Meet JPRO’s Executive Director
November 4, 2016
JPRO NETWORK NAMES ILANA AISEN AS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
After an extensive search process, JPRO Network announced today that it has named Ilana Aisen as its new Executive Director. Ilana served most recently as Director of Experiential Education at UJA Federation of Greater Toronto. She was also part of the founding staff team at Repair the World and concluded her tenure there as Executive Vice President. She succeeds Brenda Gevertz, who stepped down as JPRO executive after nearly 14 years of distinguished service. JPRO Network (formerly the Jewish Communal Service Association) connects, educates, inspires and empowers professionals working in the Jewish communal sector.
Jacob Solomon, President of the Board of JPRO Network and President and CEO of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation said, “This is a time of dramatically increased attention being placed on the importance of professional talent in the Jewish communal sphere, and JPRO is thrilled to be welcoming Ilana as our new Executive Director at this exciting moment in time. She has the experience, the personality, the vision, and the determination to lead the organization to new levels of scale and impact. Her leadership will be felt by professionals of every level in years to come.”
Larry Moses, Senior Philanthropic Advisor and President Emeritus of the Wexner Foundation, Chaired a diverse and impressive search committee. He said, “Ilana’s abundant skills and deep commitment to the Jewish professional field position her well to lead change in a venerated organization now ready to embrace a new generation of leaders. She is a pro’s pro, and all of us on the search committee welcome her with open arms.” Along with Larry Moses and Jacob Solomon, the Search Committee included Audra Berg, David Cygielman, Marci Eisen, Jeff Finkelstein, Lyn Light Geller, Alisha Goodman, June Gutterman, Rachel Monroe, Jerry Silverman, Jeff Solomon, Jay Spector and Mark Young. The search process benefitted from the professional services of DRG Executive Search Consultants.
One of the other organizations that focuses on the role of talent in the North American Jewish community is Leading Edge, a newly created consortium of private Jewish foundations and Jewish federations. Gali Cooks, the Executive Director, shared, “I am thrilled to be working with Ilana as partners in support of the Jewish community’s most valuable asset: its professionals. I envision a very close and collaborative relationship, and I know that JPRO and the entire field will benefit from her leadership.”
Prior to her roles at UJA Federation of Greater Toronto and Repair the World, Ilana started her career at American Jewish World Service, where she worked in a variety of program roles during seven years of rapid organizational growth and change. Ilana holds Masters degrees in nonprofit management and Judaic studies from New York University. Through UJA Federation of New York’s Muehlstein Institute for Jewish Professional Leadership (a predecessor to the Ruskay Institute), the Wexner Foundation, Advancing Women Professionals and the Jewish Community, and the Schusterman Foundation, Ilana has been the beneficiary of professional development opportunities that grew her ability to exercise leadership in the Jewish community and to support others to do the same.
“I am excited and honored to assume this role,” said Aisen, “as JPRO begins its next chapter. We will work to inspire thousands of professionals to join with us to support one another throughout our careers and, in turn, to strengthen our field. There is great potential – and great need – in our sector to do more to support the career trajectories of Jewish community professionals and to highlight and build on the work of individuals and organizations that are leading by example.”
Ilana will begin her tenure at the JPRO Network on November 28, 2016. She will remain based in Toronto while working often from JPRO’s New York office and traveling widely to connect with Jewish professionals throughout North America.