The Wexner Heritage Program Alumni (WHP) Delegate Council

The WHP Alumni Council is composed of 40-50 robust WHP Alumni who are involved at the highest levels of local, national and international leadership in the Jewish community. These delegates are volunteers, invited by the Foundation to serve terms of 2-4 years, so that the Council is always onboarding new talent from our Continental pool of our most impressive Alumni. Nearly all of the 36 communities where there have been Wexner Heritage cohorts are represented on the WHP Alumni Council. Some of our communities with very large Alumni populations send more than one delegate. WHP Alumni Delegates meet quarterly to brainstorm and work on weaving the network closer together. Their goals are to support the Foundation in providing Alumni the tools and opportunities they need to stack hands and make change.

Since the WHP Alumni Delegate Council’s founding in 2012, each community has held its own local delegate-led WHP Alumni gatherings to increase a sense of connectedness to the Foundation and fellow local Alumni, and to foster alliances and crowdsourcing for the benefit of the local Jewish communities to which they belong. Delegates also serve as liaisons and advisors to the Foundation in planning alumni programs.

Wexner Heritage Alumni Social Media Platforms

Alumni across our continental network share best practices, tips, resources and ideas to be more effective lay leaders. Wexner Heritage Program (WHP) Alumni have powerful passions and huge agendas for the Jewish People. The Foundation empowers our Alumni to find one another through our powerful database WEXCHANGE and private online watercoolers such as our Facebook Group. In addition to keeping their profiles current in WEXCHANGE and searching proactively there for counterparts across the network, Alumni also regularly reach out to Angie Atkins, Director, Wexner Heritage Alumni and other TWF Staff to help connect them to others. As with all our shared communication, please remember we have a “No Solicitations” policy. In addition to these platforms, there are other peer-to-peer initiatives as well as periodic online and regional programming from TWF offering networking opportunities. Additionally, WHP Alumni cross pollinate with Alumni from all of our programs (Israelis in the Public Sector and Jewish Professionals) at SUMMITS, THE NETWORK IN ACTION.

Wexner Heritage Alumni Projects

Alumni across North America often want to “pay it forward” and create beneficial programming to either help build up the Alumni network or benefit their local community.

If you would like to start your own initiative, or for more information, please contact Angie Atkins to discuss. Here are some examples of these projects:

  • Evenings of Learning with great scholars planned and funded by our alumni made available to their entire community.
  • College Campus Connect. An initiative started by alumni to host other Wexner Alumni’s college age students for holiday and shabbat meals when they are away at school.
  • Online gatherings with great teachers, thinkers, leaders, or people who share interests across the network and want to consult with one another on a particular challenge.
  • Mentorships

Meet our Heritage Alumni

Daniel Berkowitz, WHP Pittsburgh 07

Daniel is a serial entrepreneur, team leader and strategist with more than 20 years’ experience developing concepts into plans and executing those plans into successful realities. He’s adept at fundraising, business development, strategy and motivating teams to success. Currently, as the CEO of Atlas Development Co., Daniel manages a multi-million dollar vertically integrated real estate development fund in Pittsburgh.

Tracey Bilski, WHP New York 5

Tracey is a philanthropic entrepreneur with more than 30 years of leadership experience. She cofounded and chaired J-Teen Leadership (2008-2013,) an award-winning community service and Jewish engagement program for more than 400 high school students that was recognized by Slingshot as one of the 50 most innovative Jewish organizations in North America (2013.) Tracey has developed a reputation for bringing innovation and metrics to not-for-profit organizations.

Laura Lauder, WHP San Francisco 3

Laura has held countless positions on the boards of nonprofit organizations, including the Jewish Community Federation and its $2.8B Endowment Fund Committee, where she chairs the Allocations Committee. She has also served on the boards of the Jewish Education Service of North America, the Jewish Funders Network and the National Public Radio Foundation.  She and her husband Gary co-founded the Socrates Society of the Aspen Institute in 1996. She recently became a Fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations.

In the late 1990s, Laura chaired the capital campaign for the Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School, which now houses nearly 400 students K-8, including her own children.

Laura is the founder of DeLeT, a fellowship that gives selected applicants access to a career in Day School teaching. The program is modeled on Laura’s experience in the Wexner Heritage Program.

Dan Segal, WHP Philadelphia 1

Having practiced litigation in a 50-person law firm that Dan helped to found in 1994, he is now largely retired. Among his most gratifying career experiences were serving as law clerk to Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall and successfully representing the 2,400 juvenile victims of a judicial scandal involving millions of dollars of unlawful payments to two judges, payments intended to bias the sentencing process. Dan’s activities in the Jewish community have focused on Jewish education (day schools, family education and Hillel), community relations (JCRC) and social justice/human rights/pluralism in Israel (New Israel Fund.) In the broader community, he served for a number of years as president of the Juvenile Law Center, a leading national juvenile justice public interest law firm. He continues to serve on the advisory committee of the Philadelphia ACLU. Dan has been married for more than 50 years and has two married sons and six grandchildren.

Betsy Sheerr, WHP Philadelphia 2

Betsy is a public speaking coach and media trainer, specializing in IPOs, mergers and acquisitions and private coaching for C-suite executives. She taught at Haverford College and in the MBA program at Wharton. She had a second office in Tel Aviv, where she served numerous emerging growth companies. A passionate advocate for global Jewry and the US-Israel relationship, she remains active in JDC, JAC PAC (pro-Israel/ pro-choice political action), Washington Institute for Near East Affairs and Shalem College in Jerusalem. Betsy holds two degrees from Yale University. She and her husband Richard lived for more than 40 years in Philadelphia and now reside in West Palm Beach and Martha’s Vineyard. They have four children and seven grandchildren.

Tara Slone-Goldstein, WHP NY/Westchester 07

Tara is the President of Marketing Matters Ltd., a consulting firm specializing in branding, strategic marketing and marketing communications. Tara is also currently Chair of the Board of Directors of The Jewish Education Project and on the Advisory Committee for J-Teen Leadership, a community service leadership development organization. Tara also serves on the Board of Directors of UJA-Federation of NY and chairs the Immersive Jewish Experiences Committee in the Jewish Life Department. She
was a member of the 2011 Jewish Community Study of New York Taskforce. Tara has also served as a Wexner Heritage Alumni Delegate and is a past President of the Emelin Theatre. Tara received her BA in Marketing from George Washington University and her MBA from New York University Stern School of Business. Tara and her husband Wayne live in Mamaroneck and they have three sons.

Howard Zack, WHP San Francisco 2

Howard was born and raised in Vancouver, BC. Lived in Bay Area since 1983. Most recently, Building Community Co-Chair and Capital Campaign Co-Chair for his shul’s redevelopment which culminated in move-in August 2010. Capital Campaign continues.  He sits on the AIPAC National Council and a member of the  AIPAC Summit ’13 Cabinet. He is active in the San Francisco Federation Capital Planning Committee; Allocations; Board of Governors and Ex Officio Branding Skunkworks. He has sat on the Brandeis Hillel Day School Board and the  Board of NorCal Camp Ramah.  He is a Board member of Center for Investigative Reporting (CIR). He is married to Diane also a Wexner Heritage Program alum.  They have 3 children: Marty, Nathan, and Alana.