Jewish Women’s Foundation of New York Announces New Executive Director

Monday, May 9, 2016

Jewish Women’s Foundation of New York Announces New Executive Director

The Jewish Women’s Foundation of New York (JWFNY) is proud to announce the selection of Jamie Allen Black as its new Executive Director. Jamie will be responsible for the Foundation’s overall management and operations and for the development and implementation of fundraising, advocacy, and grantmaking strategies. She will begin her new position on May 31, 2016. 

“On behalf of the Board of Directors and professional staff of JWFNY, I am delighted to welcome Jamie Allen Black as the new Executive Director,” said JWFNY President Miriam Caslow. “Jamie has served organizations in program, fundraising, executive, and leadership levels, and she brings with her great passion and creativity. Her diverse experience and expertise make her a remarkable leader to guide us through our next chapter of growth.”

Jamie brings more than 25 years of nonprofit leadership experience to the Foundation, most recently as the Director of Strategic Initiatives at Big Tent Judaism. There, she worked with the staff and Board to create inclusive and diverse Jewish communities throughout North America; she was vital in guiding the organization through an era of significant expansion. Jamie also served as the Director of Strategic Planning, Communications and Training at Hadassah, where she mentored and trained professionals and Board members with development portfolios and created and implemented a multi-year strategic fundraising plan with innovative strategies for increasing donor participation.

“I welcome my new role at the Jewish Women’s Foundation of New York as an opportunity to direct my energy and experience toward social change through both a Jewish and gender lens,” said Jamie. “I’m looking forward to working with these talented and visionary women to serve women and girls in the New York area, Israel and around the world.”

Before Jamie’s entry into the Jewish communal world, she held a number of positions as a writer, editor, and project coordinator, and she was a founding Board member of A More Perfect Union—an organization serving women-at-risk in facilities in New York City and Westchester. Jamie was awarded the NYU Dean’s Alumni Award for Humanitarianism in 2010 and attended the Hadassah Leadership Academy in 2006. She is a Board Member of the Elizabeth A. MacDonald Foundation and sings in the Community Choir at Central Synagogue. You might also hear Jamie’s voice on a number of documentaries, commercials, and training videos, as she has been a voice actor for 20 years. 


JWFNY works to advance the status and wellbeing of women and girls in the Jewish community in New York, Israel, and around the world. Since its founding in 1995, JWFNY has awarded $4.5 million to 185 projects through innovative, social-change grantmaking. Advocacy and education programming broaden the scope of the Foundation’s work and complements its grantmaking. For more information, please go to

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