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Staff, Advisors, and Funders

JTFN Staff

Wayne Green, Director

Wayne relocated to New York in 2017 from Melbourne, Australia having worked in London and across Australia. Wayne came to New York having received an Australia Federal government Endeavour Executive Fellowship to undertake professional development and research in youth programming and service delivery. Wayne has significant experience of over 15 years in non-profit management and has worked on programs on a local, state and national level. With a background in health and community lead programs, and more recently in working with Jewish communities, Wayne has a commitment and passion to continue his work with social justice based upon Jewish values. He has also worked to pursue equality and diversity of LGBTQ rights within Jewish communities and developed change initiatives to support inclusion. Wayne believes in teens as the next generation to lead significant change to support Tikkun Olam and is dedicated to building programs to support teen giving and connected engagement. Wayne is an avid film goer and is often seen at the local restaurants eating with friends. He also has an obsession to find the perfect milkshake.

 

Alana Hollander, Program Associate

With a background in Jewish nonprofits, Alana began her career in the field at the Queens Regional office for Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America. She later continued on to serve as a Managing Supervisor for Hillcrest Jewish Center, a conservative egalitarian synagogue in Fresh Meadows, NY. During her seven years at Hillcrest Jewish Center, she assisted in developing and enhancing numerous programs and fundraisers. A graduate of SUNY Purchase with a BA in Theater Studies, Alana also has a great deal of experience in the arts.   Early in her career, she spent several years working as a stage manager for a variety of off-Broadway productions and briefly worked as a lighting technician at MTV. In her spare time Alana enjoys playing guitar and writing music.

Danielle Segal, Program Manager

Danielle Segal was born in London, United Kingdom and moved to New York in 2010. After graduating with a BA in Theatre Studies from Warwick University (UK), Danielle has worked in the non-profit Jewish profession for over a decade, both as a Jewish educator, camp director and as a manager for an international Jewish charity. She has developed several curricula, including teen leadership courses, and has led workshops on teacher training, team management and improvisation techniques. Danielle was awarded the Jack Petchey Award for Outstanding Service to Young People in 2009 and is a trained Maven with StorahTelling. Danielle is a huge musical theatre fan, goes to see Broadway shows as often as she can, and enjoys trivia nights and eating out in New York restaurants. She resides with her husband in Brooklyn. 

Laura Schultze, Communications Associate

Laura Schultze is the Communications Associate at the Jewish Teen Funders Network. She has lived all over California and moved to New York in 2014. Laura worked many years in Jewish education, working at JCCs, synagogues and Jewish camps, and is excited to be a part of the Jewish Teen Funders Network. She continues her love of teaching Jewish teens as a Youth Director at a synagogue on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Laura is a graduate of San Francisco State University with a BA in Drama, and loves writing short plays and filming sketch comedy. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring the boroughs, seeing Broadway musicals, and finding the perfect brunch.

 

Jewish Teen Funders Network Steering Committee

Jeff Solomon, Chair

Mark Charendoff, Maimonides Fund

Hallie Shapiro Devir, Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago

Winnie Sandler Grinspoon, Harold Grinpsoon Foundation

Jonathan Horowitz

Ricky Shechtel, Jewish Teen Funders Network co-founder

Andrés Spokoiny, Jewish Funders Network

Doug Bitonti Stewart, Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation

 

Funders

JTFN, and the field of Jewish teen philanthropy, would not exist without the vision and leadership of our dedicated funders:

Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation

Laura & Gary Lauder Philanthropic Fund

Maimonides Fund

William E. & Maude S. Pritchard Charitable Trust

Shechtel Philanthropies  

JTFN is also grateful to those funders who supported our early growth and development:  

Estelle Friedman Gervis Foundation

The Harold Grinspoon Foundation