BBYO's International Board of Directors
The BBYO, Inc. International Board of Directors is the organization's governing body, comprised of key Jewish philanthropists, Jewish community leaders, BBYO alumni, Jewish Federation leadership, BBYO’s International Teen Presidents (the Grand Aleph Godol and International N’siah) and local and regional BBYO lay leaders. Board members are committed to Jewish youth and to building future Jewish leadership, influential in their communities and willing to help guide and assist the organization as it charts its course for the future. The Board of Directors' responsibilities include determining policy, supporting fundraising efforts, approving partnerships with other agencies, establishing new organization committees and task forces.
- Walter Solomon, Board Chair, Lexington, KY
A native of Charleston, SC, Walter is Vice President & Chief Growth Officer for Ashland Inc., an $8 billion global specialty chemicals company, and is primarily responsible for Corporate Strategy and Business Transformation. Before joining Ashland in 2002, Walter spent 20 years in Cincinnati, OH – the first 10 years with Procter & Gamble in Marketing/Brand Management and the second 10 years running privately-held start-up companies in health care and software, including an Inc. 500 company and a not-for-profit technology incubator. He has served on the Boards of Trustees for ten not-for-profit (and primarily Jewish) organizations, having served as Chairman, Vice-Chairman or President for four. As an active member of BBYO, Walter served as President and Vice-President of District 5 AZA, member of the International Board, participant in ILTC, staff for Regional BBYO conventions, and an advisor to a BBYO chapter. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia. He and his wife, Terri, have three sons and a daughter in law.
- Estee Portnoy, Past Chair, Bethesda, MD
Estee is the Senior Vice-President of Marketing & Client Services for JUMP DC, where she manages the marketing and business activities for NBA legend Michael Jordan. She is a founding Board of Directors member of Kids Enjoy Exercise Now (K.E.E.N.), a sports program for children with disabilities and serves on the National Advisory Council of The Make A Wish Foundation, and on the Executive Committee of the NBA's Charlotte Bobcats. She received a B.A. from The University of Michigan in 1989 and an M.B.A. in Marketing from the University of Maryland. Portnoy, a native of New Castle, Pennsylvania was the Regional N’siah of Allegheny Region (now Keystone Mountain Region), held several chapter offices, and attended CLTC, ILTC and ISI summer programs. She is married to Elliott Portnoy, whom she met in BBYO; they have three children.
- Rob Ruby, Vice Chair, Piedmont, CA
Rob practiced law for thirty years, first in Detroit and then in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is the past president of the Greater East Bay Jewish Federation and currently chairs the board of UC Berkeley Hillel. He serves on the boards of Northern California AIPAC and the Jewish Community Foundation of the East Bay. He is also on AIPAC’s National Council and is a trustee of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. He is a proud alum of Detroit’s Solomon AZA.
- Ruth Suzman, Vice Chair, Scarsdale, NY
A native of Great Neck, NY, Ruth lives in Scarsdale with her husband Andrew and their three children and is active in a number of community and philanthropic endeavors. Ruth serves on the board of directors of the UJA Federation of NY, where she participates in a venture philanthropy group and has chaired various committees and campaigns. She serves as a director on the board of the MB and Edna Zale Foundation (Dallas, TX), the foundation board for Westchester Community College, REPAIR the World (national Jewish volunteer service and social action organization) and the national board of the Jewish Deaf Resource Center. She has served as vice-chair of the board of directors of the Greyston Foundation in Yonkers, and is transitioning to the Greyston Wisdom Council this year. Additionally, Ruth serves on the advisory councils of the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Texas (Austin, TX), City Harvest (NYC), the JCC on the Hudson (NY), and DOROT (NY), which works to enhance the lives of the elderly in NYC and Westchester. Over the years, Ruth has served many non-profit agencies in both New York and Texas as a board member, volunteer and advisor. She is an active member of her synagogue and a volunteer in the Scarsdale Public Schools. Ruth received her BA from the University of Texas, and an MBA focusing on non-profit management from Yale University.
- Steven Price, Treasurer, Scarsdale, NY
Steven is Chairman and CEO of Townsquare Media, LLC, a publicly traded media and entertainment company. Prior to founding Townsquare in 2009, he was Senior Managing Director at Centerbridge Partners and, before that, he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Spectrum, Space and Communications). Mr. Price graduated magna cum laude from Brown University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and has a J.D. from Columbia University School of Law. Among other activities, he serves as Board President at Met Council on Jewish Poverty and serves on the Board of Trustees of Brown University, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (where he also serves on the Executive Committee) and JTS (Jewish Theological Seminary). He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a member of the President’s Council at AEI. He lives in New York with his wife and two children.
- Judith Finer Freedman, Secretary, Toronto, ON
Judith is an Author, Researcher and Lecturer on the issues of generational and gender diversity, effectively balancing demands of work and home, and mentoring protocol. Judith has lectured at such organizations as Harvard Business School, Georgetown Law School, The University of Toronto Faculty of Law, The National Association of Law Placement and Columbia Business School. She is the author of "Cracking the Code: Unlocking the Potential of Future Leaders" (Thomson-West, 2010) now in its second printing. Judith is completing her doctorate in Counseling Psychology at The University of Toronto where her dissertation is entitled, “The Unfriendly Realities of Family-Friendly Policies.” and was named a "Rising Star" of the Alliance for Work-Life Progress (AWLP) in 2009. She is an active member of UJA Women's Philanthropy and the local Toronto BBYO board. A native of Tulsa, Oklahoma, she was active in BBG in the late 1970’s and Regional N’siah of Texoma Region (now North-Texas Oklahoma). She resides in Toronto with her husband Jeremy and their daughter and two sons.
- Matthew Grossman, BBYO Chief Executive Officer, Washington, DC
Matt was appointed to be the Chief Executive Officer of BBYO in February 2004. In this capacity, he is responsible for working with the organization's lay and professional leaders to set a vision and implement strategies for BBYO. Under Matt’s leadership, BBYO has re-invented itself, tripling the number of teens participating in BBYO programs – from 12,000 to 36,000 – since becoming independent from B’nai B’rith. He has also led an effort to involve thousands of alumni and other stakeholders in the organization through its Friends & Alumni Network, leading to a major increase in fundraising. Prior to BBYO, Matt worked for Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life, playing a key role in the organization’s decade-long renaissance. Matt initially came to Washington in 1989 to pursue his undergraduate degree in Human Services and Judaic Studies at George Washington University. His interests in public and Jewish community service were prominent throughout his college career, including serving as President of Hillel, and peaked when he received a George Washington University Presidential Scholarship after initiating a relationship between the University and President Clinton’s AmeriCorps program. Matt grew up in Cheshire, a small town in central Connecticut. It was here, as a member of a Jewish high school youth group, that he began his Jewish journey and solidified his commitment to Jewish youth and to the future of the Jewish people. Matt lives with his wife Melissa, daughter Olivia, and son Gabriel, in Arlington, VA.
If you are interested in joining the International Board of Directors, please contact Stacey Apter.
Laura Katz Cutler
Lisa B. Eisen
Lauren Keats, 71st International N'siah
International President of the B'nai B'rith Girls
Lois Kohn Claar
Colin Silverman,90th Grand Aleph Godol
International President of the Aleph Zadik Aleph