The Global Leaders Initiative (GLI) is an unparalleled, invitation-only leadership program for enterprising young Jews, in their late 20s to 30s to serve on JDC’s Board of Directors.

Through a 2-year board service term, GLI members gain experience and knowledge to become effective lay leaders and advocates for global Jewish issues and JDC.

GLI, founded in 2016, is an initiative of JDC Entwine and seeks to develop a critical mass of young leaders who can make a meaningful contribution and bring fresh perspectives to the organization.

GLI includes the following integrated components:

A Training Platform

Learn from JDC’s century of experience and explore current global trends, challenges, interventions and opportunities.

A Leadership Opportunity

Serve on JDC’s Board of Directors for two years.

A Peer Network

Become part of a cohort of talented and highly motivated young leaders.

A Peer Network

Become part of a cohort of highly educated, networked young leaders committed to global Jewish issues

2024-2025 GLI Cohort

Aaron Marcus

Silver Spring, Maryland

Alex Thomson

Washington, District Of Columbia

David Lubek

Toronto, Canda

Erin Zaikis

New York, New York

Jennifer Sutton

New York, New York

Jeremy Levin

Chicago, Illinois

Justin Shechtel

Boston, Massachusetts

Lexie Komisar

New York, New York

Madeleine Reiches

Kansas City, Missouri

Michael Lewis

Dallas, Texas

Michelle Bernstein

New York, New York

Ryan Kaplan

Atlanta, Georgia

Sarah Shekhter

San Diego, California

Shira Yomtoubian

San Diego, California