Our Team

Our grant-making staff has both business and consulting experience allowing us to provide strategic support to our grantees on an as needed basis.

Nadine Abraham

Portfolio Manager, Education

 

Nadine joined the One8 Foundation in October 2019 as a Portfolio Manager focusing on the foundation’s education work. Prior to joining One8, Nadine was the Chief Operating Officer at a charter school network in Massachusetts. Before this, she served as a Director at the District Management Group, an education consulting firm that partners with K-12 schools to improve educational outcomes. Nadine began her career at Oliver Wyman, a global management consulting firm, as a consultant and manager specializing in improving strategic operations and organizational design for financial services firms.

Nadine received her BA in Economics with a minor in Mathematics from Wellesley College.

Alyssa Arens

Associate Portfolio Manager, Jewish Life and Special Projects

 

Alyssa is an Associate Portfolio Manager at the One8 Foundation. She recently completed a dual Masters degree at Brandeis University, in the areas of Public Policy and Jewish Professional Leadership. Prior to completing her degree, Alyssa served as a Goldman Bridge Fellow in the American Jewish Committee (AJC) Washington Regional Office and has worked for Israel Outdoors and the Union for Reform Judaism. In the summer of 2010, she was an AJC Goldman Fellow in Warsaw, Poland, where she worked with Forum for Dialogue Among Nations, a non-profit that fosters Polish-Jewish dialogue and reduces anti-Semitism in Poland.

Alyssa received a BA with honors in anthropology and religious studies from Wesleyan University in 2011 and a Master of Public Policy and Masters of Jewish Professional Leadership from Brandeis University in 2016. 

 

Karyn Cohen Leviton

Director, Jewish Life and Israel

 

Karyn joined the One8 Foundation in March 2013. She leads the foundation’s work in Jewish Continuity, Israel, and special projects in the US in the non-Jewish related issues areas. She’s responsible for identifying great organizations and leaders, developing grants and providing strategic and tactical support to help organizations increase their impact in significant and sustainable ways.

Karyn has significant experience in both the private and non-profit sectors. Prior to joining One8, Karyn was Associate Vice President of Strategy Implementation at Combined Jewish Philanthropies, where she managed strategy and grant making for engaging key populations in Jewish life and led measurement efforts and other strategic projects. Prior to this Karyn spent nine years as a management consultant in Chicago and Boston with Capgemini focused on growth and customer strategy. She started her career working for the New England Holocaust Memorial and in the direct marketing industry.

Karyn received a BA in Art History from The George Washington University and an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management.

 

Fallon Howard

Office Coordinator

 

Fallon joined the One8 Foundation in September 2018 as the Office Coordinator. Before joining One8, Fallon was Housing Assistant for the Malden homeless shelter, Housing Families Inc., helping families find permanent housing.

Fallon graduated from the Year Up program in July 2013.

 

Joanna Jacobson

President

 

Joanna Jacobson is a trustee and President of the One8 Foundation that is both a foundation and a pro bono strategic consultancy that supports its grantees. She is also a co-founder and Managing Partner of Strategic Grant Partners, a venture philanthropy organization which has supported the start-up and scale of multiple successful nonprofits. Previous to this, Ms. Jacobson’s career was in private industry where she held senior management and marketing positions in turnaround businesses including the President of the Keds Corporation and SVP Marketing and Product Development at Converse Corporation. Earlier in her career, she worked at Colgate-Palmolive in product management and worldwide new product development. She has also taught at the Harvard Business School and was a partner in Core Strategy Group, a marketing strategy consultancy.

Ms. Jacobson earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard University. She serves on the boards of Youth Villages MA, HBS Social Enterprise Initiative, and UP Education Network.

 

Tova Katz

Senior Portfolio Manager, Jewish Life and Israel

 

Tova Katz joined the One8 Foundation in May 2012 to work on the Foundation’s Israel and Jewish life portfolio. In her role as Senior Portfolio Manager, Tova is responsible for sourcing, supporting and managing the Foundation’s Israel engagement and education portfolio, comprised primarily of North American-based grantees. Tova works closely with the leadership teams of her grantees, providing strategic planning and ongoing advisory support. Tova received her MBA from Brandeis University’s Heller School for Social Policy and Management in 2012. Prior to that, she spent four years at the Foundation for Jewish Camp.

Tova earned a BA in history from Columbia University and is a Wexner Graduate Fellow and Davidson Scholar.

 

Jean Kim

Portfolio Manager, Education

Jean Kim is a Portfolio Manager for Education at the One8 Foundation. Prior to joining One8, Jean worked at Excel Academy Charter Schools as a founding Dean of Operations, helping to launch and grow its first high school, and later as Director of Strategic Growth, leading the organization’s strategic initiatives. Prior to joining Excel Academy, Jean worked as a strategy consultant both at Oliver Wyman, where she specialized in the financial sector, and at District Management Council, where she specialized in K-12 public school districts.

Jean holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Mathematics from Yale University.

 

Leslie Knight

Teaching and Learning Manager

Leslie joined the One8 Foundation in August 2021 as the Teaching and Learning Manager for Mass STEM Hub. Prior to joining One8 Leslie worked in public schools for 17 years. She served as a high school science teacher, a science coach, a curriculum director and an assistant principal in various districts in Massachusetts. Leslie has focused her career on making science education relevant and engaging for students, with an emphasis on high quality professional learning for educators.

Leslie earned her B.S. in Psychology with minors in Environmental Studies and English Composition from Washington University in St. Louis, an M.S. in Secondary Science Curriculum and Instruction from Indiana University Bloomington, and is a graduate of EDCO’s Educator Leadership Institute.

 

William Kuang

Grants & Technology Manager

 

William joined the One8 Foundation as Grants & Technology Manager in June 2021. Previously, he worked as an Operations Manager at Northeastern Hillel providing support to the staff to create a home away from home for the students. William provides support to the foundation to achieve its goals.

William earned his BA in Economics and Finance from Westminster College and his MS in Finance from the University of Utah.

 

Rebecca LaPage

Intern, Jewish Life and Israel

 

Rebecca is an intern with the Jewish Life and Israel team at the One8 Foundation. Rebecca completed her undergraduate studies at American University in DC, receiving her BA in Justice and Law. After graduating, she spent three years working as the Leadership Network Director of the Philos Project in New York. During her time at the Philos Project, she designed and implemented immersive leadership trips for influential Christian leaders to the Middle East. Through her work, she was able to see the political and religious intersections of the three Abrahamic faiths, better understand the Jewish community in Israel and abroad, and view Israel in the context of the entire region. With a unique dedication to the Jewish community, Rebecca will be working on research and strategy with the Jewish Life and Israel team.

She is currently pursuing a dual Masters degree at Brandeis University in Near East and Judaic Studies & Jewish Professional Leadership.

 

Vanessa Lipschitz

Director, Education

Vanessa joined the One8 Foundation in September 2014 as a Portfolio Manager for the foundation’s education work. In this role, she is responsible for identifying potential grantees as well as providing strategic planning and advisory support to current grantees. Prior to joining One8, Vanessa was a Project Leader at the Boston Consulting Group where she worked with both for-profit and nonprofit clients on projects primarily focused on strategy development. Vanessa also spent three years at TDC, a management consulting firm, working with nonprofit organizations on strategic planning, new business planning, and organization redesign. Vanessa began her career at Rhode Island Kids Count, where she assisted with research and data analysis as well as state-level advocacy efforts on public policy issues affecting children and families.

Vanessa received a BA in Economics and Public Policy from Brown University. She also holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and an MPP from the Harvard Kennedy School.

 

Stephanie Loder

Executive Assistant

 

Stephanie Loder is the Executive Assistant to Joanna Jacobson. She is responsible for calendar management, scheduling, travel arrangements, and for providing overall general administrative support. Stephanie’s background includes over 10 years of administrative experience across several different business environments. She has a strong background in real estate business management and transactions. Prior to a year spent teaching pre-school, Stephanie worked for one of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage’s top real estate brokers.

Stephanie earned her BA from Sonoma State University with a major in Music.

 

Ashwin Rajendra

Senior Portfolio Manager, Education

 

Ashwin joined the One8 Foundation in March 2017 as a Portfolio Manager focusing on the foundation’s education work. Prior to joining One8, Ashwin was a consultant in McKinsey & Company’s San Francisco office, where he served primarily financial services and nonprofit clients. Prior to McKinsey, Ashwin spent 6 years as a crude oil options trader for Deutsche Bank in both London and New York.

Ashwin received an AB in Economics and a certificate in Finance from Princeton University. He also received an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a Palmer Scholar.

 

Erica Roberts

Operations & Administration Associate, Mass STEM Hub

 

Erica joined Mass STEM Hub in July 2021. Erica provides administrative and operations support to the Mass STEM Hub Director and staff to maximize our impact for students and schools. Prior to joining Mass STEM Hub, Erica was an Impact Manager for City Year Boston, managing teams of AmeriCorps members serving in BPS elementary and middle schools. She also completed a 2-year AmeriCorps teaching program at a middle school in Dorchester, MA.

Erica received a BA in International Affairs from Northeastern University.

Bobby Rowledge

Associate

 

Bobby is a Portfolio Associate for the One8 Foundation, supporting the foundation’s education work. Before One8, Bobby was a Senior Consultant at Trinity, a global life sciences consulting firm. At Trinity, he led and supported the development of client deliverables, with a particular focus on patient work.

Bobby received a BA in Chemistry and Psychology from Williams College.

 

Anna Sikorsky

Director of Operations & Administration

 

Anna joined the One8 Foundation in the fall of 2008 through her work with Joanna Jacobson and Strategic Grant Partners. Anna provides daily operational support to the organization. Before joining One8, she worked for the Woods Hole, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket Steamship Authority providing administrative support to the Director of Engineering. Earlier in her career, she worked at Boston College in the Dean’s Office for the School of Education.

Anna earned her Bachelor’s degree from Smith College and a Master of Education degree from Boston College in the area of Educational Research, Measurement, and Evaluation.

 

Katherine Skrivan

Director, Mass STEM Hub

 

Katherine joined the One8 Foundation in September 2016 as the Director of the foundation’s PLTW Scaling Initiative. In this role, Katherine is leading the implementation of a statewide strategic plan to expand high-quality Project Lead the Way programming, the nation’s premier K-12 STEM initiative, in schools across the Commonwealth. Prior to joining One8, Katherine worked as a teacher and management consultant. She taught high school math and coached varsity basketball at Boston Prep Charter School in Hyde Park. On the consulting side, Katherine worked both with Bain & Company and a local firm here in Massachusetts focused exclusively on K-12 education.

Katherine received a BA in American Studies from Amherst College and she also earned a Master of Education from Boston University.

 

Michal Steinman

Israel Manager

 

Michal joined the One8 Foundation in 2018 as the Foundation’s Israel Manager. In this role, Michal is responsible for sourcing, supporting and managing the Foundation’s work in Israel, including working closely with Israeli grantees, providing strategic planning and ongoing advisory support.

Prior to joining One8, Michal served as the Executive Director of the Inter-Agency Task Force on Israeli Arab Issues for close to seven years. Prior, Michal directed a joint project of the Ministry of Agriculture and Israel Farmers Federation in the Bedouin society, and served on Israel’s Permanent Mission to the United Nations. Michal began her career as a lawyer, working as a parliamentary director and legislative advisor for Member of Knesset Avshalom Vilan, and then as a senior Law Clerk at the Supreme Court of Israel.

Michal holds an M.A. in Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and an LL.B in Law from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. 

 

Claire Sullivan

Operations Manager, Mass STEM Hub

 

Claire joined Mass STEM Hub in July 2020. Claire manages strategic planning and operations so that Mass STEM Hub can fulfill its mission of preparing students to succeed in a high-tech world. Prior to joining Mass STEM Hub, Claire was an English Language Arts teacher and assistant volleyball coach at Booker T. Washington Senior High School in Miami, FL. Claire previously worked for the District Management Group, supporting public school districts across the U.S. with strategic planning initiatives. 

Claire earned a BA in Asian Languages and Civilizations from Amherst College and a Masters of Education from the University of Miami.

 

Austin Velte

Associate

 

Austin is a Portfolio Associate for the One8 Foundation focusing on K-12 and postsecondary education. Prior to joining One8, Austin was a Strategy Consultant for the Kraft Analytics Group, a technology and services company focused on data management, advanced analytics, and strategic consulting in the sports and entertainment industry, where he led client deliverables and helped build the firm’s consulting practice. 

Austin holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Yale University.

 

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