Joy Sisisky, Executive Director
Joy Sisisky has served as the Executive Director of the Jewish Women’s Foundation of New York since February 2009. Previously, Joy was selected as the 2007-2008 Ralph I. Goldman Fellow in International Jewish Communal Service at the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) where she lived and worked in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. She is co-founder of Do Good Ukraine!, the first ever organization dedicated to building civil society through volunteerism in Ukraine. Earlier, she served as the Associate Director for National Women’s Philanthropy (NWP) at United Jewish Communities (UJC) where she worked with local Jewish federations in the development of gender-based fundraising and managed the $400 million national Lion of Judah Endowment program. She also served as the Director of Development and Programs at the Israel Policy Forum in New York City, as well as the Arizona Area Director and Assistant Regional Director of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) Southern Pacific region.
Joy graduated from Brandeis University and earned a double masters degree in Jewish Communal Service and Public Administration at the joint program of Hebrew Union College and the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. She has a certificate in Jewish Professional Development from New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service and UJA-Federation of New York.
Rebecca Garrison, Associate Director
As the Associate Director of the JWFNY, Rebecca oversees all of the grants processes and supports the development, education and advocacy activities of the Foundation as well. Rebecca joined the Foundation after receiving her Masters in Jewish Communal Service from Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion and a second Masters in Public Administration from the University of Southern California. During her tenure in Los Angeles, she worked for the Bureau of Jewish Education in the Day School Operations department and for Kehillat Israel, the largest Reconstructionist synagogue in the country in the Membership Development department. Rebecca is also a graduate from Washington University in St. Louis, where she received her B.A. in history.
Stephanie Harz, Project Coordinator
Stephanie works on a variety of programs including advocacy, fundraising, marketing and events. Before working at JWFNY, Stephanie was an External Affairs Associate for two sister organizations, Homes for the Homeless and Institute for Children, Poverty, and Homelessness. She also has experience with the New York City Administration for Children’s Services, as the Special Assistant to the Commissioner. Stephanie obtained her master’s degree in Education Policy from New York University and her undergraduate degree in Public Policy and Special Education from Vanderbilt University, where she was active in the Vanderbilt Hillel and Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority.