Faculty Members

Rae Ringel

Rae Ringel is a certified executive coach and founding President of The Ringel Group. She is a faculty member at the Georgetown University Institute for Transformational Leadership and founding director of their certificate program in the Art of Facilitation and Design. She is also adjunct faculty at the University ofMaryland Robert H. Smith School of Business.

Rae is in high demand as an innovator in the areas ofcoaching, facilitation and training across sectors. She enables a growing list of executives in some of the most successful Fortune 500 companies, nonprofits and government agencies to become more effective managers and stronger communicators with a formidable leadership presence.

Rae offers deep experience in the areas of fundraising and board development. Prior to startingThe Ringel Group, Rae was the Director of Professional and Volunteer Development at UnitedJewish Communities, a two-billion dollar annual enterprise that provides global humanitarian and development assistance. In this capacity, Rae devised an award-winning interactive web-based training program and myriad conferences in service of over 20,000 professionals and volunteers. Rae is a Phi Beta Kappa Graduate of the University of Rochester. She received her Master’s Degree in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University, and earned her Leadership Coaching certification from Georgetown University. She was a Wexner Graduate Fellow and now holds a faculty position with the Wexner Foundation. Rae lives in Washington D.C. with her husband and four children.

Julia Winston

Julia is a Facilitator and Experience Design Consultant + Trainer based in Oakland, California. With a background in community building and corporate leadership, Julia works with leaders, teams and organizations around the world to bring people together in meaningful ways so that we can invite more humanity to the workplace and beyond. She is also a writer, hiker, and (amateur) challah baker!

Ann Cohen

Ann Cohen is committed to working with her clients to help them define and execute strategy, governance, learning, and whatever it takes to identify and achieve high performing practices.
With over 25 years in the nonprofit sector as a consultant, board leader, program director and faculty member, Ann’s work spans high performing governance and board development, management effectiveness, strategic planning, and program design. She believes in ‘making it work’ and thus works in partnership with her clients to implement and deliver the leadership training, coaching, conflict resolution, and learning required to implement, lead, and act.
Her practice led to the creation of PRESIDE, a nationwide leadership program for board chairs and CEOs learning at the intersection of leadership and governance through a values-based lens.
Concurrent with her practice, and for the past 16years, Ann is proud to have served as a Senior BoardSource Governance Consultant which has led to the formation of the Nonprofit Board Governance Consultants Group. Through these associations Ann provides thought leadership and broad expertise to support the advancement of the sector.
Governance and strategic planning clients include national, regional and global organizations including Anti-Defamation League, Intellectual Property Owners Association, JAFI, Fountain House, Hillel International, Goodwill of the Greater East Bay, Powerhouse Arts, Russell Berrie Foundation, The Washington Center, the United States Department of Justice, and the
Department of Agriculture Hass Avocado and Cotton Boards.
Corporation engagement focuses on design of social impact programs, social responsibility, bringing corporate leaders into the nonprofit sector and more. Clients include BP, Thrivent Financial, HSBC, Liberty Mutual, Chevron, Medtronic, Cardinal IP, Crossroads Systems, and SRA.
Prior to her consulting practice, Ann was Vice President at EDS, now HP, securing and running a $3.5 billion base of business in the financial markets, global law enforcement and aeronautics. Her career began as a Justice Department attorney, where she litigated cases across the US including the US Supreme Court.
She lives what she does; having served on many boards in the areas of social justice, education, religion, and community building including the United Way of the National Capitol Area, the United States-Israel Science and Technology Commission, and HIAS, protecting and resettling refugees.
Ann graduated cum laude from Clark University and earned her juris doctor from Antioch School of Law.

Dr. Erica Brown

Dr. Erica Brown is an associate professor at George Washington University and the director of its Mayberg Center for Jewish Education and Leadership. She is the author of eleven books on leadership, the Hebrew Bible and spirituality. Her forthcoming book is Jonah: The Reluctant Prophet. Her other books include Take Your Soul to Work: 365 Meditations on Every Day Leadership and Happier Endings: A Meditation on Life and Death (Simon and Schuster), which won both the Wilbur and Nautilus awards for spiritual writing. Her previous books include Inspired Jewish Leadership, a National Jewish Book Award finalist, Spiritual Boredom, Confronting Scandal and co-authored The Case for Jewish Peoplehood (All Jewish Lights). She also wrote Seder Talk: A Conversational Haggada, Leadership in the Wilderness, In the Narrow Places and Return: Daily Inspiration for the Days of Awe (All OU/Koren). She writes a monthly

column for the New York Jewish Week and has blogged for JTA, Psychology Today and Newsweek/Washington Post’s “On Faith” and tweets on one page of Talmud study a day at DrEricaBrown. She previously served as the scholar-in-residence at both The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and the Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Boston. Erica was a Jerusalem Fellow, is a faculty member of the Wexner Foundation, an Avi Chai Fellow and the recipient of the 2009 Covenant Award for her work in education. Erica has degrees from Yeshiva University, University of London, Harvard University and Baltimore Hebrew University.

Rabbi Shais Rishon

Rabbi Shais Rishon (MaNishtana) is an author, educator, playwright and public speaker.  A New York-based African-American Orthodox Jew, MaNishtana grew up Chabad-Lubavitch and hails on his mother’s side from a legacy of African-American Judaism stretching into the 1780’s. Rabbi Rishon is the author of three books on the Jewish and African-American identity, including his debut novel, “Ariel Samson, Freelance Rabbi” which won as Finalist for the 2018 National Jewish Book Award’s Goldberg Award. He is currently working on “A Traditional Torah Commentary for the 21st Century”.