Team members in our DC office manage marketing and communications, finance, development and alumni relations, teen programming, and registration for international year-round and summer programs. Our diverse team, many of whom are BBYO alumni, works together to perpetuate BBYO's legacy as the world's leading pluralistic Jewish teen movement. To find a specific contact in one of our 40+ regions, please visit the BBYO Near You page and click on the region you’re searching for.
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MEET OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS
BBYO’s 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, and establishing new organization committees and task forces.
Ruth Suzman, Board Chair, Westchester, NY
Ruth is a dedicated volunteer, philanthropist, and non-profit advisor. Having earned degrees from the University of Texas at Austin and Yale University, today Ruth works with organizations and programs that help connect young people to Jewish identity and leadership, and those that help people access educational opportunities and engage productively in the workplace. Ruth serves as Vice Chair of the Board for Repair the World, a national organization dedicated to making volunteer service a defining part of Jewish life. Ruth recently served as Chair of the Board of the Westchester Community College Foundation, and currently serves as Chair of the Wisdom Council of Greyston Foundation, both located in Westchester, NY. Additionally, Ruth serves on the boards of the MB & Edna Zale Foundation (Dallas, TX), the College of Liberal Arts at UT Austin, and the advisory board of DOROT in NYC. She is a member of the Visiting Committee to the Department of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Ruth lives in Westchester, NY with her husband and three children, and is an active member of Westchester Reform Temple.
Walter Solomon, Past Chair, Cincinnati, OH
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.
Craig L. Weiss, Vice Chair & Treasurer , Memphis, TN
Craig earned a BBA from the University of Texas at Austin in 1990 and MBA from the University of Memphis in 2000. Craig is a co-founder and partner of Tower Ventures. Tower Ventures currently owns over 400 tower assets in 28 states. In 2005, Craig purchased two Memphis-based security businesses and merged their accounts and created Central Defense Security. Recently, Craig and his partners started Central Defense Staffing to provide General Staffing Services for many of the same industries CDS currently serves for security. Craig is the Chief Executive Officer of Central Defense Security and Central Defense Staffing. Craig is a partner in Forum Automotive, a used car sales, leasing and financing company in Memphis, the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Paragon Bank, a Memphis-based Community Bank with over $300 million in assets, serves on the Advisory Board for Trestle Capital Partners a boutique merchant banking firm based in Memphis as well as on the Board of Directors for KULA, a fundraising platform for supporting schools and other causes via everyday purchases and loyalty programs. Craig was selected by the Memphis Business Journal as one of their “Top 40 under 40” of local Community leaders in 2005 and was named by the Memphis Business Quarterly as one of the Region’s Power Players in Security in 2014 and 2015. He serves on the Executive Committee & Board of Directors for the United Way of the MidSouth and recently joined the Board of the Memphis Child Advocacy Center. Craig is the immediate past President of the Memphis Jewish Community Center. He serves on the National Boards for BBYO, Jewish Rock Radio and the JCC Association. Craig and his wife, Cathy, have three children, Isaac (16), Ari (14) and Ava (12).
Lois Kohn-Claar, Vice Chair, Scarsdale, NY
After years of working in the field of education and educational technology, Lois now devotes herself to Jewish communal service. Originally from Louisville, KY, she moved to Scarsdale, NY in 2001 with her husband Gary Claar and their three children. She became actively involved in UJA-Federation where she now serves as Westchester Women’s Philanthropy Chair. Lois is a member of the Board of Directors of UJA-Federation New York and on the Commission for Jewish Identity and Renewal’s Task Force for Experiments in Teen Engagement. She is a founding member of the Neshamot Women’s Impact Philanthropy group, serves on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of the Jewish Education Project, the Foundation for Jewish Camp Board, and the Schechter Westchester Board. She is a graduate of the Wexner Heritage program. Her first leadership experiences occurred in the early 80’s in Louisville, when she became her BBG chapter’s President and also attended many KIO conventions. She spent her formative summers at B’nai B’rith Beber Camp in Mukwonago, WI. Lois holds a BA and MS Ed from the University of Pennsylvania where she currently serves on the Graduate School of Education Board.
David Brown, Secretary, Chicago, IL
David is an accomplished attorney who counsels public companies and closely held businesses on complex matters, including strategic planning, talent development, acquisitions and dispositions, private placements of debt and equity and tax and entity structures. David also serves as chairman of Much Shelist and is actively involved in strategic planning and leadership development for the firm. Prior to his appointment to chairman of Much Shelist, David served as chair of the firm’s management committee for thirteen years. He is an active board member of the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago (JUF) and is immediate past chairman of its board of directors. David has also held multiple positions within the JUF - chair of the Overall Planning and Allocations Committee (OPAC), End of the Year chair for the 2004 and 2008 campaigns, chair of the Government Affairs Committee, and president of the Young Leadership Division. David was a recipient of the JUF’s Young Leadership Award. David is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) and serves on its Executive Committee. He also served as chair of JFNA's Human Services and Public Policy Council where he worked closely with professional leadership in JFNA's Washington, D.C. office and lay leadership throughout the United States on health and long-term care issues, care of the aged, disability and tax policies. David currently chairs the Global Operations: Israel and Overseas Council for JFNA where he works with and engages the Federation system on critical overseas issues, particularly in Israel. David is active in AIPAC and is a regular visitor to Israel. He is also a member of the Economic Club of Chicago. As an active teen, David was involved in BBYO as part of the Waukegan, Illinois AZA chapter. He served as Chapter President, Illinois Council Moreh, and District 6 AZA S’gan (vice-president). David and his wife, Suzanne Muchin, live in Chicago with their five children.
Matthew Grossman, Arlington, VA
Matt has served as BBYO's Chief Executive Officer since 2004 and is currently responsible for working with the organization's teen, professional, volunteer and philanthropic leaders to set BBYO's vision and direction. For more than 90 years, BBYO has provided exceptional identity enrichment and leadership development experiences for hundreds of thousands of teens and now ranks as one of the Jewish community’s premier platforms for reaching and inspiring Jewish teens. Matt takes great pride in BBYO's ability to bring Jewish teens together so they can form powerful, authentic relationships with each other and with inspiring adult role models. He plays a key role in hiring the professional team who bring to life the compelling Jewish environments where teens feel pride in who they are, in control of their own destiny and a part of something greater than themselves. With the guidance and mentoring of BBYO's Board of Directors, Matt has helped grow BBYO's budget three-fold, expand AZA and BBG membership to over 33,000 teens across the globe, all while ensuring that appropriate systems and financial controls are in place to support BBYO's fast growing infrastructure. 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 grew up in Cheshire, a small town in central Connecticut and currently lives with his wife Melissa, daughter Olivia, and son Gabriel in Arlington, VA.
Lisa B. Eisen
Emily Kolodney (Anita M. Perlman International N’siah)
If you are interested in joining the International Board of Directors, please contact Stacey Apter.