Robin Levenston-Kudisch


Robin has 26 years of experience as a Non-Profit Leader and Major Gifts Professional who loves making “shidduchs” between philanthropists and virtuous mission driven organizations. She, her husband, Jeff, and their puppies, Zoe and Sassi, recently relocated to Philadelphia from Washington, DC where she serves as Senior Major Gifts Officer on the Development and Alumni Relations Team at the University of Pennsylvania’s Weitzman School of Design. Her responsibilities include developing a strategic fundraising program for the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy, along with other centers of excellence.

Most recently Robin served as Executive Director of American Jewish Committee’s (AJC) Project Interchange and, prior to that, held key positions at local Jewish Federations and the Jewish Agency for Israel. Throughout her career, she has worked with individual funders and foundations to engage in high impact philanthropy to transform the lives of vulnerable populations on local, national and international levels. Robin has a deep appreciation and excitement for the field of development and has a track record in relationship building and growing programs from the ground up. Robin’s vivacious personality, combined with her compassion and integrity, allow her to connect the right people with each other, so organizations thrive and donors feel invested.

Robin has extensive experience in building strong non-profit boards and empowering the members to serve as ambassadors and fundraisers for the causes they are most passionate about. Robin is an inspiring team leader, nourishing organizational cultures through collaboration and cohesion, and has successfully mentored many next generation Jewish communal professionals throughout her career. She boosts morale, motivation, and productivity through tapping into her core Gallup Strengths of “Woo”, “Empathy”, “Communicator”, “Belief” and “Includer”.

Having grown up sailing, her love for the water led her to recently discover dragon boating. She is a proud member of the Philadelphia River Goddesses, a competitive sports organization that is committed to empowering professional women to become stronger through paddling and encouraging personal growth. The team experience and charitable mission are geared towards building inner strength, creating team camaraderie, and helping to empower future generations of women.

Robin received her BA in Political Science from the University of Florida and her Master’s in Public Administration from Florida Atlantic University.

career highlights

Jewish Agency for Israel: VP, Israel and Global Philanthropy

The ASSOCIATED: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore: VP, Women’s Philanthropy

Built impactful donor stewardship systems, establishing protocol and  moves management strategies

Cultivated and mentored high-performing teams, creating synergy and inspiration, ultimately recognized with Team Excellence Award

sector experience

Jewish Communal Work

Global Non-Profit Organizations

National Jewish Communal Professional Association Board member

Founder of Atlanta Jewish communal professional networking association

areas of expertise

Non-Profit Management

Major Gifts Philanthropy

Authentic Relationship Building

Lay-Professional Relations

Board Development and Engagement

Program and Events Management

Professional Networking