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Announcing JTFN's New Director!

To the Jewish teen philanthropy community,

Earlier this year, the Jewish Teen Funders Network began an exhaustive search for a new director. Having considered a strong field of candidates, it is with great pleasure that I write to share that Briana Holtzman has been named JTFN’s next director. As program director of JTFN's Foundation Board Incubator for the past two years, Briana has helped cities around the world launch high investment, community wide Jewish teen foundations and has had the opportunity get to know a great deal of the field. We are thrilled that she will now take the lead at JTFN as we chart the course into the future!  

Before joining JTFN, Briana was the founding associate director at URJ Camp Kalsman, outside of Seattle, WA and participated in the Foundation for Jewish Camp’s (FJC) Yitro Leadership program. An FJC Bildner Graduate Fellow, she earned her MBA from University of Washington’s Foster School of Business with a focus on marketing and management. Briana currently serves on the Steering Committee for PresenTense’s New York Accelerator, as a trustee for the Sigma Delta Tau Foundation, and is a fellow in the inaugural cohort of UJA Federation of New York’s Ruskay Institute for Jewish Professional Leadership.

I know you will all join me in wishing Briana the best as she settles into her new role at JTFN. The upcoming Jewish Teen Philanthropy Summit this June will be a wonderful opportunity to meet Briana if you don’t yet know her, and for all of us to network, learn, and share.  I hope to see you there. 


Ricky Shechtel
Co-Founder, JTFN

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