Who We Are: Executive Leadership

Lonnie J. Nasatir
President
Boaz Blumovitz
Chief Financial Officer
David Prystowsky
Vice President, Campaign
David S. Rosen
Senior Vice President, Endowments
Jim Rosenberg
Chief of Staff
Dr. David Rubovits
Senior Vice President, Planning & Allocations
Joy Schwartz
Vice President, Marketing
Jay Tcath
Executive Vice President
Dr. Steven B. Nasatir
Executive Vice Chairman
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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.

As the Anti-Defamation League’s longtime Regional Director of the six-state Greater Chicago/Upper Midwest area, Lonnie 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 and is a member of the Board of Directors at Bernard Zell Anshe Emet Day School. 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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Boaz Blumovitz
Chief Financial Officer

As Chief Financial Officer, Boaz Blumovitz is responsible for the institution’s strategic direction in finance, accounting, technology, real estate, investments, legal, insurance and risk management.

His fiduciary responsibilities extend to over $2.4 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 26 locations, and a debt portfolio of $300 million, as well as IT applications and services for over 1,000 users.

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, private 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.


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David Prystowsky
Vice President, Campaign

David Prystowsky, JUF’s Vice President of Campaign, began his JUF career as a Young Leadership Division Associate in 2001, and has since held a range of lead roles in the Campaign Department, including YLD, JUF Professionals Network, Corporate Partners Program, and as the professional leader for the annual Nachshon Mission.

David also served as Executive Director of JUF’s Jewish Community Relations Council for three years, and then returned to the Campaign Department in January of 2016.

He has been to Israel more than a dozen times, and has traveled to central and eastern Europe on JUF missions.

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 S. Rosen, Senior Vice President, Endowments, leads a staff team focused on planned giving, donor advised giving, major gifts and special fund initiatives. 

He came to 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 both 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, culminating in his becoming 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 working to build a strong culture and experience for the employees of JUF.

Previously, Jim served as JUF’s 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 Ilinois and master’s in social work and Certificate in Jewish Communal Service from the University of Michigan.


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Dr. David Rubovits
Senior Vice President, Planning & Allocations

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

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 staff in 2008.

After getting his bachelor’s in psychology from the University of Illinois, David earned 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’s of science in journalism.


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Jay Tcath
Executive Vice President

As Executive Vice President, Jay Tcath’s areas of responsibility range from security, public policy and inter-group relations to marketing, fundraising 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.

Previously, Jay served as Executive Director of the Jewish Community Relations Council in both Chicago and Minneapolis, and was President of the National JCRC Directors’ Association from 2002 to 2005.

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.


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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.