Seth M. Marnin is founder and principal of Workplace Strategies, where he advises and guides non-profit organizations and individuals on a range of legal issues. Prior to starting his consulting practice, he was the Vice President for Civil Rights at the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) where he oversaw ADL’s domestic civil rights agenda. Before joining ADL, Seth was an associate at Outten & Golden LLP representing individual employees and employee classes in litigation and negotiation in all areas of employment law. In his first career, Seth was the Director of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Resources for the University of Connecticut, providing leadership to the University of Connecticut’s ten campuses on all issues related to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, and Allied Community. Seth has spoken nationally and internationally on LGBTQ issues, hate crime laws, discrimination, civil rights, and religious freedom. He has co-authored friend-of-the-court briefs in numerous cases before the U.S. Supreme Court and appellate courts around the country, including Obergefell and Windsor. He has also served on the planning committee for the National LGBT Bar Association’s Transgender Roundtable, the World Professional Organization for Transgender Health (WPATH) Legal Committee, and as a board member for Out for Work. Seth resides in New York City with his wife and their blended family.
Carson Gleberman guides operations and capacity-building at Koved Care, which provides recovery management and in-home recovery coaching for clients with mental illness. In addition to health care administration, her career has spanned international conference planning, strategy consulting and banking. A Tony-winning producer, she serves on the board of Page 73 Productions, a company dedicated to launching early-career playwrights. Past board experience includes education and international student exchange. Gleberman created “Umm, About That…” a blog with advice for parents to guide conversations about sexual orientation, gender identity, and more. She holds an MBA from the Darden School at the University of Virginia, and BA in Economics from Yale. An ally, mother of three, Jew by choice, and member of Congregation Rodeph Sholom, she lives with her husband Joe in New York City.
Debbie Heller, a native of New York, is a graduate of Lehman College and holds graduate degrees from Michigan State University and Johns Hopkins University. She has worked as coordinator of student activities at the University of Detroit, director of student activities at Georgetown University and assistant director of the middle school at Charles E. Smith Jewish Day, but she considers her greatest and proudest job to be that of stay-at-home mom to her three sons, Adam, Daniel and Jacob. All of Heller’s jobs have involved creating inclusive and safe communities for students. At Smith Jewish Day School, she focused her efforts on combating bullying, which served as a segue to her advocacy work on behalf of the LGBTQ community. Heller was part of the volunteer team that created the Keshet Parent and Family Connection, which she continues to spearhead in the Washington, D.C., Metro area. She is on the board of directors of Kol Shalom, in Rockville, Md., where she focuses on programming. She also volunteers with Project Knitwell, a group that teaches knitting to children and adults who are in stressful situations. Heller and her husband, Jamie, live in Chevy Chase, Md.
Nathan Render has worked in the Jewish, foundation, non-profit, and innovation communities for the past several years. He currently works at CIC, one of the largest clusters of start-ups in the world and whose mission is to fix the world through innovation. At CIC, he manages strategic initiatives for the CEO and supports CIC’s sister non-profit organization, Venture Café, dedicated to connecting innovators to make things happen.
Nathan began his career as the Bronfman Fellow at Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life in Washington, DC and later worked at the Einhorn Family Charitable Trust, a family foundation committed to helping people get along better. Most recently, he managed training for the northeast region of EverFi, an education technology company focusing on cultivating critical skills from financial literacy to critical thinking. He received his B.A. from Tufts University in Anthropology and Child Development. Nathan currently serves on the Board of Directors of Tufts University Hillel and formerly as a member of the City Year Associate Board in NYC.
Idit is a national leader for social justice with more than 25 years of experience in the non-profit sector. Since 2001, she has served as the leader of Keshet, the national organization for LGBTQ equality in Jewish life. Idit built Keshet from a local organization with an annual budget of $42,000 to a national organization with an annual budget of over $3 million. Under her leadership, Keshet has supported tens of thousands of rabbis, educators, and other Jewish leaders to make LGBTQ equality a communal value and institutional imperative. Idit also spearheaded the creation of leadership development programs for queer Jewish teens and mobilized Jewish communities to help defeat a proposed constitutional amendment to ban same-sex marriage and pass two transgender rights bills in Massachusetts. In addition, she served as the Executive Producer of Keshet’s documentary film, “Hineini: Coming Out in a Jewish High School.”
Prior to leading Keshet, Idit worked in Jerusalem for Israeli-Palestinian peace and helped envision the Jerusalem Open House as a leader in the Israeli LGBTQ rights movement. A magna cum laude graduate of Yale University, Idit earned her Master’s in Education from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, with a focus on social justice and anti-oppression education. She serves on the board of JOIN for Justice, the Advisory Board of the Safety Respect Equity Coalition, and the Leadership Team of the Jewish Social Justice Roundtable to strengthen the national Jewish social justice movement. Idit was honored by the Jewish Women’s Archive with a “Women Who Dared” award and selected for the Forward 50, a list of American Jews who have made enduring contributions to public life. She lives in Boston with her wife, Jordan, son, Lior, and pup, Langston.
Rabbi Laura Abrasley joined the Temple Shalom clergy team in July 2015. She grew up in Houston and graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in psychology. Her path to becoming a rabbi began with many summers spent as a camper and then counselor at the URJ Greene Family Camp in Texas. After college, Rabbi Abrasley worked in education and technology sectors in Boston, most recently serving as Youth Educator at Temple Israel.
In 2007, Rabbi Abrasley began her rabbinic studies in Jerusalem and continued at the HUC-JIR campus in Los Angeles. She served as a student rabbi at several congregations in California – Visalia, Culver City and Tarzana – as well as Boston. She also was the rabbinic intern at the Jewish Home of San Francisco and for the HUC DeLeT Summer Institute. With a strong commitment to Jewish learning, she earned an additional Masters in Jewish Education and was an education intern at Leo Baeck Temple in Los Angeles. Upon ordination in 2013, Rabbi Abrasley served for 2 years as the Director of Lifelong Learning at Congregation Beth Or in the suburbs of Philadelphia.
In her role as one of the rabbis at Temple Shalom, Rabbi Abrasley is committed to inspiring and implementing active, engaged opportunities for connection and community. She believes deeply in partnering together to pursue the work of Tikkun Olam, repairing the world, and providing rich moments for Talmud Torah, the pursuit of lifelong Jewish learning.
She and her wife, Julie Childers, recently celebrated their 12-year wedding anniversary and have an adorable 10-year old son, Noah. They are thrilled to be back in Boston where wearing Red Sox hats is the norm!
Angel Alvarez-Mapp is the Program Manager for Jews of Color Field Building Initiative. Before becoming the program manager, Angel served as executive director of Congregation Beth Sholom. Angel is a seasoned nonprofit professional with extensive experience in the development of comprehensive strategic plans, capital campaigns, and communication/marketing plans. He has provided strong leadership and strategic direction to organizations for more than ten years.
Angel attended St. Mary’s College of California for Business Administration and the Art Institute of California, San Francisco for Graphic Design. He is a member of the Regional Council for Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice, the Israel & Global committee of the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, and a board president of Association Media & Publishing, the premier membership organization serving the needs of non-profit publishers, business operation executives, communications professionals, designers, and content generators. He lives in San Francisco with his partner Daniel Ewald.
Amy Born has worked in the field of organizational psychology and organizational development for the past 15 years. She currently serves at Senior Strategist at Leading Edge and is affiliated with two consulting firms, one focuses on the corporate and government sectors and the other focuses on leadership in public education. In the past Amy was the Director of Talent Acquisition and Development for City Year Headquarters, a consultant in the Leadership and Talent practice at Hay Group (now Korn Ferry Hay Group), and she started her career as a fellow at Hillel International. She has served on the boards of Hillel International and Joshua Venture Group.
Amy has a Master’s Degree in Social and Organizational Psychology from Columbia University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology and Theatre from Washington University in St. Louis. She is a certified yoga instructor, loves riding her bike and playing tennis, and lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two small children.
Alan Cohen has worked for more than 20 years in international and domestic Jewish communal service and in corporate social responsibility. Alan currently serves as the Chief Health Program Officer at JASA (Jewish Association Serving the Aging). In the past, Alan served as the chief of staff at the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC); the director of global corporate social responsibility at Henry Schein, Inc., a Fortune 500® company; as the senior director for strategic planning and organizational resources at UJA-Federation of New York; and as a program officer for JDC’s Former Soviet Union Team. Alan is on the board of Keshet, a national organization that works for full LGBTQ equality and inclusion in Jewish life, and the Plaza Jewish Community Chapel. He is a past board chair of the Joshua Venture Group, which works to cultivate the leadership and management capability of talented, passionate young social entrepreneurs. Alan graduated from Brandeis University Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa, having studied politics and Russian language and literature. After graduating, Alan was awarded the Dorot Fellowship in Israel and spent five years living in Jerusalem. He received a Master of Public Policy and Administration from Columbia University. Alan participated in the Selah Leadership Program for a national cohort of social justice leaders and received AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps’s Partner in Justice Award. Alan lives in New York City with his partner, Robert Bank.
Gali Cooks is the President & CEO of Leading Edge, an organization formed in 2014 by foundations and federations to influence, inspire and enable dramatic change in attracting, developing and retaining top talent for Jewish organizations. Gali’s professional experience spans the public, private and nonprofit sectors.
Her career began as a speechwriter at the Embassy of Israel and a Legislative Assistant at AIPAC. She then joined the Harold Grinspoon Foundation as Founding Director of the PJ Library. From 2007-2013, Gali was Executive Director of the Rita & Stanley Kaplan Family Foundation. In the private sector, Gali was VP of Operations at an education technology startup.
Gali holds a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an M.B.A. from the NYU Stern School of Business. In 2016, she was named one of the Forward 50, an annual list of the top 50 Jews influencing American life, for her efforts to build the next generation of leaders. She lives with her wife in Brooklyn, NY.