About Us

The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) is a grassroots organization of volunteers and advocates who turn progressive ideals into action. Inspired by Jewish values, NCJW strives for social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children, and families and by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms.



Sheila Katz
Chief Executive Officer

Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg
Scholar – in – Residence

Stephanie Ann Russell
Executive Assistant to the CEO

Finance & Administration

Vanessa Surles
Associate Director, Finance


Catherine Gibson
Director of Development

Page Yarborough
Associate Director, Development

Stephanie McKim
Manager, Database and Development Services

Engagement & Leadership

Lindsay Morris
Director, Engagement, and Leadership

Jane Yamaykin
Field Services Manager

Samantha Weil
Leadership and Events Manager


Shana Sisk
Director of Marketing and Communications

Stephanie Cohen
Associate Director

Courtney Sidky
Digital and Design Manager

Steph Black
Communications Specialist

Government Relations and Advocacy

Jody Rabhan
Chief Policy Officer

Faith Williams
Associate Director, Government Relations and Advocacy

Ari Solomon
Judicial Nominations Campaign Manager

Shannon Russell
Legislative Counsel

Israel Policy and Programs

Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg