Meet Our Trustees

Over 380 women are Trustees of the Jewish Women's Foundation, including 50 multigenerational families. Get to know a few of the forward-thinking women who sit at our philanthropic table!

Our Leadership

2022-2023 Steering Committee

The Steering Committee comprises the leadership of the Jewish Women’s Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago (JWF) and is responsible for guiding the strategic direction and priorities of JWF. The work of the Foundation, primarily accomplished at the committee level, concentrates on grantmaking, programs, and resource development.


Sue Rifas

JWF Chair

Shari Slavin

Immediate Past Chair

Stephanie Smerling

Grants Chair

Andi Srulovitz

Leadership & Resource Development Chair

Randi Gurian

Evaluation Chair

Alona Anspach

Financial Liason

Jan Schwartz

Advocacy & Outreach Chair

Lynne Reich

Program Chair

Nancy Krent

Economic Security/Legal Reform Grants Subcommittee Chair

Sara Wolkenfeld

Economic Security/Legal Reform Grants Subcommittee Chair

Naomi Senser

Health/Well Being Grants Subcommittee Chair

Esther Sussman

Innovation Grants Subcommittee Chair

Adrienne Kriezelman

Multigenerational Chair

Debbie Ruderman

Chair Appointee

Sheri Bassewitz

At-Large Member

Marilyn Green-Rebnord

At-Large Member

Avril Klaff

At-Large Member

Marjorie Loeb

At-Large Member

Bonnie Marcus

At-Large Member

Lynne Sered

At-Large Member

Trustee Highlights

To demonstrate the value of each unique voice and perspective within our diverse organization, it is our pleasure to share articles highlighting some of our Trustees.

Marianne and Stuart Taussig

Marianne Taussig

A Lifetime of Service: Meet JWF Trustee Marianne Taussig

Read about Marianne

Marilyn Cohen

Marilyn Cohen

For Founding JWF Multigenerational Trustee Marilyn Cohen, It's About Giving Back

Read about Marilyn