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Sally Gottesman, MBA

Sally Gottesman, MBA has been involved in the not-for-profit sector for nearly 30 years as both a professional and lay leader. Professionally, Sally had a 15 year career as a consultant to not-for-profit organizations, working both at KPMG Peat Marwick and The Eleemosynary Group. She also served as the first NY/Tri-State Regional Director of the New Israel Fund and the first employee of the Israel Women’s Network in Jerusalem.

As a lay-leader, Sally is the Chair of the Board of Encounter. Encounter invites American and Israeli Jewish leaders to expand their views of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and to be a positive force for change through meetings with Palestinians. Sally was also the Co-Founder of Moving Traditions and served as the organization’s chair for a decade. Moving Traditions helps over 6,000 Jewish teens thrive each year though helping them develop their own identities using gender and Judaism as the frameworks.

Sally’s past Board service includes The Reconstructionist Rabbinical College (RRC), Kolot at RRC where she was instrumental in the creation of ritualwell.org, Congregation B’nai Jeshurun (NYC), The Jewish Funders Network, American Jewish World Service, Americans for Peace Now and The Jewish Women’s Archive Sally is also committed to research in Neurofibromatosis (NF-1) and is a key leader of N-TAP, the Neurofibromatosis Therapeutic Acceleration Program at Johns Hopkins.

Sally is also involved with her family-owned-business, Edison Properties, LLC which owns and operates Manhattan Mini Storage and Edison/Park Fast Parking, primarily in Manhattan and Newark, NJ.

Sally’s articles on philanthropy, Judaism, Israel, feminism, and class have been published in a variety of books and newspapers.

A graduate of Wellesley College, Sally double majored in Economics and Religion. She received her MBA from The Yale School of Management. She lives in NYC with her three children, Alice (13), Ezra (11) and Charlotte (9).

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