JWI Executive Staff
Loribeth Weinstein is the CEO of JWI. Under her leadership of more than 15 years, JWI has created dozens of innovative programs and philanthropic initiatives to end violence, ensure economic security and spotlight leadership and mentoring.
Lori has dedicated her professional life to empowering women and families through her non-profit leadership, strategic consulting and political advocacy. She began her career at The Association of American Colleges’ Project on the Status and Education of Women where she conducted research and authored papers on women’s re-entry into the workforce. She served as the coordinator of training, volunteers and direct services at My Sister’s Place, a domestic violence shelter in Washington D.C. As the director of The National Child Care Advocacy Project at the Children’s Foundation, Lori coordinated a 50-state network of home day-care providers, helping to lift an underground economy to access federal training, education and feeding programs for tens of thousands of low-income children.
Taking her commitment to women and families into the political arena, she became a vice president of Caddell Associates, a political consulting firm that worked with Congressional and Presidential candidates as well as numerous corporate clients. Her portfolio included adding a gender lens to the firm’s media and strategic consulting work. After six years she started her own consulting firm to provide strategic planning and guidance to non-profits and family philanthropies. Her projects included work for The National Women’s History Museum in Seneca Falls NY, Americorp, as well as a number of family foundations. Lori joined JWI in 2000 as the deputy director and became the executive director in 2002.
Lori is a founder of the Washington Area Women’s Foundation (WAWF), which provides more than a million dollars of philanthropic investment to women and girls’ organizations within the D.C. Metropolitan Area each year. She has served on the board of directors of American Jewish World Service and Regional Council of the New Israel Fund and currently serves on the board of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice as well as serving as a trustee of the Emanuel and Anna Weinstein Foundation.
A graduate of Tufts University, Lori has a master's degree in Women's Studies and Feminist Therapy from Goddard College. She has written extensively on the empowerment of women and girls at the significant generational junctures of life.
Lori has three children and she and her husband live in Washington, D.C. and on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.
Meredith Jacobs, JWI's chief operating officer, is an award-winning journalist and former editor-in-chief of Washington Jewish Week. She is the author of The Modern Jewish Mom’s Guide to Shabbat: Connect and Celebrate—Bring Your Family Together with the Friday Night Meal (HarperCollins) and co-author, with her daughter Sofie, of the bestselling series of interactive journals, Just Between Us (Chronicle Books).
At JWI, Jacobs manages communications, branding, messaging, and development and oversees the Young Women’s Leadership Networks. Under her leadership, the Network initiated the 1 on 1 Mentoring program, creating unique opportunities for women in their 20s to receive guidance from accomplished Jewish women in their chosen careers. Jacobs also works closely with JWI’s philanthropic partners, Sigma Delta Tau national sorority and Zeta Beta Tau national fraternity developing initiatives like the award-winning Green Light, Go! and Girls Achieve Greatness. She has served as a faculty member for the past five ZBT Leadership Conferences.
Before joining JWI, Jacobs was the founder of ModernJewishMom.com (now part of Kveller.com), and host of the radio shows "Connecting Family" on Baltimore's NPR affiliate WYPR and “Modern Jewish Mom” for XM’s Radio Hanukkah. She continues to co-host DC 101’s annual “Jew Rock Marathon.”
Jacobs previously served as the director of family programming for Sixth & I Historic Synagogue and facilitator for the Washington, D.C. Mother’s Circle (for non-Jewish women raising Jewish children).
Most significantly, Jacobs is wife to Jonathan and mother to Sofie and Jules.
Deborah Rosenbloom, JD/MPA, is JWI's vice president of programs and new initiatives. As such, she is responsible for directing and implementing JWI’s programmatic work to end and prevent violence against women and girls.
For over a decade, Rosenbloom has led JWI’s innovative efforts, which include engaging the Jewish and interfaith communities in advocacy and resource development, providing training to the domestic community, empowering men and boys to be allies, advocating for anti-violence legislation, empowering young women with skills to boost their economic security, and collaborating with diverse organizations. She leads several faith-based initiatives, including a Clergy Task Force that empowers spiritual leaders to address abuse in their congregations, a federal grant to engage men and boys in violence prevention and healthy masculinity in the Orthodox Jewish community in Baltimore, and the Interfaith Coalition that advocates for legislation to protect women and girls.
Rosenbloom is an experienced trainer who presents regularly at conferences and on college campuses. She attended The Hebrew University in Jerusalem, Israel, holds a B.A., cum laude in history from Cornell University, and a J.D./M.P.A. from Syracuse University College of Law and the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.