InterfaithFamily's Board of Directors
Lynda Schwartz, Board Chair & Treasurer
Lynda Schwartz is a former partner at Ernst & Young now in her own practice as a forensic accountant. She became Chair of IFF’s Board in May 2013 and continues to serve as Treasurer and chair of our Finance Committee on an interim basis. Her board service has included the New England Legal Foundation and the Women’s Bar Foundation.
Jodi Bromberg, CEO
Jodi Bromberg has been the president of InterfaithFamily since October 1, 2013—the day that the Pew Report on Jewish Americans came out. Prior to joining InterfaithFamily, she most recently practiced corporate law, predominantly with non-profit organizations and small businesses.
A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Temple University Beasley School of Law, Jodi is excited to now advocate and work on behalf of interfaith families interested in exploring Jewish life, and in the past year, has written for eJewish Philanthropy, the Jewish Journal, the Philadelphia Jewish Exponent and the Jewish Daily Forward. She has also been speaking and advocating on behalf of the inclusion of interfaith families in Jewish life, most recently at the International Lion of Judah Conference, and serves on the Advisory Boards of Honeymoon Israel and Seder2015. After growing up in northern New Jersey, and living in the Philadelphia area for the past 20 years, Jodi, her spouse and preschooler twin boys now live outside of Boston. (But she remains a diehard New York Yankees fan!)
Michael Cedillos joined the Board in May 2013. She is a member of the Jewish Federations of North America National Young Leadership Cabinet and a current member and past Campaign Co-Chair of the Executive Committee of the Young Lawyers Group of the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago.
Paul Cohen’s non-profit experience includes: President, Congregation Sha’ar Zahav; Treasurer, and VP, San Francisco JCC; Treasurer, and VP, Bureau of Jewish Education; VP, SF Hillel; Board Member, Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco. Through his extensive work within the Reform movement and with Hillel, he is very connected both in the Bay Area and nationally. He played an active role in helping us to secure the IFF/San Francisco project and the funding for it.
Mindy Fortin has been focusing on the issues of Jewish identity, education and engagement for nearly twenty years as a trustee of the Lasko Family Foundation and as a long term board member at Kesher Israel Congregation in West Chester, PA.
She is active in Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia having served on the executive board of the Women of Vision Foundation and co-chaired their grants review committee. Mindy currently sits on the WOV governance and research committees as well as the JGFP policy, strategy and funding committee She is also a Women’s Philanthropy board member. Mindy has been involved with InterfaithFamily as a Philadelphia advisory board member and as a member of the national board.
Mindy and her husband Thaddeus have raised three children in an interfaith marriage and are the co-owners of French Creek Golf Club in Chester County, PA.
Laurie is the president of the Five Together Foundation, which she formed in 2005 along with her four siblings. Five Together focuses on basic humanitarian efforts in the US and worldwide.
Laurie currently serves as Board Chair for the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village in Rwanda, modeled after Yemin Orde in Israel.
Laurie serves on the Board of Directors of Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, where she serves on the Marketing Committee, as well as the Board of Trustees.
Laurie’s greatest accomplishments are her three sons. She and her husband, Jeff, live in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania.
Eileen Frazier has been an integral part of the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington team for almost 20 years, including as Interim CEO. She currently serves as Federation’s Chief Operating Officer.
She was selected as Non-Profit CFO of the Year, Lifetime Achievement Award from Greater Washington Society of CPAs and was a participant in Leadership Montgomery which is a leadership program in Montgomery County, Maryland. She is the President of Mensch Makers Inc. She is also active in our local community through her synagogue. Eileen is a native Washingtonian and graduate of University of Maryland.
Jay Geller joins our national board from Los Angeles, California with his law degree from University of Denver and Masters of Business Administration from Pepperdine University. He is currently in private practice, emphasizing the legal aspects of food, drugs and consumer goods as well as trademark, copyright and unfair competition matters. Jay has served as Associate Chief Counsel for Enforcement of the United States Food and Drug Administration.
Jay is a past president of Santa Monica Synagogue; has participated in World Union for Progressive Judaism conferences in Israel, San Paulo, Buenos Aires, Dresden Germany and London on lay professional relationships and mentorship of students. He is on the Board of Governors of HUC-JIR and chairs the Advisory Council of the Zelikow School of Jewish Nonprofit Management at HUC-JIR and is a current member of the Advisory Council of A Wider Bridge. Jay & his husband established the Geller-Gallagher Leadership Institute in the Zelikow School. He also sponsors HUC students on trips to the West Bank with Encounter during their year in Israel.
Jay is interfaith intermarried and has officiated at an interfaith wedding as a Universal Life Minister.
Dr. Ruth Nemzoff
Dr. Ruth Nemzoff is a resident scholar at The Brandeis University’s Women’s studies Research Center, with expertise on a remarkable range of topics including family dynamics, gender, women in the workplace, communication, mothering, and Jewish education. She both speaks and writes about intergenerational and interfaith relationships on many high profile platforms and is the author of two books: Don’t Bite Your Tongue: How to Foster Rewarding Relationships with Your Adult Children and Don’t Roll Your Eyes: Making In-laws into Family. Ruth also serves as a columnist for The Seesaw, a column about interfaith life in The Jewish Daily Forward. She is also the advice columnist for the Boston Jewish Journal and the Cincinnati Israelite and is a frequent blogger for The Huffington Post. Ruth had an extensive career in New Hampshire politics. Ruth joined the IFF Board in 2014.
Juliana Rodriguez is a graduating high school senior from Colorado Academy in Denver and will attend Harvard College starting in the fall of 2015. She is a past Chair of Rose Youth Foundation, a Jewish teen philanthropy program of Rose Community Foundation. In 2014 she presented an ELI Talk titled “Teens With Vision: Open Tent Jewish Philanthropy” on the value of innovative Jewish programming that connects Jewish youth of diverse backgrounds, including children of interfaith families, to social justice work. She has served as a member of the Colorado Youth Advisory Council, as Lieutenant Governor of Key Club International, is an active member of Building Bridges for Peace, and is involved in work facilitating deep dialogue around issues of diversity in her school and community.
Karen Osterheld is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Accountancy at Bentley University. Karen has been a full-time member of the Bentley faculty since 1990; among other things, she is responsible for the academic internship program for undergraduate and graduate students in the department. Karen has eleven years of business experience, primarily as a manager in the financial services industry. She has a strong background in the areas of internal controls analysis and accounting research and policy formulation. She earned her B.S. Degree in Mathematics from the State University of New York at Albany, and her M.B.A. Degree from the University of Wisconsin. She is a Certified Public Accountant in the state of Massachusetts. Karen joined the IFF Board in 2016 and is a member of the Finance Committee.
David Rokoff is a retired business attorney who now assists various non-profits and start-up businesses with organizational and strategic planning issues. He is a past President of Temple Beth Elohim, Wellesley, Massachusetts. He also serves on the Board of Neurofibromatosis Northeast and is a past Board member and regional officer of the URJ.
Bill Schwartz is a retired businessman who is a lifetime member of the Board of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia and a longtime member and leader at his Conservative synagogue. He was the vice chair of the Board of InterFaithways, which merged with IFF in 2012. He was also the President of the Philadelphia Geriatric Center, President of the Federation Thrift Shop (the largest single store Federation Thrift Shop in the country), and President of his own company, The American Pants Company. In addition, Mr. Schwartz was Chairman of FAJA’s Combined Apparel Industries division, and has served on the boards of the Epilepsy Foundation of Philadelphia, and Israel Bonds.
Rebecca Hoelting Short, Clerk
Rebecca Hoelting Short is a domestic relations attorney and partner at McCurdy & Candler, L.L.C. She is the Chair of IFF’s Development Committee and has served on the Board of the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta. Rebecca currently serves on the board of Jewish Family and Career Services and the Southeastern Regional Board of the Anti-Defamation League.
Jessica Smith is a Managing Director at Burson-Marsteller, a leading global public relations and communications firm. She previously served as the Director of External Affairs for FEMA, as a senior spokesperson and advisor at the U.S. Department of Justice, and as Communications Director for Senator Jim Webb. She has developed, managed and worked on a variety of communications efforts and congressional and presidential campaigns. Smith is a graduate of Cornell University, and sits on the President’s Council of Cornell Women. She lives in Washington, DC with her husband, Erik, and their son, Jack. In 2014, she was named to PRWeek’s “40 Under 40” list of Public Relations professionals to watch.
Mamie Kanfer Stewart
Mamie Kanfer Stewart is the Founder & CEO of Starling, a start-up on a mission to help you run effective meetings. Mamie is immediate Past Chair of the IFF Board, a Board member of Luria Academy and Bend the Arc, and past Board member of Moishe House and Funding Partner of Slingshot. Mamie earned an MBA from Stern Graduate School of Business at New York University. She received a BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute. She joined the IFF Board in 2006 and serves on the Executive Committee.
Ginny Wise currently serves as Tulane University’s Vice President of Development for Leadership Giving. She spent 18 years at Harvard University in various development positions, culminating in her role as Associate Dean of Development at Harvard Divinity School. Ginny also served previously as Vice President of Development at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston. Ginny received her undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and a Masters of Education from Harvard University.
Ginny has served on the boards of numerous Jewish communal organizations in Boston and New Orleans. She has also been an active volunteer at Dartmouth College having served as Club President, Class President, Alumni Councilor and currently as a member of the Dartmouth College Fund Executive Committee.