Vice President of Marketing and Communications, Vice President of Marketing and Communications, comes to AFTAU from UJA-Federation of New York, where she developed and implemented fundraising strategies including donor cultivation, events, and corporate development as the Assistant Director of UJA's Entertainment, Marketing and Communications Group. Prior to UJA, she had been the President and Founder of Kelly Grunther Public Relations, a full service firm representing clients in sports, entertainment, health care, fashion, beauty, and business, such as the Motion Picture & Television Fund, the NFL Player Care Foundation, and the Foxwoods/MGM Grand. Ms. Grunther graduated from the University of Rochester with a BA in Political Science and Journalism.

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George Hunka, Communications Manager, joined American Friends in 2007, assisting the Vice President of Marketing and Communications in maintaining TAU’s presence on the Web and in the news media. As a playwright and critic, he has been the recipient of an Edward Albee Foundation Fellowship, and his writings about theatre have appeared in The New York Times, Yale University’s Theatre magazine, and elsewhere.

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Julie Lipsett-Singer, Senior Vice President of Development, has more than 20 years of experience in the global Jewish community. Prior to joining AFTAU, she was Chief Development Officer of the Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey, where she led the strategic reorganization of the Financial Resource Development (FRD), Communications and Planned Giving departments and platforms. Julie was the Vice President of FRD at the Jewish Agency for Israel and the Director of Development at American Friends of NATAL, the Israel Trauma Center for Victims of Terror and War. She holds an MS Degree in Social Work from Columbia and a BA in Sociology from Penn.

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Karen P. Marcus, Senior Director for the Southeast Region, comes to AFTAU after three years as the Miami Area Director for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), where she managed the fundraising and development for their $4 million annual campaign. Among other activities, she was responsible for building substantive relationships with major investors and cultivating prospective contributors through parlor meetings, national conferences, and one-on-one conversations.

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Joanna Naftali, Associate Vice President, Midwest, comes to AFTAU from Northwestern University, where she served as Director of Major Gifts since the launch of its successful $5 billion campaign. At Northwestern, she managed a team of regionally deployed major gift officers and maintains a portfolio of donors and regional campaign volunteers throughout the central U.S. An accomplished fundraiser, she has deep roots in the educational, philanthropic, and arts sectors, and was the recipient of a distinguished fellowship in arts management at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, focused in organizational leadership, strategic planning, financial management, public relations, marketing, and corporate sponsorship.

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Polina Nisenbaum, Art Director, has more than 10 years of design experience with Avon,, Teachscape and Studio Mobile, now part of Base, NYC. Her work with Studio Mobile earned numerous national and international awards, including a Jury Selection honor in the 2005 Japan Media Arts Festival. Polina has an MBA in Communication Design from Parsons School of Design.

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Niki Shapiro, Western Region Executive Assistant and Office Manager, is a graduate of the San Francisco Art Institute and began her career in New York at the Israel Histadrut Foundation. More recently she served as Events Manager with the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health.

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Ronit Sharir, National Director of Alumni Affairs, possesses vast experience in human resources, organizational development, consulting, group facilitation, and coaching in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors. She previously designed, planned, and executed StartUp 360, an educational Bay Area ecosystem tour for EMBA graduates from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She earned her MA in Labor Studies at Tel Aviv University, is a native of Israel, and makes her home in the Bay Area with her family.

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Carolyn Steinberg, Associate Vice President for Northern California, has 25 years of experience in building and developing major gifts fundraising networks. Her previous management positions included serving as the State Finance Campaign Director for the California Superintendent of Public Instruction, as well as heading major gifts for Northern California, Oregon and Washington for Hadassah. Carolyn has been active in a wide spectrum of Bay Area Jewish community organizations, and worked on behalf of national political figures.

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Jennifer Young, Vice President of Planned Giving and Development Analytics, brought her expertise in strategic donor development to AFTAU in 2014. Since then she's built the legacy and planned giving program and raised tens of millions of dollars to support the students, researchers, and professors at Tel Aviv University. Prior to joining AFTAU, Ms. Young led planned giving activities for Jewish Federation of Greater Washington's $185 million endowment. Her development expertise has impacted some of America's most treasured institutions, including the Smithsonian, Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum, and the NASA Mars Exploration Rover Mission. She earned her Masters of Arts Management from Carnegie Mellon University's School of Public Policy and Management and studied Archaeology and Classics as an undergraduate at Tulane and FSU. She is a Certified Fund Raising Executive.


Haylee Zirman, Senior Director for the Northeast Region, comes to AFTAU from Hillel International, where she served as Director of its Global Leadership Society in New York City. Prior to Hillel, she worked at UJA-Federation of New York as the Senior Development Executive in the Wall Street and Financial Services Division, overseeing the Private Equity Division. Before joining the Wall Street Division, she served as a Development Executive in the Emerging Leaders & Philanthropists Division, focusing on young philanthropic leaders in their thirties and forties. Haylee began her career in development at Carnegie Hall, working in the Patrons and Notables Program. She graduated cum laude from Franklin & Marshall College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government and is on the Board of Directors of its Klehr Center for Jewish Life.


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