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 

danny.nathanson@jewishfederations.org 


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

edward.finkel@jewishfederations.org 


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
richard.klein@jewishfederations.org 


Rachel O. Levy
Regional Director


Rachel serves Network communities in the Central United States as well as Florida’s Panhandle region.


She has worked for the Jewish community for the past 17 years. Prior to joining the Network, she was a fundraiser for Hillel International, Solomon Schechter Day School of Long Island, and the Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey.


(608) 836-8129
rachel.levy@jewishfederations.org 


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
lexie.tuchman@jewishfederations.org 


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
jacquelyn.shapiro@jewishfederations.org 


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.loiacano@jewishfederations.org 


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
erica.heisman@jewishfederations.org 


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

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