JEWISHcolorado Lay Leader Named to JFNA Cabinet Position

Apr 28, 2021 | Article, Women's Philanthropy

JEWISHcolorado Lay Leader Named to JFNA Cabinet Position

JEWISHcolorado congratulates Women’s Philanthropy leader Carla Weinberg Kutnick who has been named to a vice-chair role with Jewish Federations of North America’s National Young Leadership Cabinet. Kutnick will be filling a new position of Alumni Development Vice-Chair, ensuring that young Jewish leaders who have participated in the JFNA National Young Leadership Cabinet program continue to remain involved and engaged in their local Federations.

National Young Leadership Cabinet (NYLC) is JFNA’s premiere lay-leader development program and the primary pipeline for leadership across major Jewish organizations. Cabinet trains and inspires the most promising young volunteers ages 30-45 for positions of leadership in the Jewish community. Since its founding in 1963, NYLC has successfully attracted individuals who lead at the highest levels of Jewish communal life. 

Kutnick will work with her co-chair Danielle Weiss of Philadelphia. Both sit on the boards of directors of their local Federations. Kutnick will also work with Denver native Shauna Ruda, who is the JFNA director of cabinet and alumni stakeholder relations. “We have a unique opportunity to engage leaders by blending tradition and legacy with innovation and a forward-thinking approach,” said Kutnick. “We must work locally and nationally to cultivate and foster young Jewish leaders.”

“She brings the best of heart, mind, and spirit to her commitment to our community,” said Rabbi Jay Strear, president and CEO of JEWISHcolorado. “Carla is dedicated to the betterment of our Jewish community and wants nothing more than that our partners, programs, and their beneficiaries thrive,” he said. 

At the local level, Kutnick serves as chair of Women’s Philanthropy at JEWISHcolorado and will do so through June 2022. This arm of Federations nationwide engages Jewish women in philanthropic work and hands-on community service to support women and children. She also has chaired the annual CHOICES event and is currently on the board of trustees at Denver Jewish Day School and the Jewish National Fund Mountain States Board. In 2017, JEWISHcolorado honored Kutnick with the Charlotte B. Tucker Young Leadership Award. Kutnick is also a business and management consultant and managing director of evenTESS, a software platform for the event planning industry. She holds a degree in finance, accounting, and international studies from Indiana University in Bloomington.