Dr. Afikomen McMatzah, PhD, Unleven Consultant
The newest member of our team, Dr. McMatzah is the Unleven Consultant for JTFN. Originally from Crumb, West Virginia, Dr. McMatzah is an expert in Unleven Philanthropy, a new school of philanthropic thought that combines best practices in grantmaking with the unique methodology of creating scientifically perfect matzah. After being plagued by complications at his last job where he couldn't get a raise (or maybe he was in de-nile), Dr. McMatzah couldn't pass-over the opportunity to work with the wonderful team at JTFN. In his new role, he's hoping to do maror for the field of philanthropy and promises to always seder the right thing.
Wayne Green, Exective 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, Community and Special Projects Manager
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, Senior Program Manager
Jewish Teen Funders Network Steering Committee
Jeff Solomon, Chair
Mark Charendoff, Maimonides Fund
Hallie Shapiro Devir, Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago
Ricky Shechtel, Jewish Teen Funders Network co-founder
Andrés Spokoiny, Jewish Funders Network
Doug Bitonti Stewart, Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation
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
William E. & Maude S. Pritchard Charitable Trust
JTFN is also grateful to those funders who supported our early growth and development:
Estelle Friedman Gervis Foundation
The Harold Grinspoon Foundation