Meet the Network Team

Our team is here to help you strengthen and sustain your connection with the global Jewish community. To learn more about our work, please feel free to contact us. For general questions, or if you are unsure which regional director serves your community, please contact Erica Heisman.

The Network Professional Staff

Danny Nathanson
Executive Director/ Regional Director

Danny leads the Network team and serves communities throughout the Western United States, including Hawaii and Alaska. Danny has spent more than three decades working in communities across the nation to help Jews in need and to ensure Israel’s survival. He has held professional leadership positions at a number of major Federations, from Florida to California. His USC/HUC Master’s thesis, “The Impact of Population Density on Jewish Involvement and Identification,” has been an excellent resource for his community development work.

(818) 922-7120 

Edward Finkel
Regional Director

Ed serves Network communities in the Northeast United States – from Maine to Maryland – as well as Central and South Florida and Puerto Rico.

Ed has directed Jewish community campaigns for over three decades. He founded EJF Associates, a campaign management and philanthropic consulting firm, and served as assistant Atlantic Seaboard regional director of United Jewish Appeal.

He is a trained broadcast journalist and a graduate of Boston University College of Communication. He currently serves in leadership capacities to several educational, arts and Jewish organizations and has been honored for his contributions to their work.

(212) 284-6530 

Richard A. Klein
Regional Director

Richard serves Network communities in the Southeastern United States. He has served as a volunteer speaker and trainer for over 20 years and was a filmmaker for 30 years. He is a past president of the Jewish Federation of Greater Charlotte and a past president of one of Charlotte’s Jewish congregations. He is the author of Putting the Fun Into Fund Raising.

(704) 362-5320 

Rachel O. Levy
Regional Director

Rachel serves Network communities in the Eastern, Central and Southern United States.

She has worked for the Network since 2011. Prior to joining the Network, she worked for the Jewish community for over 20 years at Hillel, Solomon Schechter Day School, several Jewish Federations and in the Jewish start-up sector.

(917) 533-8097​ 

Lexie Tuchman
Regional Director

Lexie Tuchman serves Network communities in the Northeast, Midwest and South.

She comes to JFNA directly from Columbia/Barnard Hillel as their Senior Development Associate and previously served on the University of Maryland Hillel development team, where she was responsible for alumni fundraising.

Lexie interned at the Samuel Bronfman Foundation through the Collegiate Leadership Internship Program and at Hillel International.

Born and raised in Manhattan, Lexie received her BS from the University of Maryland and is currently a candidate in Columbia University’s Nonprofit Management program.

(212) 284-6739 

Jacquelyn Shapiro
Associate Regional Director

Jacquelyn “Jackie” Shapiro has recently joined the Network of Independent Communities as an Associate Regional Director. Previously, she served as Associate Director of Development at Queens College Hillel and Development Associate for ARZA, Union for Reform Judaism. Jackie received her MSW from Columbia University with a concentration in social enterprise administration and graduated summa cum laude from CUNY Queens College.

Jackie is the first person from her family to be born in America. Her parents are from the Former Soviet Union and Jackie is fluent in Russian. She has participated on JDC Entwine trips to Argentina, Tbilisi, Georgia, Israel, and Ukraine, which she co-chaired, and is a part of JDC’s inaugural cohort of community representatives based in the New York area.

(212) 284-6727 

Erica Loiacano

Accounting Assistant

Erica has been with JFNA in administrative support since 1996. She holds a BA in early childhood education, and is married with two daughters.

(212) 284-6602 

Erica Heisman
Network Assistant

Erica recently joined the Network team after working in book publishing for a number of years. Growing up, she lived in Network communities in Georgia, California and Wisconsin. She now lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two daughters.

(212) 284-6584 

The Network Advisory Committee

Julie Wise Oreck, Chair
New Orleans, LA

Lauren Bandari
San Luis Obispo, CA

Michael Brenner
Advance, NC

Beth Grode 
Kalamazoo, MI

Marc Slotnick
Charleston, WV

Steven Slutsky
Gainesville, FL

Gwen Wallace 
West Lafayette, IN

Elliott Weinstein 
York, PA

Mark Wright 
Tampa, FL