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As a key part of our mission, JCYS is committed to guiding young professionals to develop the skills needed for a lifetime of community service and philanthropy.

Through our Board of Directors, JCYS provides guidance on non-profit governance, legislative policy, business programs, financial management and fundraising. JCYS Board Members are primarily between the ages of 26 and 40 years old and participate in a dynamic, comprehensive and intensive leadership development experience.

Board of Directors at 2022 Gala - Photo by Michael Lee Photography
Photo of two women smiling. The first woman has long dark brown hair, brown eyes, and is wearing a black strapless dress. The second woman has long dark brown hair, blue eyes, and is also wearing a black dress.

Board Members experience hands-on responsibilities through:

  • Establishing the agency’s mission and strategic plan
  • Overseeing the agency’s budget and investments
  • Approving and monitoring facility improvements
  • Championing the agency’s fundraising campaigns
  • Amending by-laws

Through exposure to the full scope of the agency’s operations, Board Members are equipped to assume key leadership roles throughout JCYS and in the greater Chicago area.

Join Our Board

If you are interested in joining our Board, please contact Barbara Haworth at bhaworth@jcys.org or (312) 726-8891, ext. 101.

JCYS has over 600 treasured Alumni that helped make Jewish Council for Youth Services the organization that it is today. If you are a JCYS Board of Directors Alum, we would welcome the opportunity to reconnect with you!

Five 2021-22 Executive Committee Members smiling and posing for the camera at 115th Anniversary Gala.

Fiscal Year 2023 Board Members

Irine Sorser Turin – President
Carly Schwartz – President-Elect
Caryn Fields – Immediate Past President
Suzanne Hershman Secler – Vice President of Development
Rachel Seserman Patzik – Vice President of Leadership Development
Max Fargotstein – Vice President of Strategy and Innovation
Josh Beren – Treasurer
Katie Simon – Secretary
Sarah Gryll – At Large

Ben Altshul
James Arogeti
Robert Friend
Laura Gottlieb
Zack Karmin
Leah Knobel
Josh Olian
Elliot Small

Designates to the Board

Noah Jaffe
Courtney Rosenfield Kalter
Mike Neff
Ian Shaffer
Jake Shulman
Jason Zenner

Past Presidents

See our distinguished list of Past Presidents.

Directors for Life

See our distinguished list of Directors for Life.