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.
- Estee Portnoy, Chair
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.
- Howard Wohl, Past Chair
Howard is a private investor, having retired from Ivy Asset Management Corp, an investment firm which he co-founded in 1984. He is married to Diane and they have three children: Alex married to Allison, Hilary married to Zack, and Pamela. They also have five grandchildren. Both Howard and Diane are active in many Jewish charities. Howard is a board member of Brooklyn College Hillel (where he is currently the President), The Jewish Education Project, The Israel on Campus Coalition, MASA, PresenTense, The Solomon Schechter Day School of Nassau and United Synagogue.
- Marc Saperstein, Vice Chair
Marc retired in early 2007 as Senior Executive Vice President Human Resources for NBC Universal, a division of General Electric. He was a 33 year veteran of GE, having served in human resource roles in GE's Aircraft, Appliances, Financial Services, Healthcare, Power Systems and Transportation Systems businesses. Prior to joining NBC Universal, he was GE's first President of Corporate Citizenship and President of the GE Foundation, where he was responsible for the company's philanthropic and volunteerism initiatives. Marc currently has his own consulting business in Organizational and Leadership Development where he works with a select number of clients. He served 6 years on the National Board of INROADS Inc., the largest non-profit in the U.S. focused on internships for minority youth and has been on the BBYO Board since 2006. He is a graduate of SUNY Binghamton with a B.A. in History and M.S. in Organizational Behavior. Marc and his wife Joan reside in Mequon, WI and Naples, Fl and have two grown married children and three grandchildren. Joan previously served on the Milwaukee BBYO Board and their daughter Jessica served as the Wisconsin Region N'siah and on the BBYO International Board as Mazkirah in the late 1990s.
- Judith Finer Freedman, Vice Chair
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.
- Walter Solomon, Vice Chair
Walter is a native of Charleston, SC, 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.
- Rob Ruby, Secretary
Rob practiced law for thirty years, first in Detroit and then in the San Francisco Bay Area. For several years, he has enjoyed taking on leadership roles in the Jewish community and is currently most interested in organizations and programs that focus on Jewish continuity. He is the past president of the Greater East Bay Jewish Federation and remains a member of its board along with the boards of the East Bay Jewish Community Foundation and Northern California AIPAC. He is the current chair of the board of UC Berkeley Hillel. He is also a trustee of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy and a member of the AIIPAC National Council. Rob is a proud alumnus of Solomon AZA of Detroit.
- Matthew Grossman, Executive Director
Matt was appointed to be the Executive Director of BBYO, Inc. 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.
- Michaela Brown, International N’siah
- Laura Katz Cutler
- Lisa B. Eisen
- Rachel Gebaide
- Alan Jaffe
- Lee Kohrman
- Michael Nadel
- Ted Perlman
- Lynn Schusterman
- Stacy Schusterman
- Mika Stein, Grand Aleph Godol
- Ruth Suzman
- Phyllis Tabachnick
If you are interested in joining the International Board of Directors, please contact Lindsay Larner, Senior Associate of Development Communications and Stakeholder Relations.