Judy Levey
Executive Director

Judy Levey has been JCUA’s executive director since 2012. She originally joined the staff in 2009 to manage JCUA’s community development work. Building on JCUA’s strong history, Judy has led the renewed membership initiative to help galvanize JCUA’s voice and impact as a partner and ally to marginalized communities in Chicago. She was formerly the executive director of the Homeless and Housing Coalition of Kentucky, where she led a successful campaign to establish permanent statewide funding for affordable housing. Earlier in her career, Judy spent 7 years working for New York City’s Human Resources Administration. She holds a master’s in public policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a B.A. 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.

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.

Jill Katz

Jill Katz
Development Manager

Jill joins JCUA with a deep passion for social justice and a breadth of political advocacy and development experience. Having served most recently as the Finance Director for Andrea Zopp’s campaign for the U.S. Senate, she played a crucial role in setting up fundraising operations that raised record funds within the first 30 days. Previously the Regional Finance Director for J Street, she led fundraising and political strategy that contributed to the organization’s successful growth. She holds a degree in International Development and Economics from Michigan State University.

Anna Rubin

Anna Rubin
AVODAH Organizing Fellow

Anna joined the JCUA staff in September of 2015 as part of her year with AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Anna considers herself a Midwesterner at heart, and is thrilled to have the opportunity to move to Chicago and get to know the city and its amazing citizens through JCUA's work. She graduated from Princeton University with a degree in Religion and a certificate in Judaic Studies, and was an active member of her campus' Hillel. Anna hopes to spend the year exploring all of Chicago's 77 neighborhoods and attending actions across with city with her AVODAH housemates.

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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