Executive Director, American Friends of Jordan River Village
Gail joined the Jordan River Village team in 2013. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Brandeis University in Anthropology, a Masters of Public Administration in Public and Non-Profit Management and Masters Degree in Jewish Studies from New York University. She has diverse experience in the non-profit world from the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, to UJA-Federation of New York and from the Physicians for Human Rights—U.S. Campaign to Ban Land Mines to Funders Concerned about AIDS. Prior to working with the Village, she spent more than 7 years working in the area of non-profit management consulting, focusing on fundraising, at Perry Davis Associates.
Shira Leeds has spent her entire career working in non-profit. Shira worked for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International (JDRF) in the capacity of Director of Development Support Services and Manager of Public Information. While at JDRF, she worked closely with the JDRF Israel affiliate, assisting them with fundraising events in the United States. Prior to her work at JDRF, Shira worked for the Coalition on the Environment and Jewish Life (COEJL) as their Communications Coordinator.
She holds a BA from the University of Maryland in Jewish Studies, and a MA from Brandeis University in Near Eastern and Jewish Studies. Shira lives in New Jersey with her husband, Alan and her three children, Joshua, Shoshana and Danielle.
In order to achieve the goal that no camper ever has to pay to attend camp, the Village uses volunteers extensively. These volunteers include medical professionals, psychologists, program volunteers, counselors, and pre-army and national service young adults. In 2021 we welcomed 650 volunteers. In 2022 we anticipate welcoming 1,000 volunteers.
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