Marian Z. Stern, Principal, Projects in Philanthropy
Marian Stern has been an active participant in the Independent Sector for over 35 years. As Manager of Community Programming at Chemical Bank in the1980’s, she formulated the Bank’s philanthropic policies, directed over $10 million in contributions annually, and provided technical assistance to New York City organizations. During the past two decades, as the principal of Projects in Philanthropy, she has worked with a wide variety of organizations in the regional New York area, providing management and fundraising services, with particular emphasis on fundraising planning, board development and training, strategic planning, meeting facilitation, and professional coaching. She also works with funders to define and implement charitable giving policies.
Lauren Reich, Development Consultant
Lauren grew up in Middlesex County and currently resides in Monmouth County. Lauren’s volunteer and philanthropic activities began with fundraising for Solomon Schechter Day School in Marlboro, NJ. She served on the Board of Directors of the Jewish Federation of Monmouth County and presently serves on their Executive Board. Lauren is the past President of Woman’s Philanthropy, Chair of Outreach, and Co-Chair of the Birthright Initiative. Presently she co-chairs the Vanguard Society for JFMC. She is a member of the Rutgers Hillel Board of Directors and a proud Lion of Judah. Lauren and her husband Nathan have been married for over 30 years, and they have three children, Daniel, Jeremy and Nicole, and a daughter-in-law, Amy. Lauren believes that when we share our work, we collaborate and communicate our best practices.
Adrienne Hoffman, Branding Consultant
Adrienne sees the world through an artist’s eye – a visual delight! Balancing her artistry with many years of business experience and entrepreneurship, she creates visuals that capture the very essence of her clients’ enterprises. Adrienne possesses high emotional intelligence which enables her to marry clients’ needs with images and designs that speak directly to their intended markets. She cares deeply about her clients’ businesses and proactively offers insight and advice that goes well beyond marketing. Combining design talent with expertise in branding, marketing, advertising, and all aspects of production, she guides clients to gain clarity around their brands, effectively target their markets and ultimately, achieve success.
Jerry Enis, Communications Consultant
Jerry is a specialist in strategic communications who counsels Rutgers Hillel on media, development and public affairs. In his 45+year professional career he has counseled Israel affairs and cultural institution clients such as the New Jersey Performing Arts Center and the Newark Museum. His involvement with Israel began as a volunteer in the early 70’s and had an office in Jerusalem for 12 years to coordinate Israel-USA PR activities for programs of the WZO-American Section, The Jewish Agency for Israel, Israel Aliyah Center, Kibbutz Aliyah Desk among others. He has received dozens of awards including being named PRSA-NJ Public Relations Professional of the Year.
When Alan started his career, He was as a Producer of television. As the media landscape has changed, and his skill set and client list has broadened, he thinks of himself as a “producer.” He produces for his clients and for the desired effect upon a particular audience. The clients vary – from not-for-profit hospitals, to large corporations, to political figures, to foundations. The audiences vary – from staff, to donors, to existing customers, to customers-to-be. But the objective of production is always the same – to make that powerful connection to the head and to the heart of the audience – to get them to see, to hear, to feel, and to act. There is no greater joy for him than making that connection for his clients. – He can do the same for you.
Beverly Volpe, Marketing and PR Consultant
Bev is a national award-winning communicator who has been instrumental in successful grand openings for clients as diverse as Shire Pharmaceuticals, Pediatric Specialty Care, PNC Bank, the YMCA, CLEAR Employer Services and Schafer Sports Center. She has deep experience in the non-profit, corporate and agency worlds and expertise in advertising, marketing communications, social media, branding and PR. In her 20+ years as a consultant, she’s created successes for hundreds of non-profits including Philabundance, the YMCA of Philadelphia & Vicinity, Avenue of the Arts, Fairmount Water Works and the Prince Music Theater. Bev is known for her business savvy, creativity, and can-do approach.
Josh is a tenacious fundraiser and communications strategist with a superior track record of maximizing team efficiency and overall results on behalf of education, non-profit and religious institutions. Josh brings a meticulous strategic approach and a collaborative spirit to resolve the toughest challenges while fostering long-range solutions that build organizational value. He has had verified success as a consultant for a wide range of organizations and oversaw day-to-day fundraising in-house for both the Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation and Reconstructing Judaism (previously the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College). Josh holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University and currently teaches for Drexel University’s Honors College.
Keith serves as the principal of TheIdeaBank Consulting and founder of the New Normal Project, which focuses on helping organizations grapple with change. Previously, he has served in a variety of roles in the Jewish community, including CEO of The Jewish Federation in the Heart of New Jersey, Executive Director of the Jewish Federation of Monmouth County NJ, VP of Philanthropy at the Federation in Seattle, and Renaissance Man at the Hillel International Center in Washington, DC. He is an alum of Princeton and has an MBA from the Smith School of Business, University of Maryland. His passion is solving problems and figuring out how to rethink and enhance Jewish life.