Brian assists the Trustees in establishing the Foundation as a trusted, high-impact investor in the Cincinnati Jewish community. As the first Executive Director in the organization’s history, Brian has helped to facilitate the dramatic expansion of the Foundation’s philanthropic capacity, working with the Trustees to develop new strategies for investing in the Foundation’s priority funding areas: Unmet Basic Needs, Jewish Education, Leadership Development, Continuous Jewish Involvement and Israel Connection.
Brian is also responsible for cultivating strategic partnerships with the Jewish Federation, congregations and other local agencies working to achieve a long-term vision for Cincinnati as a vibrant Jewish community and Jewish destination. Prior to joining the Foundation, Brian served as Jewish Community Relations Council Director at the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati, leading one of the most well established JCRCs in the country.
Brian brings a passion for Jewish community building, and nearly two decades of executive and programmatic experience with major Jewish and political organizations in Cincinnati, New York City and Washington, D.C.
Born and raised in Oberlin, Ohio, Brian is married to Rabbi Shena Potter Jaffee, Jewish Life and Learning Consultant at Rockwern Academy, and they and their two daughters are members of Adath Israel Congregation and Rockdale Temple.
Director of Operations
Eric works with current and prospective grantees as a lead relationship manager to help them prepare their proposals, work through the grant process, and then act as their resource and liaison after grant approval for follow-up, reporting and monitoring. Eric works closely with the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati on many collaborative initiatives, and leads our work with the Day Schools and several other grantees. Eric’s additional responsibilities include supervising interns, managing the Foundation’s real estate projects and work on other ad hoc projects related to the Foundation’s mission and goal areas.
Eric joined the Foundation after eight years with the Procter & Gamble Company, where he held a variety of Finance roles in Cincinnati, Boston and Geneva. Eric began his career at the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati where he spent four years as a development professional.
Eric is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Cincinnati Opera and is a past board member of JVS and the American Jewish Committee. With his wife Jennifer and their son, he is a member of Isaac M. Wise Temple.
Director of Finance
As Director of Finance, Teri is responsible for ensuring the integrity of the financial information of the Foundation and directs and coordinates the Foundation’s financial affairs according to accounting principles and government regulations. Her responsibilities include monitoring the investment portfolio, developing annual operating budgets, preparing financial statements and tax reporting forms, and handling benefit administration. She also lends a financial lens to the grant-making process.
Prior to joining the Foundation in July 2018, Teri worked as the Vice President of Operations and Chief Financial Officer for ArtsWave. She operated in a variety of financial leadership roles within ArtsWave beginning in 1993 including concurrently serving as the Finance Director for the Taft Museum of Art for the first fourteen years of her career in the arts. Teri began her career with KPMG leaving the firm as an audit manager and continues to maintain an active CPA license.
She currently serves on the board of Cincinnati Works and Ursulines of Cincinnati Charitable Trust and the Finance Committee for Saint Ursula Academy. She has volunteered as a member of the Executive Board of the Ohio Society of CPA’s, the Ohio Society of CPA’s Foundation, and the Greater Cincinnati Foundation Finance Committee and is a graduate of Leadership Cincinnati. She and her husband Mike have a son and two daughters.
Director of Impact Assessment
Mike joined The Jewish Foundation team as its Director of Impact Assessment in 2015. His role at the Foundation includes working directly with all of the Foundation’s grant partners on establishing their learning and evaluation processes, as well as managing a portion of the Foundation’s grants portfolio, from request inception through the final reporting phase of the grant cycle.
Prior to joining the Foundation team, Mike was Associate Director of Arts Services at ArtsWave, one of the country’s largest united arts funds. During his 15 year tenure at that agency, he helped strengthen the small and mid-sized arts community through capacity building, including launching and running the BoardWay Bound board training program for 10 years, and managing the committee that awarded competitive project grants.
In his free time, Mike is the Board Chair for Commonwealth Artists Student Theatre (CAST), a nonprofit high school theatre program based in Northern Kentucky that draws students from across the region to mount high quality productions each summer. He lives in Anderson Township with his husband, Ronny, and their three cats.
Director of Research & Learning
Kim Newstadt is responsible for guiding priorities for learning and innovation at the Foundation, which includes: leading research initiatives, creating participatory processes to assess community needs, building opportunities for communal learning and experimentation, and applying knowledge of Jewish communal trends to funding strategy.
As the lead professional for the 2019 Cincinnati Jewish Community Study, a critical tool for community planning, Kim has worked closely with the Cohen Center at Brandeis University, the volunteer Advisory Committee and senior professional colleagues from the Jewish Federation and The Jewish Foundation. Kim continues to explore the applications of this data with community leaders through communal conversations and creative learning; she is also leading a volunteer creative team of diverse voices— the Think/Action Lab—to design funding criteria to guide experimental grants around the Foundation’s new focus areas. These areas, in complement to TJF’s core funding of Jewish institutions, include building broader connections with those who seek more involvement in Jewish life and are often on the periphery—on their terms.
With 13 years of experience in philanthropy, Kim has worked at the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles, Santa Monica Museum of Art and University of Southern California. She is a graduate of Upstart’s National Change Accelerator program for intrapreneurs in the Jewish community and is a recipient of the 2021 Harris K. and Alice F. Weston Jr “Avodah” award. Kim finds joy in raising two spirited young daughters with her partner, Daniel Warshawsky, and sparking connection through the arts as a professional dancer, painter, and founding board member of ish.
Lauren J. Seal
Executive Assistant / Office Manager
Lauren supports the Foundation Executive Director and staff and is responsible for office management. Prior to joining the Foundation Lauren worked with Johnson Investment Counsel in the Trust Department as Assistant to the President. Previously, Lauren worked in marketing for 27 years with Burke Marketing/Market Decisions/Nielsen in Chicago and Cincinnati where she managed test markets throughout the US.
Lauren is a member of Eastgate Vineyard Church and is married with four adult children and one grandchild.