Board of Directors
Founded by a group of philanthropists in 1997, PEJE is governed by a Board of Directors. Through board meetings held several times a year, the Directors make decisions about PEJE policy and future initiatives, guided by the organization’s mission and by the insights of the PEJE staff.
Michael J. MufsonTreasurer
Diane TrodermanImmediate Past Chair
Lauren K. Merkin
Alvin T. Levitt
Bradford R. Klatt
Nancy HamburgerBoard Co-Chair
Dr. Charles “Chip” Edelsberg
Michael J. BohnenBoard Co-Chair
Michael J. Mufson, Boston, MA
Michael Mufson, CFA, co-founded Redwood Investments in 2004 and is responsible for day-to-day management of the firm. He serves as co-portfolio manager for the Large Cap and Small Cap equity investment strategies and has primary research coverage responsibilities for industrial, technology, telecom, and utility stocks. In addition, he directs the Redwood information technology effort including implementing the firm’s proprietary quantitative model. He is a member of the Boston Security Analysts Society and has 25 years of investment experience.
Before Redwood, Michael was a Managing Director at Putnam Investments and member of the Executive Committee. Among the products he managed at Putnam were the TH Lee Putnam Emerging Opportunities Portfolio, Putnam OTC & Emerging Growth Fund, Putnam Vista Fund, and Putnam Capital Appreciation Fund. His career started with Stein Roe & Farnham where he was a research analyst and portfolio manager for the Liberty Utility Fund, which was ranked #1 among utility funds during his tenure.
He serves on the Jimmy Fund Visiting Committee for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Board of Trustees for Combined Jewish Philanthropies, as a General Partner for the Mobile Bay Bears (AA Affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks) and volunteers with the Valeo Futbol Club (youth soccer). Previously, he was a Board Member, VP of Finance, and Committee Member for the Peerless Excellence Oversight for the Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Boston. In addition, he Co-Chair the CJP Day School Executive Committee.
Michael earned an MBA from Emory University and a BA from Vanderbilt University.
Diane Troderman, Longmeadow, MA
Diane Troderman is a longtime passionate national leader in the field of Jewish education. She previously served as chair of the Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education (PEJE), and she is former chairperson of the Jewish Education Service of North America (JESNA). She is an active partner with husband Harold Grinspoon in many philanthropic activities in their home region of western Massachusetts as well as nationally and internationally. The Harold Grinspoon Foundation, which Diane helped to found and direct, is creator of the nationally renowned PJ Library Program. Among many roles, Harold Grinspoon and Diane Troderman are members of the Board of Governors of Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life.
Pamela Rohr, New York, NY
Pamela Rohr presently serves as board chair of the Ramaz School, a position she has held for the past four years. Prior to that, she served as treasurer, and for many years as member of Ramaz’s executive committee. She is a director and executive vice president of the Rohr Family Foundation, which, in addition to its various foci on Jewish education, through its Hidden Sparks unit (www.hiddensparks.org) develops and implements programs for diverse learners in Jewish day schools. Pamela is also a member of the board of the Nash Family Foundation. A graduate of Brandeis University (’82) and of Ramaz (’78), she and her husband George have four children and live in New York City.
Yossi Prager, New York, NY
Yossi Prager is the Executive Director for North America of The AVI CHAI Foundation. AVI CHAI is a private foundation with the dual goal of encouraging Jews to become more deeply involved with Jewish learning and observance, and promoting mutual understanding and sensitivity among Jews of different religious backgrounds.
Yossi has been AVI CHAI’s North American director since 1994. Under his leadership, AVI CHAI has developed a wide variety of programs to benefit the Jewish day school and camping fields. Recently, AVI CHAI has focused on day school finance and affordability, day school leadership, online learning, and Jewish education at summer camps for children who do not attend day schools.
A graduate of Yeshiva College and Yale Law School, Yossi practiced law at Debevoise & Plimpton in Manhattan before joining AVI CHAI.
In addition to Yossi’s work at AVI CHAI, he has served in a lay capacity in other Jewish communal organizations including as vice president of his children’s day school. He is on the Steering Committee for the Orthodox Forum (chair of the 2008 Forum on Philanthropy) and has served as a dayan for the Beth Din of America.
Yossi writes and lectures on Judaism, Jewish education and philanthropy. He edited a book on Judaism and philanthropy entitled “Toward a Renewed Ethic of Jewish Philanthropy” and has been published in Tradition, Jewish Action, Philanthropy Magazine, The New York Jewish Week, and other publications.
Lauren K. Merkin, New York, NY
A graduate of Bryn Mawr College and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania’s MBA Program, Lauren K. Merkin worked for CBS and as Managing Editor of Elsevier Science Publishing Co. in the United States. In addition to her role as a Trustee of The AVI CHAI Foundation, she serves on the Boards of the Columbia/Barnard Hillel, the Fifth Avenue Synagogue, and American Friends of the Israel Museum. A day school graduate, she has four children and lives with her husband Ezra in New York City.
Alvin T. Levitt, San Francisco, CA
Al Levitt is a partner in the firm of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips. He has served as a director and officer of the San Francisco Estate Planning Council, a director and officer of the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco; of the Jewish Home for the Aged, and of Mount Zion Hospital. He also serves as a member of the executive committee of the State Bar of California Tax Section and as the chairman of the IRS/Western Region Bar Associate. He currently serves as the president and a director of the Jim Joseph Foundation and as director of the Swig Foundation, Contemporary Jewish Museum, PEJE, Yerba Buena Alliance, and Yerba Buena Arts and Events. Al is married to Rosanne Levitt, who is prominent locally and nationally in the development and implementation of outreach initiatives for Jewish interfaith couples and families. Al and Rosanne Levitt have three children and five grandchildren.
Bradford R. Klatt, Livingston, NJ
Brad Klatt co-founded Roseland Property Company, a full service real estate organization primarily involved in the development and construction of large scale multi-phase luxury high density residential properties throughout the Northeastern United States. With strong historical expertise in land use, construction and property management, as well as its portfolio of more than 10,000 units of multifamily properties, Roseland develops annually more than $500 million in luxury multi-family rental projects. In 2012, Roseland was sold to Mack-Cali Realty Corp. and Brad currently serves as co-president of Roseland, a subsidiary of Mack-Cali. Prior to founding Roseland, he was a senior officer of Goldman Sachs where he established its Principal Investment Department.
Brad spends considerable time on community activities including development of Hillel buildings (Boston University, Johns Hopkins University, University of Pennsylvania and Rutgers University), Development of Federation Senior Housing (Metro-West) and Day School education. Brad and his wife Robin served as partners in the Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education (PEJE) and Co-Founders of The Metro-West Day School Trust Fund. Brad received a B.A. from Skidmore College, and a J.D. from Albany Law School.
Nancy Hamburger, Potomac, MD
Nancy Hamburger has a law degree and is a full-time volunteer for a variety of organizations. She is a past president of the board of directors of the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School and has served the school in numerous roles. She is currently the president of the mid-atlantic region of the American Friends of the Hebrew University, is an associate member of the board of governors of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and has served on the Melton Centre International Advisory Board. Nancy has been an active member of the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, serving on the Lion of Judah Cabinet, the Israel and Overseas Executive Committee. She was also the chairperson of the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington’s “Partnership 2000” Committee. She and her husband Paul are the parents of Ben, Josh, and Emily, all graduates of the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School in Rockville, Maryland.
Dr. Charles “Chip” Edelsberg, San Francisco, CA
Michael J. Bohnen, Needham, MA
Michael Bohnen has served as President of the Adelson Family Foundation since the Foundation was formed in January, 2007. Prior to that, he was a partner at the Boston law firm of Nutter, McClennen & Fish, where he is now Of Counsel. Michael was listed in Best Lawyers in America, Massachusetts Super Lawyers and Chambers USA. He is the co-author of Massachusetts Corporate Forms. Currently PEJE’s Board Chair, and past Treasurer, Michael has also served as Chair of Boston’s Jewish Federation (CJP), its Community Relations Council, the Solomon Schechter Day School and was Founding Chair of Gann Academy (formerly The New Jewish High School). He also served as national Chair of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs. He is a member of the executive committees of the Jewish Federations of North America and the Jewish Funders Network, and was previously co-chair of CJP’s annual campaign. Michael is a graduate of Providence Hebrew Day School, Harvard College and Harvard Law School. He lives in Newton, MA with his wife Joyce. They have two daughters (both day school grads) and four grandchildren (all in day school).