Federation Professionals

The Heart of What We Do

We believe in the Jewish value of tzedakah: giving charity to those in need.

At Federation, many of us remember the sound of a quarter clinking at the bottom of our childhood tzedakah box. Some of us are new to the concept of tzedakah. But every day—whether we’re submitting payroll, meeting with community members, making coffee, or designing an e-mail—tzedakah is at the heart of what we do.


James Cohen,* Chief Executive Officer

Alyssa Huck*, Director of Operations

Robyn Johnson, Executive Administrative Professional

Barry Family Campus

Claire Avitabile, General Manager

Tonya Bates, Operations Director

Jon Sweet, Chief Engineer

Elizabeth Gordon, Campus Services Associate

Community Impact: Engagement & Israel Center

Eilat Harel,* Director of Community Impact: Engagement & Israel Center

Marisa Gage, Director of Special Campaigns

Emma Dunn, Twin Cities Young Adult Engagement Manager

Gabe Herstig, Israel Program Specialist

David Jordan Harris, Director, Rimon

Lauren Kaplan, Director, Harry Kay Center for Leadership Excellence

Sarah Key, Harry Kay Leadership Associate

Kara Rosenwald, Experience Israel 2023 Coordinator

Community Impact: Planning, Allocations & Community Partnerships

Judie Rothschild,* Director of Community Impact: Planning, Allocations, & Community Partnerships

Paula Diamond, Community Impact and Evaluation Associate

Laura Tilsner Liszt, Community Impact Associate


Alene G. Sussman,* Director, Jewish Community Foundation

Alyssa Golob,* Associate Director of Development

Tslil Shtulsaft*, Director of Global Experiences and Affinities

Amber Bishop, Development Assistant

Sandra Bishop, Development Operations & Data Systems Manager

Jen Bucklew, Development Officer, Associate Director of Women’s Philanthropy

Amber Carlson, Development Officer

Jessica Hellman, Marketing & Development Assistant

Francesca Landon, Development Assistant

Lori Liss, Donor Relations Director

Tracy Kamen, Senior Philanthropy Officer

Amy Newman, Grants & Philanthropy Manager

Finance & Operations

Martin Lipshutz,* Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer

Lisa Michalik, Human Resources Specialist & Accounting Professional

Michelle Shapiro, Manager, Financial Reporting & Accounting

Marika Wells, Staff Accountant

Deb Yugo, Foundation Accountant & Accounts Payable Specialist


Heather Villars,* Director of Marketing

Emily Gustafson, Marketing Specialist

Jessica Hellman, Marketing & Development Assistant

Maryweather Peterson, Marketing Specialist

Daci Platt, Content Manager

 *Leadership Team Member

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