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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.

JCYS Board of Directors at 2023 Spring Event, Make Magic with JCYS
Two smiling women in front of event step-and-repeat. Woman on the left has long dark brown hair, wearing a black shirt, black blazer, and khaki green pants; the one on the right has dark brown hair in an updo, wearing a chartreuse 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 Samantha Jakubowski at sjakubowski@jcys.org or (312) 726-8891.

JCYS has over 600 treasured Alumni who helped make Jewish Council for Youth Services the organization it is today. If you are a JCYS Board of Directors Alum, we 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

Carly Newman – President
Josh Beren – President-Elect
Irine Sorser Turin – Immediate Past President
Max Fargotstein – Vice President of Development
Suzanne Hershman Secler – Vice President of Leadership Development
Rachel Seserman Patzik – Vice President of Strategy and Innovation
James Arogeti – Treasurer
Noah Jaffe – Assistant Treasurer
Leah Knobel – Secretary
Sarah Gryll – At Large

Ben Altshul
Robert Friend
Laura Gottlieb
Courtney Rosenfield Kalter
Zack Karmin
Mike Neff
Katie Nowicki
Josh Olian
Ian Shaffer
Jason Zenner

Designates to the Board

Roni Cohen
Seth Greenberg
Morgan Marcus
Madeline Remish

Past Presidents

See our distinguished list of Past Presidents.

Directors for Life

See our distinguished list of Directors for Life.