Our team of professionals and volunteers meets the needs of our community by working together to provide resources and raise support.

Our Executive Staff

Jay Sanderson
President & CEO

Andrew Cushnir
Executive Vice President, Donor Relations

Becky Sobelman-Stern
Executive Vice President, Chief Program Officer

Carol Koransky
Executive Vice President, Special Counsel

Ivan Wolkind
Chief Operating and Financial Officer

Lori Tessel
Executive Vice President
Donor Experience

Rob Goldenberg
Chief Creative Officer

Lauren Abrahams
Chief Information Officer

Jay Sanderson

President & CEO

Over the past several years, President & CEO Jay Sanderson has transformed The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles into one of the leading Jewish organizations and Federations in the country. Under Jay’s guidance, the Federation is more forward thinking, mission driven, and impactful than ever before in identifying and addressing our community’s greatest challenges and opportunities and ensuring our Jewish future.

Jay has been professionally active in the Jewish community for over 30 years and has been recognized on the Forward 50 list as one of America’s leading entrepreneurs. Formerly, he was the CEO and Executive Producer of JTN Productions, where he created, produced, wrote over 700 hours of award-winning television programming broadcast worldwide, and led its broadband initiative JewishTVNetwork.com. His producing credits include the landmark PBS series “The Jewish Americans,” “Worse Than War,” and the James Beard Award-nominated “New Jewish Cuisine.”

Jay received his BA in Film from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.

Andrew Cushnir

Executive Vice President, Donor Relations

As Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer, Andrew has been a professional leader in our Federation’s efforts to raise funds through our Annual Campaign, strategic philanthropy priority projects, and planned giving.

He previously served as the Federation’s Chief Program Officer, overseeing all programmatic and partnership activities in L.A., Israel, and internationally. He was also the Federation’s Director of Business Divisions and New Business Initiatives, and led the community relations and social services teams and the Planning & Allocations Department.

Before becoming a Jewish community professional, Andrew practiced law at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP and SunAmerica, Inc.

Andrew graduated from UCLA and received his law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.

Becky Sobelman-Stern

Executive Vice President, Chief Program Officer

As Executive Vice President and Chief Program Officer, Becky oversees our Federation’s programmatic activities in L.A., Israel, and internationally. Becky’s leadership has continued to propel the Federation’s active engagement with the community through program offerings, strategic partnerships, and relationships.

Most recently, Becky served as Vice President of Consulting & Community Development at the Jewish Federations of North America, where her leadership energized over 150 Jewish Federations to enhance community impact and Jewish identity programs, foster dynamic connections with Israel, and care for Jews in need.

Becky received her BS in Business Education from New York University and her Masters of Social Work in Community Organization from Hunter College.

Carol Koransky

Executive Vice President, Special Counsel

In her role as Executive Vice President, Carol is responsible for oversight of campaign, planning, and community outreach for a large geographic portion of The Jewish Federation. Among her responsibilities has been the task to create The Jewish Future Survey, which gives insight into our community’s priorities and will continue to guide future initiatives.

Carol previously served as Federation’s Senior Vice President for Policy, Planning, and Community Development and Planning & Allocations Director. She was also Chair of the Jewish Federations of North America’s National Planners’ Group and served on JFNA’s Emergency Committee following Hurricane Katrina.

Carol has an MA in Business Administration from American Jewish University, and completed her BA at California State University, Northridge. Carol has been an adjunct professor at AJU’s Ziegler School for Rabbinic Studies.

Ivan Wolkind

Chief Operating and Financial Officer

As Chief Operating & Financial Officer, Ivan’s goal is to steer the Federation toward a sound financial future, which includes the oversight and management of Finance, HR, IT, Security, the Community Security Initiative (CSI), Facilities, Data Management, and more. Ivan’s experience as an LAPD reserve officer and a national Infragard board member and his extensive knowledge of the security arena are instrumental in guiding the CSI team in its mission to ensure our community’s safety.

Previously serving as CFO and in other leadership positions with publicly and privately held companies and providing consulting services to financial investor groups, Ivan has over 30 years of experience in finance and operations in the domestic and international for-profit sector.

He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Keele University in England and subsequently earned the status of Associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, which is the equivalent of our CPA certification.

Lori Tessel

Executive Vice President – Donor Experience

As Executive Vice President – Donor Experience, Lori oversees the Campaign’s Donor Experience team. With experience in planning events and leading missions, Lori spearheads the department strategy, organizing and execution of events, missions, and other donor opportunities to bring awareness of Federation’s leadership and programs to our local community and Israel.

Though Lori’s professional trajectory started in the entertainment industry, she ultimately found her passion in Jewish nonprofit work. From her initial role as Federation’s Real Estate & Construction (REC) Department Director and through all subsequent senior Campaign positions she took on through the years, she built strong relationships with lay leaders, community members, and fellow coworkers that promoted our Federation’s work and instilled a uniquely positive energy within her and those she connected with. It is this enthusiasm and commitment that led her in the winter of 2019 to acquire what she proudly describes as her dream job.

Lori holds a BA in English from Arizona State University.

 

Rob Goldenberg

Chief Creative Officer

As Chief Creative Officer, Rob oversees the bustling Creative Services department and is responsible for conveying the Federation story in a powerful yet relatable way.

He brings with him extensive experience from his former professional life, which includes work on numerous large-scale marketing campaigns — some requiring stints in Singapore and Israel. Jack in the Box, Heineken, Dr. Pepper, Apple, Beats by Dre, WIX.COM, and The Emerson Collective are only some of the accounts to which Rob has dedicated his time and vision.

He has also managed partnerships with Marvel, MLB, NFL, Premier League Football, and ELLEN.

His work has been recognized with Gold Cannes Lions and other awards, and he is especially proud of his concepting efforts on behalf of The Cayton Children’s Museum by ShareWell in Santa Monica.

Rob earned his BS in mass communications and art history from Boston University and a degree in copywriting from The Portfolio Center for Advertising, Design and Photography.

Lauren Abrahams

Chief Information Officer

In her role as Chief Information Officer, Lauren is responsible for leading the integration of technology and data across departments with the goal of leveraging both as strategy drivers and developing user need-based solutions. Prior to assuming this role in January 2019, she spent four years overseeing fundraising operations and in 2016 created the Business Intelligence Group, a department responsible for data management, data delivery, analytics, and evaluation for the purposes of connecting the dots between departments, making data accessible to everyone, and facilitating more informed decision making.

Before joining the Federation, Lauren helped build the new California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco — the world’s first double-LEED Platinum museum.

Lauren graduated with a BA in Economics from UCLA and earned her MBA and MS in Information Systems from Questrom School of Business at Boston University.