Who We Are: Executive Leadership

Lonnie J. Nasatir
President
Audra P. Berg
Vice President, Leadership Engagement and Board Relations
Boaz Blumovitz
Chief Financial Officer
Debbie Covington
Senior Vice President, Planning and Allocations
Dan Goldwin
Executive Director, Public Affairs
Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) and Government Affairs Department
Rabbi Louis A. Lazovsky, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Vice President, Human Resources
John Lowenstein
Vice President, Campus Affairs and Student Engagement
Tracy More
Vice President, Community Outreach & Engagement
Dr. Steven B. Nasatir
Executive Vice Chairman
David Prystowsky
Vice President, Campaign
David S. Rosen
Senior Vice President, Endowments
Jim Rosenberg
Chief of Staff
Dr. David Rubovits
Chief Operating Officer
Joy Schwartz
Vice President, Marketing
Jay Tcath
Executive Vice President
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Lonnie J. Nasatir
President

Lonnie Nasatir is only the fifth person in JUF’s 119-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 nearly $20 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.

“I’m so proud of the way our community sprung into action during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Lonnie reflected. “We continue to do the work each day to meet the needs of those most vulnerable while stabilizing our communal institutions. I work at JUF because of my love for our community, with a deep appreciation in the power of collective action and collective responsibility.”

Previously, 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.

A hallmark of Lonnie’s leadership has been his focus on engaging the next generation and his commitment to promoting institutional diversity.

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.


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Audra P. Berg
Vice President, Leadership Engagement and Board Relations

Audra oversees all aspects of governance and volunteer leadership development, involving hundreds of volunteer leaders throughout JUF and its agencies. She manages operations for JUF’s 90-member Board of Directors, and heads leadership engagement and talent development throughout the organization.

Audra serves as Board Chair of JPRO Network, a national organization dedicated to connecting, empowering and educating professionals working in Jewish non-profits. Audra has over fifteen years of leadership with JPRO and is thrilled to be the youngest woman and first non-CEO to serve as Board Chair, an accomplishment for which Audra is especially proud as she represents JUF among the top leadership in the Jewish community nationally.

Audra is a graduate of the University of Florida where she earned a double bachelor’s degree in religion and history. She is an alumnus of the Wexner Heritage Program and is currently participating in the Wexner Foundation Leadership Development Skills summit at the Kennedy School at Harvard University.

Audra has been serving the Jewish community in professional leadership roles since 1995, including previous roles at JUF, United Jewish Communities, the 92nd Street Y and Advancing Women Professionals and the Jewish Community.


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Boaz Blumovitz
Chief Financial Officer

Boaz oversees finance, accounting, technology, real estate, investments, insurance and risk management for JUF.

His fiduciary responsibilities extend to over $2.5 billion in total assets and an annual budget of nearly $200 million. Boaz also oversees an investment portfolio of $1 billion, the use of more than 1,000,000 square feet of real estate in 24 locations, and a debt portfolio of $250 million, as well as IT infrastructure, applications and services for nearly 1,000 users.

Among Boaz’s accomplishments during his tenure at JUF are changing the investment management model, strengthening the balance sheet and corporate structure, and introducing digital transformation, including the organization’s recent migration to the multi-functional Salesforce CRM platform that offers significant efficiencies and enhanced cross-department collaboration.

Prior to JUF, Boaz spent 25 years in banking and finance in Chicago, Silicon Valley, London and Tel Aviv, primarily in high tech and venture lending, commercial real estate banking, structured finance, wealth management and investment banking, foreign exchange and middle market lending.

Boaz earned his bachelor’s degree in economics and business administration from Tel Aviv University and his master’s in business administration from the University of Hartford. He also graduated from Stanford University’s Executive Program in Financial Management, and the Wharton School’s Business Analytics program.


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Debbie Covington
Senior Vice President, Planning and Allocations

Debbie has worked at JUF for 31 years in a variety of positions. Currently, Debbie oversees the annual allocations and community planning processes for JUF’s partner agencies; in FY20 those allocations totaled in excess of $189 million.

In addition, Debbie is responsible for the administration of a statewide social service program for refugees through a contract with the Illinois Department of Human Services and has been actively involved with the refugee program for her entire tenure at JUF. She was appointed to the Illinois Department of Human Services Social Services Advisory Council in 2011.

“Every day, in a behind the scenes kind of way, I get to make the lives of people better,” Debbie reflected. “Donors feel good about their philanthropy because of the due diligence we do in the allocations that we make, organizations are able to fulfill their mission, and community members are enriched.”

Debbie earned her MSW from Virginia Commonwealth University with a concentration in social work administration.


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Dan Goldwin
Executive Director, Public Affairs
Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) and Government Affairs Department

Dan oversees JCRC, the umbrella body for more than 40 Chicago-area Jewish organizations and operates as JUF’s community relations division. He also leads the Government Affairs department whose mission is to promote public policies and legislation at all levels of government that support the health and human services provided by JUF’s network of affiliated agencies. This includes enhancing the interests of the Jewish community both domestically and overseas, building and strengthening relationships with elected and appointed government officials, and educating and engaging the Jewish community in public policy advocacy.

Among his proudest JUF accomplishments is leading a trip to Israel in 2019 with ten Latino leaders. There they met with Israeli elected officials, scholars, military leaders, and average citizens, a member of the Palestinian Authority’s senior leadership and a Palestinian teacher from Hebron. Dan reflected that each person on the trip came back with a better understanding and deeper appreciation for Israel as a Jewish state, and closer ties to JUF and Chicago’s Jewish community.

Dan joined JUF in August 2018 after working as Midwest Regional Director and Deputy Director at AIPAC. Prior to that, Dan was the Midwest Executive Director for Israel Bonds and a litigator and consultant at Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal, Navigant Consulting and Alix Partners.

Dan graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1994 and from Northwestern University’s School of Law in 2000.


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Rabbi Louis A. Lazovsky, SPHR, SHRM-SCP
Vice President, Human Resources

Rabbi Lazovsky has held a variety of positions throughout his 30 plus years at JUF, including multiple roles in the campaign department and serving as Assistant Director of Budget and Planning. Previously, he served as Executive Director of The Ark, as a Director of Truman College, Spiritual Advisor of Yeshivas Brisk, and Faculty Member of the religious and secular studies department at Ida Crown Jewish Academy.

Rabbi Lazovsky is the spiritual leader at Beth Hamedrosh Hagodol Kesser Maariv Anshe Luknik, the oldest Orthodox Congregation in the Midwest. He has served on the Executive Committee of the Chicago Rabbinical Council, Chicago Board of Rabbis and the Alumni Board of the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy. In reflecting on his tenure with JUF, Rabbi Lazovsky said, “I love the people I work with more than words can describe and I am grateful for the opportunity to take care of those who take care of others in the community.”

Rabbi Lazovsky earned his undergraduate degree in history from Roosevelt University, his graduate degree in public policy from the University of Chicago and his Rabbinic Ordination from Brisk Rabbinical College. He is a Certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), a Senior Certified Human Resources Professional (SHRM-SCP) and has a Certificate from the College for Advanced Management of Health Benefits and Pharmacy Benefits Academy.


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John Lowenstein
Vice President, Campus Affairs and Student Engagement

John oversees the Departments of Campus Affairs and Education at JUF. He also serves as Executive Director of IsraelNow Education Foundation, which brings 8th grade students to Israel for a pivotal Jewish identity experience.

With great pride, John works toward battling hate, eradicating antisemitism and enriching Jewish life for students on college campuses across the State.

Before joining JUF in 2012 as a professional, John held multiple volunteer leadership positions at the organization. He was a former YLD president and served on the JUF Board of Directors. He was also a Vice Chairman, member of the Executive Committee, lead solicitor for Jewish Day School Guarantee Trust Fund, as well as the End of Year JUF Campaign Chairman. Beyond his work with JUF, John has served as Chair and President of the Midwest Region of Friends of the I.D.F. and as Chairman of the capital campaign for Ida Crown Jewish Academy.

John received his B.A. from Tufts University and his J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law. His varied professional background includes twelve years at Sportmart, Inc, where he rose to be its Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.


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Tracy More
Vice President, Community Outreach & Engagement

Tracy heads up JUF’s Community Outreach & Engagement department, the team responsible for creating meaningful Jewish experiences for families, teens, young adults and volunteers. Her work strengthens Jewish community building through impactful partnerships with synagogues, preschools, youth groups, and many other organizations.

Among her most notable accomplishments during her tenure at JUF is assisting in the creation of the Technical Assistance Collaborative which launched in response to the pandemic. This program offers expertise to hundreds of local organizations, in disciplines ranging from employment law, financial modeling and technology to marketing, fundraising and security.

Tracy also oversees the Community Program Development department, mobilizing resources that help fuel the programs and services at the heart of the community, in addition to fundraising and securing grants for JUF programs, the JUF Annual Campaign, and partner agencies.

Originally from St. Louis, and a graduate of the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, Tracy has worked at JUF for more than twenty-five years in a variety of roles, including Planning & Allocations and Campaigns. She received the Samuel A. Goldsmith award in 2002, which is awarded each year to an outstanding young Jewish professional.


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Dr. Steven B. Nasatir
Executive Vice Chairman

Steve Nasatir served as President of the Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Chicago from 1979-2019, guiding the community through four decades of tremendous change and challenge.

He now serves as JUF’s Executive Vice Chairman.

Just the fourth chief executive in the institution’s 119-year history, Steve grew JUF into the hub of one of the largest humanitarian networks in the nation. During his tenure, JUF/Federation raised more than $8 billion to provide help, hope and healing to countless millions in need.

As historic events unfolded – such as the exodus of more than a million Soviet Jews and the rescue of Jews from Ethiopia – Steve always was the first to commit community resources.

He is a staunch Zionist and leading advocate for Israel and its people.

A graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, he earned his master’s from Roosevelt University and his doctorate from Northwestern University.


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David Prystowsky
Vice President, Campaign

David Prystowsky began his JUF career in 2001 as a Young Leadership Division associate and has since held a range of lead roles in the Campaign department, working with YLD, JUF Professionals Network, Corporate Partners Program, and as the professional leader for the annual Nachshon Mission. He also served as Executive Director of JUF’s Jewish Community Relations Council.

Under David’s leadership, the Annual Campaign has experienced continued growth as the central source supporting human services from baby to bubbe in Chicago, in Israel and around the world. David’s track record of fundraising success, combined with his unique ability to understand what inspires a donor to give, has defined the strategic and compassionate fundraising of the organization, which fuels a network of 70+ agencies and initiatives that support Jewish life and Jewish lives.

“Leaders who have come before me have built the foundation and trust in this campaign and in JUF. I take great pride in being the steward for this generation as we continue to move forward with purpose,” David reflected.

Prior to joining JUF, David worked in film production in Los Angeles.

An Indianapolis native, David graduated from Indiana University with degrees in history and film studies.


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David S. Rosen
Senior Vice President, Endowments

David leads a team focused on planned giving, donor-advised giving, major gifts and special fund initiatives.

Under David’s leadership JUF’s Legacies and Endowment programs have grown to over $2 billion while making distributions and grants of over $120 million a year, to Jewish and non-Jewish organizations. This work has resulted in a variety of new and important projects, including the Siegel Campus for JCFS, the One Happy Camper Endowment, Rochelle Zell Jewish High School, Silverstein Base Hillel, JCC Elaine Frank Apachi Day Camp and a significant increase in funding of CJE SeniorLife programming for the Jewish elderly through the Delighter Foundation.

David joined JUF over 37 years ago from the Illinois Attorney General’s Charitable Trusts and Solicitations division, where he served as Assistant Attorney General. David currently serves as Chairman of the Illinois Attorney General’s Charitable Advisory Committee.

A frequent speaker before a variety of lay and professional groups, David consults frequently with Jewish Federations and other nonprofit groups across the country, sharing his expertise. He has served as Chairman of the Chicago Bar Association Trust Law Committee and the Annual ITT Chicago-Kent College of Law Not-For-Profit Law Conference.

In 2017, the Chicago Council on Planned Giving honored David with the Russel V. Kohr Memorial Award in recognition of his contributions to the field of planned giving.

Trained as a tax lawyer, David earned a Juris Doctor from John Marshall Law School and a Master of Laws from DePaul University.


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Jim Rosenberg
Chief of Staff

Jim Rosenberg has been with JUF since 2000, holding a variety of key leadership positions. He became Chief of Staff in 2012. In this role, Jim works with the President, senior staff and volunteer leadership on alignment, strategic direction, project management and organizational health, while also building a strong culture and experience for JUF employees.

Jim reflected, “My job is to help my colleagues be as successful as possible. I love doing that. Whether directly assisting them or helping build a system and culture in which they can thrive, nothing gives me greater satisfaction than helping facilitate success.”

Previously, Jim served as Vice President, Financial Resource Development, overseeing multiple aspects of the Annual Campaign and supplemental giving. He has spent considerable time focused on understanding donors and designing paradigms for donor engagement.

Before coming to JUF, Jim worked at the Jewish Federations in Cleveland and Detroit.

Jim holds a bachelor’s in psychology from the University of Illinois and master’s in social work and a certificate in Jewish communal service from the University of Michigan.


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Dr. David Rubovits
Chief Operating Officer

David serves as Chief Operating Officer, responsible for the organizational health of JUF. In this role, David directs the allocation of resources across departments, integrates and implements work plans to support the strategic objectives of the organization and works to maximize efficiencies that enhance the effectiveness of JUF.

Previously, David was Senior Vice President, Planning & Allocations supporting JUF’s extensive local, national and overseas system of agencies and programs, spearheading analysis to understand complex community needs– and helping ensure that JUF’s network of agencies has the capacities and resources to meet them.

Among his proudest accomplishments is leading the design, development and launch of the 2020 population study, an initiative completed every 10 years to produce empirical data about Jewish Chicago that is ultimately used to build strategic direction and support program planning.

David has over 30 years of experience in nonprofit management, program development and organizational leadership. He worked for 13 years in health care at Texas Children’s Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, and then at Mercy Hospital of Pittsburgh.

He joined JUF’s network in Chicago in 2001, working at JCFS Chicago, and joined JUF in 2008.

David earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Illinois and his master’s and doctorate in psychology from the University of Houston.


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Joy Schwartz
Vice President, Marketing

Joy Schwartz, Vice President of Marketing, heads a team responsible for conveying JUF’s identity and message to Chicago and the world via ever-expanding channels – ranging from print, email, the web and social to video, advertising, speeches, outside media and more.

Joy joined JUF in 2017, bringing broad experience from the world of advertising and marketing. She was President of the Chicago office of Havas Worldwide global advertising and marketing, and also held leadership roles at several other major agencies and exclusive boutique firms. Her clients have included Citibank, Kraft, Sprint, Reynolds Wrap, S.C. Johnson and other industry leaders, as well as national nonprofits such as AARP. She also was Chief Marketing Officer for a path-to-college company serving student athletes.

Joy is a graduate of the University of Kansas with a bachelor of science in journalism.


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Jay Tcath
Executive Vice President

Jay’s areas of responsibility range from security to public policy, inter-group relations, to marketing, fundraising, budget and planning, and oversight of JUF’s Israel office.

A trusted adviser to many leading philanthropists, Jay serves on the boards of several family foundations and has led over 30 trips to Israel with leaders from every level of government.

When asked about what inspires his work at JUF, Jay shared, “The international breadth and the depth -- profoundly enriching so many lives -- makes working at JUF meaningful. Layer that with partnering with the world's best colleagues, volunteers and donors, and you have a recipe for a rewarding 30-year career.”

An ROTC scholarship cadet at Georgetown University, he received his bachelor’s in Soviet studies from American University and a master’s from the University of Chicago. He is a Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow and a graduate of the national Mandel Executive Development Program.

In between his schooling, Jay served four years in the U.S. Army. A captain and graduate of the 5th Group Special Forces (Green Beret) Paratrooper Course, Jay was a platoon leader in a NATO Air Defense Unit based in the former West Germany.