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Janel Abrahami is a learning & development program manager at Stitch Fix, responsible for the training and education of all Stitch Fix HQ employees. Previously, she supported NBCUniversal’s Talent Lab and internship programs, and coached hundreds of young professionals through live and virtual workshops with FindSpark, InternQueen, Levo, and NYU. She holds a B.S. from NYU and an M.S. from the London School of Economics' School of Management, where she specialized in organizational behavior and innovation. A proud east-coast transplant, Janel moved to the Bay Area for the incredible weather (kidding). She really loves hosting shabbat dinners, reading and writing, and getting outside.
Rachel Barton is a San Diego native who's been living in the Bay Area since 2016. Rachel's Jewish upbringing inspired her to pursue a career as a Jewish professional, and she has worked at Jewish Federations in Los Angeles, Washington, DC, and now San Francisco. Her current role as senior engagement officer of Israel & Global involves shaping strategy for Federation's investments in pursuing a just, democratic, and shared society in Israel. Rachel holds master’s degrees in social work and Jewish nonprofit management from USC and Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. She studied anthropology as an undergrad at UCLA and loves exploring where people, culture, and traditions intersect in a globalized world. Rachel fulfills her passion for travel as both work and play. She is excited for the opportunity to help build a supportive network of ambitious, passionate Bay Area Jewish women who will learn and grow together!
Natasha Bazely is a marketing manager at Genentech, overseeing the franchise strategy for Hematology. Prior to joining Genentech, Natasha completed her master’s degree at Cornell University with a focus on healthcare marketing. She completed a dual bachelor’s degree in managerial economics and communications at University of California, Davis, and went on to work in the high-tech sector at Adobe, Inc. Throughout her professional and academic career, Natasha has always been involved as a leader and a member of various Jewish organizations, including the Jewish Business Association at Cornell. Judaism has always been a strong and important part of Natasha's life and she looks forward to continuing that with JWI while supporting other Jewish women. In Natasha's spare time you can find her salsa dancing, reading, staying active and working out, or playing her guitar!
Ely Benhamo is the East Bay and Sacramento associate director for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). She joined the Pacific Northwest team in San Francisco after working for two years on growing the pro-Israel community throughout AIPAC’s Florida region. Since living in San Francisco, Ely launched the Nob Hill Moishe House, where she lives and plans programs for young Jewish professionals in the community. Originally from Miami, Ely is a first-generation graduate. She graduated cum laude from the University of Florida where she received her B.S. in public relations and minored in Jewish Studies. Go Gators!
Leah Chakoff is originally from Miami, Florida. She joined SF Hillel's growing team in May 2017 to run development and business operations. Prior to coming west, she worked at Penn State Hillel for three years as the director of leadership initiatives. In her free time, you'll find Leah exploring San Francisco's urban hiking, traveling to new places, playing guitar, or exploring new restaurants. Leah is so excited to be on JWI's San Francisco board and can't wait to meet amazing, talented Jewish women across the city!
Aya Kantorovich is an associate at Pantera Capital Management. She focuses on capital formation, partnerships, and content in addition to supporting the firm's CEO and president. Since joining, Aya has helped raise over $25M in addition to managing operations for the team.
Prior to joining Pantera, Aya was the first hire of Tegus, a buy side investor research platform that grew to 15 people with offices in San Francisco and Chicago. While at Tegus, Aya focused on TMT investments, managing client accounts in addition to a team of analysts and streamlining project workflows. Previously, Aya was at Navigant Consulting working on bankruptcy and remediation as well as operational risk assurance. Aya graduated from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. with a B.A. in International Affairs and a B.S. in Finance.
Miranda Katz grew up in the South Bay and then moved to Arizona to pursue a bachelor of science degree at the University of Arizona. Upon graduation, Miranda moved back to back to the Bay Area San Francisco to work as a sales recruiter for an AdTech company. In her spare time you can find Miranda practicing yoga, traveling, or staying in with her girlfriends watching The Bachelorette. She is passionate about her Jewish values and is so excited to a part of the SF Leadership team.
Jenna Kress was born and raised in the Washington, D.C. area, and is now living in Oakland, California. She received her bachelor's in social work from the University of Georgia (go dawgs!) and went on to earn her master's of social work from the University of Washington in Seattle. As a part of those programs, Jenna was able to support individuals and families impacted by domestic violence and mass incarceration. Throughout her education, Jenna held multiple leadership roles in Jewish organizations, including president of UGA Chabad and SDT. Since moving to the Bay Area, she has been working at Community Works West as a senior coordinator for a restorative justice program that diverts youth out of the traditional juvenile justice system. Jenna is committed to fostering meaningful experiences and dialogue to promote community building. Outside of her passion for social justice and equity, you can find Jenna exploring the great outdoors, eating lots of ice cream, or watching embarrassing TV shows that she considers self care.
Liz Liebman is a legal secretary at Adler & Colvin, and was previously at Kirkland & Ellis LLP in San Francisco. Liz was raised in Berkeley and is proud to call the Bay Area home. She is passionate about gender inclusivity, racial justice, disability advocacy, and exploring her Jewish identity. Liz is a Berkeley Student Cooperative alum and has her B.A. in women, gender, and sexuality studies from Mills College in Oakland, California. Liz feels honored by the opportunity to support the Young Women's Leadership Network and to build a fabulous community in the Bay Area!
Sofia is an associate in the mergers and acquisitions tax specialty group at Pricewaterhouse Coopers. Originally from Tampa, Florida, Sofia recently moved to the Bay Area in the fall of 2018. Prior to moving out West, she graduated from law school at the University of Florida, where she specialized in tax law. While in law school, she interned with a federal judge and served as a teacher's assistant for legal writing as well as the senior managing notes editor for UF Law's Journal of Technology Law and Policy. She also holds an M.S. in management and B.S. in public relations from UF (Go Gators!). In her free time, you can find her at the volunteer income tax assistance program, a local workout class, hiking, or testing out new, healthy recipes at home. She is very excited to be part of such an inspiring organization and looks forward to building a strong professional Jewish women's network in San Francisco!
Apply here to join the San Francisco Network board!
Each board member will serve a full year plus one month for transitions, and then have the option to reapply. Board members will be selected by JWI staff.
Each board member will be responsible for chairing at least two events per year.
Each board member will be responsible for outreach and should bring at least two people to each event.
We frequently email to brainstorm, discuss events, organize, and discuss outreach, etc. Each board member must be comfortable with maintaining input on these chains as they are the main form of communication.
Board members are to attend at least 75% of all board events throughout the year.
The board will meet once a month - each board member is expected to attend unless there is an extenuating circumstance.
Each board member will pay a $180 fee in order to be on the YWLN board (Sustainer membership).
Each board member must be a member of JWI's YWLN and in good standing for the entirety of her term.