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Mimi Kravetz

Mimi Kravetz is Hillel International’s inaugural Chief Talent Officer. In this role, Mimi is responsible for creating and executing on a new strategy for Hillel and the Jewish nonprofit sector – to deeply invest in their most important asset –professionals.  The Talent Pillar at Hillel is responsible for finding, growing, and keeping talented Hillel professionals throughout the movement, and over the last two years has included launching new programs to build young professional talent pipeline (Springboard Fellowship), ensuring every Hillel professional has the training they need to be successful (Hillel U), providing grants for new hires and retention bonuses (Hillel Talent Grants), and implementing a range of Human Resource best practices and online tools.

Mimi came to this role after 7 years as a Google Executive in the Marketing and People Operations.  From this work, she brings a passion for building great workplaces, empowering employees, creating products and projects from deep user insights, and driving innovation.  While at Google, Mimi worked in Google.org where she spearheaded passion projects including educating nonprofits on Google tools through Google for Nonprofits, partnering with the The Israel Museum to make the Dead Sea Scrolls accessible online, and with Yad Vashem to bring their photo collections to the web.  

Mimi began her career as a Jewish nonprofit professional at Stanford Hillel and, after over a decade in the business world at American Express and Google, rejoined Hillel in 2015.  Mimi has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA from Tufts University, graduating Summa Cum Laude with majors in International Relations and Judaic Studies. Mimi resides in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and their two young children, Alec and Chloe, who attend the local Jewish Day School.


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Gali Cooks

Gali Cooks is the Founding Executive Director of Leading Edge, an organization formed in 2014 by foundations and federations to influence, inspire and enable dramatic change in attracting, developing and retaining top talent for Jewish organizations. Gali’s professional experience spans the public, private and nonprofit sectors. 

 Her career began as a speechwriter at the Embassy of Israel and a Legislative Assistant at AIPAC. She then joined the Harold Grinspoon Foundation as Founding Director of the PJ Library. From 2007-2013, Gali was Executive Director of the Rita & Stanley Kaplan Family Foundation. In the private sector, Gali was VP of Operations at an education technology startup. Most recently, Gali was Director of Business Operations in the Youth Division of URJ.

 Gali serves on the Board of Keshet, and holds a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an M.B.A. from the NYU Stern School of Business. In 2016, she was named one of the Forward 50, an annual list of the top 50 Jews influencing American life, for her efforts to build the next generation of leaders.


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Adam Minksy

Adam Minsky is the President and CEO of UJA Federation of Greater Toronto. He is a 46-year-old leader who is a product of the Canadian Jewish Federation movement.

Adam’s leadership extends well past Toronto’s borders, as he played an integral role in the founding of many important national initiatives including the creation of the Canada Israel Experience and its Birthright Israel programs.

For more than a decade, Adam has dedicated himself to strengthening the strategic impact of UJA Federation through its network of local, national and international agencies. Most recently, Adam led the development of UJA Federation’s Strategic Plan, which outlines an exciting vision for the future of UJA Federation.

In 2013, Adam was honoured to receive the Gordon Wolfe Award for Professional Leadership in recognition of his ability to lead with vision, integrity, Jewish values and humility.

Adam is married to Heidi Brown, a Toronto lawyer, and they have three children.


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andrew levy

Andrew Levy is a passionate, inspirational, team-oriented and versatile leader focused on inspiring Jewish journeys and maximizing social return for Jewish communal organizations. He has worn many hats throughout his career: programmer, marketer, manager, fundraiser, coach, trainer, community builder and strategist. Levy entered the JCC Movement 17 years ago as a camp director, a role that has shaped his thinking around Jewish identity-building and engagement. Today he navigates an evolving landscape in an emerging community as the executive director of the Schwartz/Reisman Centre and Prosserman JCC in Toronto, with the goal to inspire people to live the Jewish life they want to live.


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Skip Vichness

“Skip,” is a senior partner in the management company, Quality Camping Properties, Inc. and President of GreyPine, LLC. He oversees camping operations on both owned and rented sites, day and resident camps, throughout the northeastern United States. In this role, he is one of the largest private camp operators in the United States.
Currently he serves as Vice-Chair of the Hillel International Board of Directors and is a member of its Board of Governors. In 2016 he chaired a board task force on Israel Education policy. Currently he chairs Hillel International’s Task Force on Public Statements.

In the Jewish world Skip has been active in the areas of day school education and summer camp. He is a past president of the Solomon Schechter Day School of Essex and Union Counties (Golda Och Academy), and for five years served as the chair of the National Ramah Commission – the camping arm of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America.

He is a past chair of the Foundation for Jewish Camp. During his term of office the FJC raised over one hundred million dollars to support Jewish Camping in North America. In recognition of his accomplishments as chair, the Foundation created the Vichness Conference Center as the focal point of its New York Office.

He is the holder or a Ph.D. in European History from Florida State University and in 2004 was awarded the Distinguished Medal of the Institute for Napoleon and the French Revolution. In 2011 Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion honored him with its American Jewish Distinguished Service Award.