Jessie is the person you call when you want an answer. Whether it be tripling your day school’s annual fundraising, crafting a pitch to the Mayor for neighborhood crosswalks, or finding a spouse for your best friend, Jessie will get it done.
Jessie began her career at Hazon and rose in the ranks to a position focused on creative fundraising strategies like shifting the organization to a business-to-business (“b-to-b”) model. In 2014, immediately following Jessie's own rustic wedding retreat weekend, a handful of wedding guests approached Jessie and requested that she coordinate their upcoming nuptials. Overnight, she found a niche in coordinating retreat weddings, which segued into project management consulting for nonprofits and corporations. To date, Jessie has directed more than a hundred large- and small-scale retreats, nonprofit galas, community fundraisers, and professional conferences throughout the world.
The two greatest challenges to completing a project are time constraints and resources. There is no such thing as too little time or too few resources. Jessie is committed to 'lean project management' - reducing waste, including staff and volunteer time, leads to quickly accomplishing goals.
Jessie studied Family and Human Development at Barrett, The Honors College at Arizona State University and holds a Master’s degree in Social Work from New York University. Jessie is an adjunct professor at the Yeshiva University’s Wurzweiler School of Social Work where she helps graduate students connect their educational journey to the fields of public policy, advocacy, and nonprofit financial capacity building. She has studied internationally in France and Israel and spent ten years living in New York City. Seven years ago, Jessie returned to her New England roots to settle in Stamford, Connecticut with her husband, three daughters, and son.
Jessie is firmly dedicated to making the world healthier and more sustainable. She coordinates a 100+ family CSA, is redesigning her local park, and frequently chairs local charitable events. As much as Jessie likes being home, she is happiest when traveling (or in the process of planning a trip!) and has been to over twenty-five countries. She is looking forward to eating her way through India.
Favorite quote: “Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you.” - Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Consulted with nonprofits and corporations including: Google, MarketCast, Kelloggs, Prizmah: Center for Jewish Day Schools, StandWithUs/IsraelLINK, Jewish Federations of North America, Israel Cancer Research Fund, United Jewish Federation of Greater Stamford, New Canaan, and Darien, UJA-Federation of New York, Rosov Consulting, Jewish Majorca, and The Jewish Theological Seminary
Director of Sales & Outreach, Director of New York Bike Ride, and
Development Officer at Hazon
Behrend Leadership Fellow
Years experience: 13
Years Experience: 15
Creative fundraising campaigns
RFPs and grant development
Peer-to-peer fundraising campaigns
Strategic planning with boards and lay leaders
Giving circles, including teen leadership programs