CEO Onboarding Program announces Second Cohort

Leading Edge, the Alliance for Excellence in Jewish Leadership, has announced the 14 participants in Cohort Two of its CEO Onboarding Program, a 12-month leadership development experience designed to help senior leaders of Jewish organizations confront the unique challenges and opportunities facing the American Jewish community.

These new cohort members represent a diverse swath of executive directors and CEOs from Jewish nonprofit organizations. Over the course of the CEO Onboarding Program, cohort members will forge connections with peers in the American Jewish community; learn with and from expert veterans in the field; collaborate with trained leadership coaches; hone their management skills at the preeminent Center for Creative Leadership; and participate in a one-of-a-kind, on-the-ground learning experience with the Shalom Hartman Institute and the Israel Institute.

“Tomorrow’s success depends on today’s leaders. As demographics shift in our society, the need to support CEOs transitioning into Jewish organizations is critical,” says Gali Cooks, Executive Director of Leading Edge. “Cohort Two of the CEO Onboarding Program is a key component of Leading Edge’s commitment to strengthening the leadership pipeline in the Jewish nonprofit sector. The Cohort will leverage the program to create lasting benefits for the participants, their organizations, and the Jewish community.”

The 14 members of Cohort Two are:

  • Ilana Aisen, JPRO Network
  • Paul Bernstein, Prizmah: Center for Jewish Day Schools
  • Jamie Allen Black, Jewish Women’s Foundation of New York
  • Rachel Fishman Feddersen, The Forward
  • Aaron Katler, UpStart
  • David Katznelson, Reboot
  • Howard Libit, Baltimore Jewish Council
  • Arlene Miller, Jewish Federation & Family Services, Orange County
  • Heather Moran, Sixth & I
  • Todd Polikoff, Jewish Nevada
  • Eric M. Robbins, Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta
  • Rabbi David Rosenn, Hebrew Free Loan Society
  • Avi Rubel, Honeymoon Israel
  • Seth Vilensky, Montefiore

More information about Cohort Two, as well as the graduates of Cohort One and details of the Program, can be found by visiting:

The CEO Onboarding Program is stewarded by TBF Consulting and funded by the Jim Joseph Foundation, the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, and the Helen Diller Family Foundation.