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Interim CEO - Irv Katz

Irv is the former president emeritus of the National Human Services Assembly (National Assembly), the national association of more than eighty of the nation's leading nonprofit human service organizations, and founder of Civic Sector Strategies, a nonprofit organizational consulting practice.

Irv served as president and CEO of the National Assembly from 2001 to early 2015 and concurrently for many years as president of the National Assembly's for-profit subsidiary, National Assembly Business Services (also known as PurchasingPoint®).  Prior to joining the National Assembly, Irv enjoyed a twenty-three year career in the United Way movement, including twenty years at the local level (culminating in the presidency of the United Way for the metropolitan Indianapolis area) and three years as Group Vice President for Community Impact at United Way of America.  
Positions held earlier in his career were with the Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council and a federation of settlement houses, also in Indianapolis.  

Irv holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from Indiana University, the former a bachelor of arts in English, the latter a masters in social work.  He has participated in executive education programs at the University of Chicago, Harvard University, Indiana University, and other institutions.  

Irv was recognized for more than a dozen consecutive years as one of the "Nonprofit Power & Influence 50" by The Nonprofit Times.

 

Director of Communications, Membership & Events - Megan Manelli

 

Megan joined the AJFCA staff in January 2011 as the Manager of Membership Services and Communications. Megan currently manages all agency communications, correspondence with member agencies and other interested parties, group purchasing of goods and services on behalf of member agencies and marketing AJFCA’s services to member agencies and the outside community.

Megan attended Elon University where she received a B.A. in Journalism & Communications with a minor in Human Services. She has professional experience within both the for-profit and nonprofit sectors, including professional writing, and project management and sales. Megan currently resides in Catonsville with her husband, daughter and dog.  
 

 

Director of Government Affairs - Elizabeth Leibowitz

Liz Leibowitz serves in two roles as Senior Legislative Associate for The Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA), the umbrella organization for 151 federations and 300 independent communities in North America, and as Director of Government Affairs for The Association of Jewish Family and Children's Agencies (AJFCA). She promotes the legislative interests of both communities in the areas of disabilities, aging, foreign affairs, nutrition, broad funding streams, workforce development, domestic violence, human trafficking, and foreign affairs. Prior to working at JFNA Liz worked as a legislative correspondent and press assistant to Congressman Robert A. Brady.


Membership Coordinator - Zahava Klein

Zahava joined AJFCA in May 2014 as the Database/Administrative Assistant. In her current role as the Membership Coordinator, she manages the agency's member database and maintains a regular correspondence with member agencies.   

Zahava lived in Israel for two years where she began her B.A in Liberal Arts, and later completed it at Touro College in Manhattan. She received her Masters in Public Administration at the University of Baltimore. Zahava worked as the Assistant Program Coordinator for Chicago YACHAD, a division of the National Jewish Council for Disabilities, providing inclusive programming for individuals with moderate to severe cognitive and physical disabilities and their typical peers. She now lives in Baltimore City with her husband and two sons.

 

Program Manager - Bob Seidel

 

Bob joined AJFCA in August 2016 as a consultant Program Manager.  His work for AJFCA so far has included managing the Meyerhoff Early Career Professional Fellowship Program and the biannual member organizations’ staff compensation survey, as well as supporting the VISTA program on VISTA members’ professional development, and other tasks. 

Bob is an independent consultant in Baltimore, focusing on education and youth development practice, policy, and advocacy.  He has a special interest in leadership development.  Prior to launching his consulting practice in 2014, Bob was the Senior Director, Strategic Initiatives and Policy, for the National Summer Learning Association, where he worked on federal and state policy, strategic partnerships, and community systems-building initiatives. He also spent a decade in the national office of Communities In Schools, the nation’s largest school dropout prevention organization, serving as National Program Partnership Director and Director of Government Resources, among other roles. Bob is a former teacher in the Baltimore City Public Schools, a former administrator and faculty member at the Johns Hopkins University Institute for Policy Studies, and former Service-Learning Specialist at the federal Corporation for National and Community Service. He is currently an adjunct faculty member in philosophy at McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland, focusing on political philosophy.

Bob holds a bachelor of arts in sociology degree from the University of Michigan and a master of liberal arts degree from Johns Hopkins University.

 

VISTA Leader - Boi-Baindu Robin

Boi-Baindu joined AJFCA in November 2016 as the VISTA Leader for AJFCA’s eleven projects in Philadelphia, Atlanta, New York, St Louis, Washington DC, Maryland, New Jersey, Detroit, Chicago, California, and Florida. Boi-Baindu works closely with VISTAs attached to these projects, serving as a mentor and providing them with the guidance, and support needed for them to implement their project and achieve their project goals and impact. Boi-Baindu serves as a point of contact for each of these VISTA projects and effectively coordinates activities to help enhance project performance. 

Boi-Baindu holds an undergraduate degree in Sociology  from Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone and two master degrees in Development Studies and International Development; Development Finance from the Njala University- University of Sierra and University of Manchester (United Kingdom) respectively.  She also has a post graduate certificate in Non Profit and Organization Financial Management.  Prior to working at AJFCA, Boi-Baindu worked with an International Non-profit Organization as the Program Officer International Operations.