Faculty Members

Rabbi Mike Uram

Rabbi Mike Uram is the Chief Vision and Education Officer for Pardes North America. Before that, he served as the Executive Director and Campus Rabbi at Penn Hillel for over 16 years. He is the author of the best-selling book, Next Generation Judaism: How College Students and Hillel Can Help Reinvent Jewish Organizations, which won a National Jewish Book Award in 2016. He is a sought-after speaker and consultant on the changing nature of the American Jewish community, Jewish innovation, cutting-edge engagement, and how legacy organizations can reinvent themselves in the age of millennials.

Melissa Gerr

Melissa Gerr is an award-winning content producer in audio, video and print. Led by a fine-tuned curiosity, there is no topic too grand, odd, small or obscure that won’t capture her interest. She is a producer and contributor for NPR affiliate station WYPR radio in Baltimore, MD. As a member of Beth Am Synagogue, she serves as chair of adult education and recently joined the staff at Towson University as an adjunct professor in the Department of Electronic Media and Film.

Rabbi Steven Schwartz

The Rabbi Mark Loeb Senior Rabbi’s Chair, Endowed by the Herbert Bearman Foundation

Rabbi Steve Schwartz joined the Beth El community in 1998 when he began his service to the congregation as its Assistant Rabbi. Upon the retirement of Rabbi Mark Loeb in 2008 Rabbi Schwartz became the congregation’s third Senior Rabbi, now occupying the Rabbi Mark Loeb Senior Rabbi’s Chair, endowed by the Herbert Bearman Foundation.
Ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary in 1998, Rabbi Schwartz is a graduate of Brandeis University, and also holds a Masters degree from the University of Maryland in the field of Psychology. Along with his service to Beth El Rabbi Schwartz is active and engaged in the community, sitting on the Boards of Directors of the Zanvyl and Isabelle Krieger Fund and the Baltimore Jewish Council where he serves as an officer. He is the community member at large of the Johns Hopkins Homewood Institutional Review Board, a past president of the Baltimore Board of Rabbis, and an emeritus trustee of the Institute for Islamic, Christian, and Jewish Studies.
Rabbi Schwartz has proudly continued on the path of his predecessors Rabbi Mark Loeb and Rabbi Jacob Agus, and is committed to building a progressive, open, and pluralistic Jewish community where all are welcome.

Randi Pupkin

Randi Alper Pupkin, Founder/ Executive Director of Art with a Heart, Inc.
In March 2000, after practicing law for 14 years, Randi Pupkin founded Art with a Heart. Art with a Heart is a non-profit organization that provides 14,000 interactive visual art classes annually to children, youth and adults in Baltimore’s most compromised communities. In addition to its core classes, Art with a Heart’s efforts include a workforce development
program, a leadership program, community service initiatives, large-scale public art projects and a retail/social enterprise store called HeARTwares, located in Baltimore, Maryland.
Randi is a 2009 graduate of the Weinberg Fellows program and a 2008 graduate of GBC Leadership. In May 2016, Randi was honored as one of Baltimore City’s Inspiring Voices by Community Law In Action (CLIA) and in May 2011, the YWCA honored Randi at its annual Leader Lunch. Randi was also honored by the Daily Record as one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women in 2005, 2008 and in May 2011, was inducted into the Circle of Excellence as a third time honoree. In 2007, Randi received the
Distinguished Alumni Award by Lynchburg College and in 2009, she was selected to give the commencement address to its graduates. In October 2018, Randi was one of 10 Homecoming Heroes recognized during the inaugural Baltimore Homecoming and January 2019, she received a Champion of Courage award from WBFF-TV and M&T Bank for her passionate commitment to youth and to the Baltimore community. In September of 2021, Randi was named one of The Daily Record’s 2021 Most Admired CEO honorees.
Randi serves on the Board of the Elijah Cummings Youth Program in Israel, The Rose Street Community Center, Shalom Tikvah, along with the Johns Hopkins SOURCE Community Council, and the Baltimore Fine Arts Plan Advisory Committee.
Randi is married to Dr. Andrew Pupkin and they have three children, Jessica 28, Ethan 25 and Isiah 35, who Randi met in a group home when he was 13 years of age and who joined their family when he was 17.

Bill McCarthy

William J. McCarthy, Jr., has been the executive director of Catholic Charities of Baltimore in August of 2009. He leads an Agency of more than 2,000 employees and 8000 volunteer, =providing care and services for people experiencing  poverty, older Marylanders, children and families in crisis, our new neighbors in the immigrants=community and individuals with intellectual disabilities.

Mr. McCarthy oversees more than 80 programs at 200 locations throughout Maryland. Some of Catholic Charities’ largest programs include Our Daily Bread Employment Center, Sarah’s House, Gallagher Services, Head Start, Supportive Senior Communities, My Sister’s Place Women’s Center, St. Vincent’s Villa and Villa Maria Community Resources

He was previously the market president for SunTrust Bank, Maryland, and served as the head of wealth and investment management for the Mid-Atlantic Group. He also served in executive management positions at Allfirst Financial and M&T Bank. Prior to that, Mr. McCarthy was in the private practice of law, specializing in taxation.

Mr. McCarthy serves on the board of the Baltimore Branch of the Richmond Federal Reserve Bank as well as on the boards of the Greater Baltimore Committee, Notre Dame University of Maryland, The Thomas O’Neill Catholic Health Care Fund, Board of Financial Administration of the Archdiocese of Baltimore and the Maryland Catholic Conference.

He earned both law and master’s degrees from the University Of Baltimore School Of Law and a bachelor’s degree from Seton Hall University, and he is a graduate of Loyola Blakefield. He and his wife, Maria, reside in Lutherville, Maryland, with their son Ryan.

Sarah Hemminger

Sarah Hemminger is a social entrepreneur, scientist, and ice dancer who is the co-founder and CEO of Thread, an organization that works to harness the power of relationships to support exceptional young people who face significant opportunity and achievement gaps. Equipped with the fundamental understanding that we all need interpersonal bonds, Sarah believes that building relationships across lines of difference in a way that makes each person feel seen, known and loved can end social isolation and weave a more equitable social fabric that improves the educational, economic and health outcomes for everyone involved. She has almost two decades of experience in the development, expansion, and replication of an innovative, paradigm-shifting model that has led to exemplary outcomes for young people and a deeply knitted and diverse community of thousands of Baltimoreans.

Sarah was awarded fellowships from Ashoka, Echoing Green, Open Society Institute, and the Albert Schweitzer Fellows Program. Her work with Thread has been covered by the New York Times, Forbes, and the Chronicle of Philanthropy and she has been a featured speaker at the Aspen Ideas Festival, the White House, the Smithsonian Symposium on American Philanthropy, TEDx Washington Square, TEDx Baltimore and Emerson Collective Demo Day.

Sarah received her undergraduate degree in 2002 and Ph.D. in 2010, both in biomedical engineering from the Johns Hopkins University. Her work focused on the role of the cerebellum and the primary motor cortex on the time scales of consolidation of motor memory and was published in the Journal of Neuroscience, Journal of Neurophysiology, and Cerebral Cortex. She received the prestigious Siebel Scholars Award for outstanding work in the field of technology and engineering.

Sarah is currently an adjunct assistant professor at the Johns Hopkins University and serves as the Board Chair of Thrive, a for-profit technology company.

Thibault Manekin

From the time he was little growing in Baltimore City, Thibault wrestled to understand why we as human beings seemed so divided. He continued to ask himself what truly causes those divides that separate races, cultures and communities, and can anything be done to bridge them?

Armed with that burning question, in 2002, Thibault traveled to South Africa, where he combined his passion for bringing people together with a love of sports to help create Peace Players, a nonprofit with the mission of bringing together children from war-torn countries around the world through basketball and dialogue. PeacePlayers has since worked with over 75,000 youth from over 20 countries around the world and has trained over 2,000 coaches/changes agents. The program has won numerous global awards, including the 2007 ESPYs Arthur Ashe Courage Award.

Bothered by how real estate and the control of land seemed to have done more to divide us as people then actually bring us together, in 2006, Thibault moved back to Baltimore where he helped start Seawall, an impact driven company made up of passionate social entrepreneurs who believe in re-imagining the real estate industry as we know it.  Seawall believes that all facets of the built environment should be used to empower communities, unite our cities, and help launch powerful ideas that create important movements. Since its inception, the company has focused its energy and resources on providing discounted apartments for teachers, collaborative office space for non-profit organizations, workforce housing, community-driven retail, public markets, launchpads for chefs, and creative space for charter schools. In 2011, Thibault was honored by President Obama’s White House as a Champion for Change and Seawall’s projects have received numerous local and national awards.

In 2020, fascinated by the lessons he learned over the years, Thibault launched the Larger Than Yourself podcast, a collaborative space for brave people to share how they are helping small ideas become powerful movements. The mission is to amplify the impact of their stories and inspire the courage in others to reimagine industries, lead with purpose, and challenge the status quo.

In November of 2021, Thibault’s released his first book, Larger Than Yourself.

Most importantly, Thibault is the proud husband of Lola Manekin and the father of Durban and Finley Manekin.

Dr. Brian Granek

Born and raised in Baltimore, Dr. Brian Granek is a father of three and Optometrist and owner of Visionary Eye Care in Owings Mills. In 2015, while on vacation in Costa Rica to celebrate his wife’s 40th birthday, she suffered a severe traumatic brain injury.

After having their lives turned upside down, Brian has chosen to lead by example for his children, his friends and his patients. He is humbled to speak about what has helped him find the courage to live life every day to the fullest.

Timoth David Copney

Timoth David Copney has decades of experience in theatre. A classically trained dancer, he is a veteran of several Equity tours, a Canadian television series, and has worked on more than 50 productions in the Baltimore area as a dancer, director, choreographer, singer, and actor. He is the former theatre columnist for Baltimore Gay Life Magazine, and is currently a writer for both the MD Theatre Guide and BroadwayWorld.com. Additionally, he is the former Vice President of the Baltimore Theatre Alliance, was the Artistic Director of Liberty Showcase Theatre, and has been a member of several local theatre boards. He currently is the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Baltimore Playwrights Festival, in addition to serving as a Panelist for Grant Reviews for the Maryland State Arts Council.

Outside of his theatrical career, Timoth is retired as the Office Administrator and Senior Executive Assistant to the President and CEO of TEDCO, the quasi State agency for Technology Transfer and Entrepreneurial Development, where he had served 18 years, practically from its inception. Previous positions included Division Administrator at Space Telescope, and Senior Executive Administrative positions at T. Rowe Price, Wells Fargo, and Bank of America. He and his husband of more than 23 years make their home in Original Northwood, a suburb of Baltimore City.

Cassie Motz

Cassie was born and raised in Baltimore City and is a current City resident. She joined the CollegeBound Foundation as Executive Director in January 2014.  Prior to joining CollegeBound, Cassie served as Deputy Chief of Staff to Governor Martin O’Malley. She had also served as Deputy Legal Counsel to Governor O’Malley and as the Interim Director of the Governor’s Office for Children.

Cassie graduated from Dartmouth College and Yale Law School. Between college and law school, Cassie taught at a public middle school in the South Bronx, New York through Teach for America. After graduating from law school Cassie served as a law clerk for Judge James Robertson on the U.S. District Court in Washington, DC.  She then practiced law for several years in Washington — prosecuting homicide and domestic violence cases as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, and serving as a Deputy Attorney General for the District of Columbia government, representing the city’s child welfare and mental health agencies.

Cassie serves on the boards of the University of Maryland Medical System and Catholic Charities of Baltimore.  She has also served on the boards of the University System of Maryland Board of Regents, the KIPP Baltimore public charter school, and Baltimore Outreach Services, a shelter and job training program for women and their children in South Baltimore.

Alicia Wilson

Alicia Wilson is Vice President of Economic Development for Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins Health System in Baltimore, Maryland. She leads a core team focused on developing and implementing Hopkins’ institution-wide strategies and initiatives as an anchor institution in and around Baltimore, and the elevation and expansion of Hopkins signature
commitment to the city through investments in economic and neighborhood development, healthcare, and education.
Prior to joining Hopkins, Alicia served as Senior Vice President of Impact Investments and Senior Legal Counsel to the Port Covington Development Team and as a partner at the downtown Baltimore law firm of Gordon Feinblatt.
Alicia actively serves on the boards of the University of Maryland School of Law’s Board of Visitors, the Center for Urban Families, the Walters Art Museum and the National Diverse Attorney Pipeline Program. Notably, Alicia was recently elected as Chair of the CollegeBound Foundation and as such is the first CollegeBound Foundation alum, first woman, first African-American and youngest Board Chair in the thirty history of the organization.
Alicia is a graduate of the University of Maryland Baltimore County and the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. For her accomplishments and public service, Alicia has received numerous awards and honors, including the National Bar Association’s 40 Under 40 List of the Nation’s Top Advocates 2019 Whitney M. Young Award from the Greater Baltimore Urban League and the 2019 Distinguished Women from the Girl Scouts of Central Maryland. In 2020, Alicia was named to
the Maryland Daily Record’s 2020 VIP List by the Daily Record for her professional accomplishments, community service, and commitment to inspiring change.
In 2019, Alicia was profiled in Forbes magazine as the “The Black Millennial Lawyer Making Michelle Obama More Accessible to Baltimore’s Youth” and by Savoy Magazine as one of the Most Influential Women in Corporate America. In late 2018, the National Business Journal featured Alicia as one of the nation’s Top 50 Influencers under 40 and Black Enterprise
produced a feature on Alicia for her work in securing the $660 million tax increment financing for the Port Covington Project.

Marc B. Terrill

Marc Terrill is the President of The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore. He has served in this capacity since 2003. In his professional leadership role, Marc directs the day-to-day management and operations as well as the long-range planning for the organization, with primary emphasis on the development and deployment of human and financial resources for the organization’s network of agencies. He is a graduate of the University of Florida and obtained his Masters in Social Work with a concentration in community organization from Yeshiva University.

Marc holds continuing education certificates in management and leadership from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania as well as Harvard University. In addition, Marc received an Honorary Doctorate from Baltimore Hebrew University in 2009. He is a graduate of the inaugural class of the Jewish Federations of North America’s Mandel Executive Development Program in 1997, a program designed to prepare those who were identified as the ‘next generation’ of Jewish non-profit executive leaders.

Marc proudly has served as the Chair of JPRO Network of North America (Professional Development Association for Jewish Communal Personnel) from 2012-2014. He currently serves on the Boards LifeBridge Health Systems, the Baltimore Community Foundation, JPRO Network and Sinai and Northwest Hospitals. He is married to Diana, a clinical psychologist, and they have three children – Maddie, and twins Eli and Samantha.

Beth Blauer

Beth Blauer is the Associate Vice Provost for Public Sector Innovation at Johns Hopkins University. She is the former the Executive Director and co-founder of the Centers for Civic Impact at Johns Hopkins University (Civic Impact). As a dedicated public servant and international expert on government performance programs for more than fifteen years, Beth Blauer spent her career working to improve people’s lives by bringing data into governments’ decision-making processes. Prior to leading the Centers for Civic Impact, Blauer designed and launched Socrata’s GovStat platform for federal, state, and local governments.

Dr. Terris A. King

Terris King is a visionary leader committed to transforming healthcare by creating scalable innovative models that seek to lower cost and improve the health of vulnerable American populations. As the current Chair of Baltimore’s local management board, Family League he funds $20M annually to over 90 community‐based organizations resourced to improve health and education.

Most recently, Terris launched the King Enterprise Group; an entity that concentrates on consulting with companies focused on the intersection of HIT, population health, capacity building and infrastructure support. Terris established a successful Baltimore City Interfaith Immunization process during the COVID pandemic. He partnered with Johns Hopkins International Vaccine Center and the cities health department to increase the influenza vaccine rate by 13% and solved the access and equity COVID vaccine challenges by organizing religious leaders to provide vaccine centers, congregational and community education. Terris is the Senior Pastor of the Liberty Grace Church of God.

As the Director and Client Executive, of AT&T. He was the lead executive for all AT&T services within the Department of Health and Human Services. These services exceeded $50 million.

He previously served the federal government in progressively expanding roles including the Deputy Chief Information Officer and Deputy Director of IT at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). He also established the Office of Minority Health and served as its first Director.

Terris served as Deputy Director of the Office of Clinical Standards and Quality (OCSQ).   In his role, he was the CMS executive lead for value-based purchasing and for reducing health disparities throughout the country among underserved populations. He designed an initiative called Everyone with Diabetic Counts, which remains the nations largest health disparities reduction program. Terris completed both his Scientific Doctorate in Occupational Science and his undergraduate degree in Communications from Towson University.  He also completed his master’s in behavioral science from Johns Hopkins University is a Harvard University Executive Fellow.

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!

Dr. Zackary Sholem Berger

Zackary Berger leads a double literary life. As a primary care physician, clinical epidemiologist, and bioethicist, he publishes frequently in the peer-reviewed literature and is the author or editor of three books, as well as many shorter pieces, for the lay public on our healthcare system and how to improve it. He has been in the Johns Hopkins Division of General Internal Medicine for more than a decade and is also the staff physician at the Esperanza Center Health Clinic, which serves undocumented Spanish-speaking immigrants in Baltimore. In parallel, he is also a poet and translator (mostly in English and Yiddish, but sometimes in Spanish and Hebrew as well). Fitting the two halves together is an ongoing struggle, preoccupation, and vital failure.

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 of Maryland Robert H. Smith School of Business.

Rae is in high demand as an innovator in the areas of coaching, 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 starting The Ringel Group, Rae was the Director of Professional and Volunteer Development at United Jewish 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.

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”.

Lee M. Hendler

For the past few decades, Lee has enjoyed leadership roles in a number of Jewish and communal organizations and been involved with her family’s charitable foundations. She is co-founder and president of the Jewish Grandparents Network, a national organization that engages, educates, and celebrates grandparents as an invaluable resource for Jewish life. She is also the founder and project director of Freedom’s Feast, a civics initiative that helps to raise the next generation of citizens through the celebration of our national holidays. A past president of her congregation, Chizuk Amuno and author of The Year Mom Got Religion: One Woman’s Mid-life Journey into Judaism, Lee is grateful to be “Gromzy” to six wonderful grandchildren. She loves the company of her adult children, their partners, and a very big, red dog named “Clifford.”

Ellen B. Kagen Waghelstein

Ellen is an Assistant Professor at Georgetown University and Director of the Georgetown Leadership Academy, a national learning and consultation effort on effective leadership and change management for professionals and civic activists. She has over 30 years of experience training, coaching and facilitating at the national, state and local levels and regularly works with such entities as the World Bank, Council of Chief State School Officers, National Council on Mental Wellbeing, The Harvard Berkman/Klein Center, US State Department, Michigan Office of Children, Youth and Families, Missouri Department of Mental Health, New York State Office of People with Developmental Disabilities and Maryland Child Welfare Academy. She currently directs the Kagen Fellows Program in Washington State and Georgia and created Coach Approach Partners to teach coaching and communication skills to leaders across the county. She is on the founding faculty of Preside, a national program that links Leadership and Governance through a Jewish Lens.

In addition to her professional experience, Ellen has a wide range of lay leadership involvement at the local, national and international levels. She is a graduate of the Wexner Heritage Program and is a past chair of the National Young Leadership Cabinet of Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) and PANIM: The Institute for Jewish Leadership and Values. She currently serves on the boards of the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and is a trustee of their Jewish Community Foundation. She is the 2019 recipient of the Kipnis-Wilson/Friedland award and was recently selected to join the Shalom Hartman Muslim Leadership Institute. She also served on the founding Board of BBYO and two innovative start-ups, Judaism Alive and JChoice. Ellen was the founding president of the Partnership for Jewish Life and Learning, the collaborative education and identity building agency in Greater Washington, DC where she successfully integrated three separate organizations into one new entity. She also co-led the efforts to create a nationally recognized, community-wide, teen identity agency called JET, Jewish Experiences for Teens.

Ellen and her husband David established the Waghelstein Family Hopes and Dreams Endowment Fund to further advance leadership opportunities for emerging activists. Ellen is delighted to continue her service to the Baltimore Jewish Community through her work with ACHARAI and Na’aleh.