Staff

Judy Levey
Executive Director

Judy Levey joined JCUA in 2009 to manage the organization’s community development work. She created Community Ventures LLC to streamline the Community Ventures Program, JCUA’s zero-interest loan fund for affordable housing. Late in 2011, she assumed the position of CEO. As the former executive director of the Homeless and Housing Coalition of Kentucky, Judy led a successful legislative campaign to establish dedicated funding for Kentucky’s Affordable Housing Trust Fund. Prior to joining JCUA, Judy was director of community outreach for the Urban Land Institute Chicago District Council. Earlier in her career, Judy worked for New York City Human Resources Administration in the divisions of Income Support and Medicaid. Judy holds a master’s degree in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Michigan.
 

Marla Bramble

Marla Bramble
Director of Organizing

Marla Bramble joined the JCUA staff as the Director of Organizing in November 2014. With more than 15 years of organizing in Chicago, Marla brings a passion for justice and a breadth of campaign experience and relationships to the new position. She previously built a grassroots leadership development program and has worked with various coalitions to win victories on community, city, and statewide issues. Marla graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a BSW degree. Marla is a swimmer and enjoys Chicago's forest preserves, parks and lakefront.

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Sarah Gold
Manager of Community Building

Sarah Gold comes to JCUA with a wealth of professional experience in community development, affordable housing and Jewish social justice work. Sarah earned her Masters Degree in Urban Planning and Policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where her studies focused on affordable housing and community development. In addition to building relationships with JCUA's community partners, Sarah will be overseeing JCUA's programming including Or Tzedek, JMCBI, and the Community Ventures Program, JCUA’s zero-interest loan fund for affordable housing. In her free time, Sarah loves competing in triathlons, sky diving and avidly reading for book club.

Deborah Goldberg

Deborah Goldberg
Coordinator of Teen Programs

Deborah Goldberg manages JCUA's Or Tzedek teen social justice program. She grew up outside Chicago and spent six summers working as a counselor and unit head at Olin-Sang-Ruby Union Institute (OSRUI). After graduating from Washington University in St. Louis with a BA in history and political science, Deborah worked as an Eisendrath Legislative Assistant at the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism in Washington. Her job included engaging teens and college students in advocacy and social justice work. 

Verna Jaunes

Verna Jaunes
Administrative/Finance Director

Verna Jaunes is a graduate of DePaul University College of Commerce. She has worked for JCUA in the areas of office management and administration since 1998. In this role, she is responsible for all facets of office operations including human resources, financial record keeping and administrative documentation.


 

Daniel Kaplan

Daniel Kaplan
Community Organizer

Daniel is a Chicago native with a passion for tzedek and social justice. Daniel graduated from Whitman College with a BA in Race and Ethnic Studies, concentrating on Postcolonial Studies and the Middle East. Daniel returned to Chicago to live in a Moishe House and help build a young Jewish community rooted in social justice. Since then, he has become an active member of Mishkan Chicago, and organizes with Jewish Solidarity and Action for Schools. In his free time, Daniel loves baking challah, camping and biking across the city.

Nate Seeskin

Nate Seeskin
AVODAH Organizing Fellow

Nate joined the JCUA team in September 2014 through his service with AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps. Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Nate graduated from American University in Washington, D.C. with a BA in Political Science and a Certificate in Advanced Leadership Studies. In Washington, Nate interned at the Brookings Institution, the Children’s Law Center and the Association of Clinicians for the Underserved. Before moving to Chicago, he spent a summer in Berkeley, California as a fellow at Urban Adamah, a program focused on educating young adults about urban agriculture, sustainability, and Jewish themes. Outside of work, Nate’s hobbies and interests include reading, biking, politics and urban issues.
 

Hannah Wolod

Hannah Wolod
Marketing and Communications Manager

Hannah holds a Master’s of Nonprofit Management and Administration from North Park University and a BA in sociology from Tulane University. For nearly a decade, Hannah has served in an administrative, executive support and development capacity for social service and fair trade nonprofit organizations. Her experience includes Raiser's Edge database management, individual cultivation, grant writing, prospecting and event management, as well as e-marketing and communications strategy and design. Her young son has also made her an expert in Lego building, trucks, and hide and seek.

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