THE JDC GLOBAL LEADERS INITIATIVE
The Global Leadership 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.
Nominations are now open for the 2024-2025 Global Leaders Initiative cohort.
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
2022-2023 GLI Cohort
Old Greenwich, CT
Old Greenwich, CT
Amanda Stern is a Senior Program Officer at Robin Hood, a foundation that distributes $120 million annually in the fight against poverty in New York City. As a Senior Program Officer, Amanda is responsible for finding, funding and creating programs that generate meaningful results for the most vulnerable New Yorkers. Amanda partners with nonprofit organizations in the Foundation’s Survival and Jobs and Economic Security portfolios. She specifically manages investments related to entrepreneurship, immigration, legal services, microfinance, workforce development, and critical safety net services.
Prior to joining Robin Hood, Amanda worked as an associate at the law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom representing developers, banks and private equity firms to develop, finance and lease real estate. She also practiced pro bono immigration law while at Skadden.
She currently lives with her family in lower Manhattan.
Jason has worked in sales for over 10 years and is currently a Senior Manager of Commercial Account Sales at Informatica, the leader in Cloud Data Management.
Jason has been active in the Atlanta Jewish community since he was a child. He currently serves on the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta Innovation Fund committee, fusing his passion for the Jewish community and innovative ideas. Jason also serves as a board member for the Weinstein Foundation.
In his spare time, Jason loves to travel to new places, explore new restaurants around town, and spend time with friends and family. Jason holds a B.S. in Marketing from the University of Colorado. He currently lives in Atlanta with his wife Staci, who works in the Jewish community in Atlanta.
Julia Winston is on a mission to deepen human connection in the workplace and beyond. With more than a decade of experience as a community builder, business leader, culture architect and yoga & mindfulness guide, Julia has designed and hosted hundreds of gatherings ranging across multiple contexts and sectors. Originally from Austin, Texas, Julia graduated from American University in Washington, DC and blazed a trail of adventures and impact from New York to Israel to India to Austin to San Francisco, where she has lived and worked since 2012.
As the Chief Culture Officer of Alpine Investors, Julia pioneered the implementation of a proprietary leadership and organizational development program across a vast portfolio of businesses undergoing mergers, acquisitions and leadership transitions to help teams generate clarity, alignment and healthy corporate cultures. Also a social entrepreneur, Julia started The Rainbow Letters to share the stories of LGBTQ families around the world through the lost art of letter writing,
Now the Founder of her own consulting business, Julia serves leaders across the world as an executive coach, experience designer and master facilitator. When she’s not bringing people together to make magic, you’re likely to find Julia hiking, journaling and hosting Shabbat dinners.
Based in Atlanta, Laura Dannels is the Vice President & Chief Learning Officer (CLO) for one of the Southeast’s largest healthcare systems. As CLO, Laura leads a team of almost 300 and serves as a strategic business partner, an executive ally of core business strategies and transformation programs, and as an enterprise change agent to enhance the positioning of WellStar within the industry. Laura’s leadership background is connected to well-recognized establishments, including her most recent assignment leading national learning & leadership development at Kaiser Permanente where she was responsible for initiatives that reached over 230,000 employees and physicians. Her leadership efforts were globally recognized in Training Magazine where she was selected as a “Top 5 Emerging Leader”. Prior to Kaiser, Laura led transformational leadership development for PG&E, which resulted in the organization ranking #14 in Training Magazine’s premier list of “Top 125 Global Training Organizations.” Her endeavor received praise as a model program for growing leaders from The White House and the Obama Administration. Preceding PG&E, Laura served as one of the founders of a leadership development consulting group.
Laura will complete her Ph.D. in Global Leadership and Change in April 2020 and received her MBA from the University of Houston in 2012. She has a passion for helping communities thrive and has participated in non-profit work across the globe. She participated in JDC Entwine’s Inside Jewish India Trip in 2015 and co-chaired the Eugene Ribakoff Fellowship in Global Leadership and Philanthropy in Israel in 2016. Most recently, Laura attended the Israel RE: JOINT Gene Ribakoff trip in November 2019.
Matthew has been involved with JDC Entwine for several years. In 2017, he spent two months in Israel working with a JDC partner organization on projects serving children in the refugee and asylum seeker community in South Tel Aviv as part of an Entwine Multi-Week Fellowship. He has also co-chaired or participated in Entwine trips to Bosnia, Ukraine and Rwanda.
A native Houstonian, Matthew is very involved in the local Jewish community. He serves on the Houston Federation’s Israel and Overseas Committee and as the representative of the Houston Federation on the advisory committee of the Israel Religious Expression Platform (“iRep”).
Matthew is a graduate of American University (international relations and economics) and the University of Texas School of Law. He speaks Spanish, Hebrew and a little bit of Danish
Perry Teicher, an attorney based in Orrick’s New York office, leads Orrick’s global Impact Finance & Investment group, advising impact-oriented clients globally.
Perry represents and advises entrepreneurs, fund sponsors, family offices, and tax-exempt organizations across a wide range of transactions, including corporate legal matters, cross-border mergers and acquisitions, private fund formation matters and portfolio transactions, and private placements. Perry particularly advises clients that aim to integrate social, environmental, and financial outcomes. As Orrick’s Impact Finance Attorney, Perry leads Orrick’s Impact Finance & Investment practice, the first impact-oriented practice at a global law firm. Orrick’s Impact Finance & Investment practices serves a global client base across a range of sector, leveraging Orrick’s unique capabilities to provide innovative, effective, and thoughtful legal services to those clients aiming to create positive social and environmental change alongside targeted financial returns.
Perry served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Kazakhstan, where he supported the development of businesses aiming to create mobility and opportunity for people with disabilities in the region. Perry is a Ariene de Rothschild Fellow and member of the ROI Community and NEXUS. A native of the Detroit area and University of Michigan graduate, Perry remains committed to the Detroit area, supporting Detroit expat initiatives nationally.
Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles, CA
William Goldberg joined Netflix Animation in June 2021 as a creative development executive. At Netflix, William oversees a diverse slate of live-action and animated feature films and television series for kid and family audiences. He previously led the creative development team at Pearl Studio’s US headquarters in New York. He oversaw the development of feature film projects for the studio, including ABOMINABLE (DreamWorks Animation/Universal 2019) and the Oscar-nominated OVER THE MOON (Netflix 2020).
Prior to joining Pearl, William was a film producer and Director Development at Paper Street Films. His credits include Maya Forbes’ INFINITELY POLAR BEAR and Michael Mayer’s THE SEAGULL. William began his career at the Tribeca Film Festival, where he was an Associate Programmer for the annual festival in New York as well as for its international festivals in Doha, Qatar and Florence, Italy.
William served a two-year term as Co-chair of JDC Entwine’s New York Planning Group. He traveled to Cuba with the JDC in 2016 and participated in a Giving Circle. He was a member of UJA Federation’s Media and Entertainment Council from 2012-2021.
William graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, and he lives in Los Angeles.