Lonnie Nasatir is only the fifth person in JUF’s more than 120-year history to serve as President and Chief Executive. Taking the helm just prior to a global pandemic, Lonnie quickly mobilized JUF resources to understand and address the complex and emerging needs of the community. Under Lonnie’s leadership, JUF allocated $21.6 million in COVID-19 emergency relief funding. These funds are above and beyond JUF’s regular annual allocations, providing critical dollars in five key areas: food assistance; emergency financial aid; health and safety; expanded social services; and organizational stability.
His handling of JUF’s response to the pandemic is emblematic of the new energy and vision Lonnie brings to the organization. He has led a strategic process with his senior staff to articulate a clear vision for JUF’s role in the community, communicating core values to guide JUF’s professionals in their work and identifying priorities, goals and objectives that will require special attention in the years ahead.
During his time at JUF, Lonnie has focused a great deal of energy and attention to organizational culture and alignment. A hallmark of Lonnie’s leadership has been his focus on engaging the next generation, coupled with his commitment to promoting institutional diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI).
Before coming to JUF in 2019, Lonnie was the Anti-Defamation League’s longtime Regional Director of the six-state Greater Chicago/Upper Midwest area, where he distinguished himself as a community leader in fighting antisemitism and all forms of bigotry.
Prior to his tenure at ADL, Lonnie served as Administrator for the Illinois Department of Public Aid (now the Department of Healthcare and Family Services), Division of Child Support Enforcement. He began his career as a prosecutor for the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office.
Lonnie serves as a member of the Cook County Hate Crime Prosecution Council. The recipient of ADL’s Professional Excellence Award and the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office Leadership Award, in 2016 Lonnie was named Man of the Year by the Shomrim Society, the fraternal organization of Jewish law enforcement officers.
A graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Lonnie received his Juris Doctor from IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law.