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, 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
Laura Schultze, Communications Coordinator
Laura Schultze is the Communications Coordinator at the Jewish Teen Funders Network. She has lived all over California and moved to New York in 2014. Laura has worked many years in Jewish education, working at JCCs, synagogues and Jewish camps. Laura is a graduate of San Francisco State University with a BA in Drama, and is one of 23 participants in YESH The Institute at UJA-Federation of New York. Funded by the Jim Joseph Foundation, YESH brings together people who are 2-4 years into their careers in the Jewish nonprofit sector, helping them focus their drive to succeed and grow in the field and in their own professional lives. Laura lives in Brooklyn and loves writing short plays and filming sketch comedy.
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