Meet the Network Team

Our team is here to help you strengthen and sustain your connection with the global Jewish community. To learn more about our work, please feel free to contact us. For general questions, or if you are unsure which regional director serves your community, please send an email to:



The Network Professional Staff

Mimi Kravetz
Chief Impact and Growth Officer

Mimi Kravetz has been a leader in the Jewish nonprofit sector for the past 20 years.  Her career spans professional leadership roles at top business and nonprofit brands, from Hillel International to American Express to Google.  

Mimi joins JFNA after building the HR Foundation at Twin, a digital health start-up, where she served as the company’s first Chief People Officer.  Previously, she served as an executive at Hillel International for seven years; first as the inaugural Chief Talent Officer, building a renowned talent system that supported 1200 Hillel professionals across 550 campuses, and attracted top talent to Hillel and the Jewish non-profit sector as a whole.  Mimi later expanded her scope to Chief Experience Officer, working across all student impact, including marketing and communications, and international student programs, including launching Hillel@Home and overseeing Birthright Israel. 

Prior to Hillel, she was Head of Employment Brand at Google where she was the senior marketing partner to Google’s People Operations team on hiring, training, and diversity strategies across all areas of the business.  She also served in a leadership role at, where she spearheaded educating and advising nonprofits.

Mimi received her MBA from Harvard Business School and BA from Tufts University in International Relations.  She resides in the San Francisco Bay area with her husband, their two children, Alec and Chloe, dog Foggy, and cats Paris and DK Met”Cat”.


Edward Finkel
Managing Director, Network of Independent Communities
(212) 284-6530


Edward Finkel has been an influencing, thoughtful leader in the Jewish community for over 35 years. He is a dynamic professional serving JFNA’s Network of Independent Communities for the past 11 years, working with professionals and lay leaders throughout the United States to help build flourishing Jewish communities with opportunities to enhance Jewish life and help strengthen fundraising efforts.

He founded EJF Associates, a campaign management and philanthropic consulting firm, and has designed and directed annual, capital and endowment fundraising operations for over three decades for synagogues, Jewish community institutions and organizations, providing key strategic expertise.  He previously served as Assistant Atlantic Seaboard Regional Director of United Jewish Appeal and in executive management positions at The Jewish Federations of Greater MetroWest, Western Massachusetts, Greater New Haven and Merrimack Valley.  A trained broadcast journalist, Ed is a graduate of Boston University College of Communications.  He currently serves in leadership capacities to Jewish organizations and has been honored for his contributions to their work.

Erica Loiacano
Accounting Assistant
(212) 284-6602
Erica has been with JFNA, and previously United Jewish Communities, in various administrative support roles since 1996.  She holds a BA in early childhood education and is married with two daughters and three grandchildren.

The Network Advisory Committee

We are fortunate to have dedicated volunteer leaders from Jewish communities across the country serve on the Network Advisory Committee to advise, guide and help further the mission and work of the Network of Independent Communities.


Simone Knego, Chair
Sarasota, FL

Caryn Rosen Adelman
Chicago, IL

Jennifer David
Newport News, VA

Meredith Dragon
Rochester, NY


Susan Weiss Firestone
Longmeadow, MA


Cheryl Fishbein
New York, NY


Daniel Frankel
Winston-Salem, NC

Bryan Goldberg
Knoxville, TN

Meridith Goldstein
Columbia, SC

Beth Grode
Kalamazoo, MI

Michael Hoffman
West Palm Beach, FL

Sharon Janks
Los Angeles, CA


Sam Kimelman
Tallahassee, FL


Linda Klein
Huntington, WV

Julie Wise Oreck
New Orleans, LA


Leslie Dannin Rosenthal
South Orange, NJ

Miryam Rosenzweig
Milwaukee, WI

Andy Schneider
Winston-Salem, NC


Marc Slotnick
Charleston, WV


Steven Slutsky
Gainesville, FL


Howard Stein
Wilmington, NC


Andre Tarraf
Port Saint Lucie, FL


Elliott Weinstein
York, PA