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Published on January 17th, 2018 | by WMJledger

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Emily Rosenbaum is the new executive director of the Worcester JCC

WORCESTER – The Worcester JCC announced on Monday that Emily Rosenbaum has officially joined the JCC as its new executive director.

Rosenbaum’s tenure at the helm of the JCC follows Emily Holdstein’s retirement at the end of 2017. Rosenbaum brings more than 30 years of experience in non-profit management, program design and execution, public policy, community organizing, community development and fundraising to the JCC.

“During the selection process, the JCC search committee was particularly impressed with Emily’s passion and experience in community-building, her abilities and experiences operating non-profit organizations and her enthusiasm for relationship-building,” explained George Pins, president of the Worcester JCC Board of Directors. “We are confident that with Emily at the helm, the JCC will continue to thrive and grow in ways that will benefit our membership and the entire Greater Worcester region.”

Rosenbaum brings both international and local leadership experience to the Worcester JCC.

Since the fall of 2013, she has been the CEO of Akshaya Patra Foundation USA, a non-profit that works in partnership with the government of India to implement the world’s largest NGO managed midday meal program. After joining the Foundation in 2013, she added new fundraising chapters, developed new leaders, and created a Youth Ambassador program. Her efforts over the last four years have enabled a million children who otherwise would have been deprived of education because of hunger to attend school and receive a hot midday meal.

Prior to joining Akshaya Patra USA, Rosenbaum served as executive director of two community development corporations in Massachusetts: the Coalition for a Better Acre in Lowell, and The Twin Cities Community Development Corporation in Fitchburg and Leominster. By eliminating blighted buildings, preserving key catalyst properties, increasing homeownership and small business investment and engaging residents, her leadership of these organizations helped transform neighborhoods and improve people’s lives.

Between 2003 and 2006, Rosenbaum served as program director of the Jewish Organizing Initiative, training young leaders to work for positive social change. She holds a master’s degree in public administration from the Wagner School of Public Service at NYU and a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from Vassar College. “I am thrilled and honored to have this opportunity to join the Worcester JCC as its next executive director, following in the footsteps of Emily Holdstein who dedicated 17 years to building a vital, strong, and stable organization, and working with the excellent staff and board leadership who create a warm welcoming environment for all at the JCC,” Rosenbaum said. “As someone who believes in the power of community and community-building, I know that I have found the right home at the Worcester JCC. I look forward to working with the staff, board, volunteers and members to continue to grow and expand the JCC and its membership to fulfill its role as a premier community center featuring health and fitness, education and childcare, cultural programming, sports, film and the arts and more for people of all ages, backgrounds, cultures, faiths and experiences.”

Rosenbaum and her husband are active members of Congregation Beth Israel in Worcester and have five children and two grandchildren.

“While Emily Rosenbaum has local roots, our search was indeed a national one,” explained Pins. “We received and reviewed applications from scores of national and international candidates, and interviewed the strongest candidates via Skype and phone to develop a shortlist of candidates to meet with in person. In the end, Emily – with a very strong recommendation from the search committee – won unanimous approval from the Worcester JCC Board of Directors.”


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