Donna Maher, JWI's L.A. Network coordinator, is a digital brand strategist who specializes in helping startups and international brands grow. In her free time, she sits on the board of directors of 30 Years After, a non-profit organization that promotes the participation and leadership of Iranian-American Jews in American political, civic and Jewish life. She holds a B.A. in economics with a specialization in international studies from University of California, Irvine and earned an MBA from Tel Aviv University. Donna is passionate about empowering women and teenage girls and is excited to be a part of launching the JWI L.A. network!
More Los Angeles BOARD MEMBERS to be announced!
Alexandra Altschuler is veteran television producer who recently transitioned into the exciting world of tech startups. After producing shows for entertainment giants like NBC, ABC and E! in New York and Los Angeles, Alexandra is excited to be facing a new challenge at the L.A.-based digital agency Operam. Leaning on her unique blend of project management and people skills learned in the producing field, Alexandra spends her days ensuring Operam's corporate culture thrives as the successful startup rapidly expands. Alex is a San Diego, Calif. native, holds a communications degree from the University of Southern California (Fight On!), and absolutely can't wait to work (and brunch) with all of the amazing women on the L.A. board!
Talia is the development associate for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) in Los Angeles. She was born and raised in Los Angeles, but went up north for a few years to attend the University of Washington in Seattle, where she graduated with a degree in political science and a minor in Jewish studies. Talia currently serves on the Donor Strategies Committee at the Jewish Federation and is excited to grow the JWI Young Leadership Network in Los Angeles!
Ariela (Ari) Cohen is a finance professional with a focus in impact investing. She currently works with TriLinc Global, a private investment company that invests capital in small and mid-sized businesses in developing economies globally through a series of impact-focused investment funds. Prior to this role, she was based in New York with experiences at The Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN) and J.P. Morgan. Ari graduated summa cum laude with a BA in Philosophy, Politics, Economics (PPE) from the University of Pennsylvania.
Ari grew up in Los Angeles as the daughter of Argentinean-Israelis and the youngest of four. Her favorite activities outside of work include exploring the outdoors, singing, biking at the beach, and spending quality time with friends and family. She is excited to help build the JWI community in L.A.!
Adi Hepner is a passionate nonprofit professional committed to growing nonprofit organizations. Currently she is the director of development for Friends of Sheba Medical Center, using strategic fundraising strategy to aid the organization in saving countless lives in Israel and abroad.
Adi also runs a full-service fundraising and nonprofit management consulting initiative, offering counsel on a wide range of fundraising services including capital campaigns, direct mail, major gifts, fundraising events, strategic planning, board development and more.
Previously, Adi was the development executive at American Friends of Magen David Adom. She received her MSW with a focus in non-profit management from the University of Michigan, School of Social and her bachelor's degree from UC San Diego. She sits on the board of the Jewish Venture Philanthropy Fund and was the 2015 Honored Hero for the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America.
Debra Singer is thrilled to be part of the team building the Jewish Women's Leadership Network in Los Angeles. A native of Philadelphia, she currently serves as the associate area director for AIPAC in L.A. Debra is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, where she studied political science and communications.
Apply here to join the L.A. Network board!
- Each board member will serve from April to May of the following year (a full year with one month for transitions) and then has 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.
- We will have a board meeting once every other 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.
- Each board member must be a member of JWI's YWLN and in good standing for the entirety of her term.