Hillary has been the executive director of the National Council of Jewish Women/ Los Angeles since 2004. Hillary’s leadership has created a vibrant organization that meets the needs of women, children and families throughout Los Angeles. She has provided the vision to expand the organization over the past 11 years, including doubling the number of individuals served to more than 12,000, quadrupling the number of event attendees through increased programming, and increasing the budget from $4 million to $10 million.
Hillary’s commitment to social justice began as she marched for the rights of Soviet Jewish refuseniks in the 1970s. Making a difference in the life of children and families has always been her passion. She has lobbied in Sacramento and Washington on issues that affect those in-need. She created the West Hollywood Job Fair and Health Fair in the early 2000s, and opened up NCJW/LA to host the first Transgender Job Fair and Wellness Fair.
Hillary has received several awards including the Jewish Communal Professionals of Southern California’s Bobbi Asimov Award for Professional Mentorship, the City of West Hollywood’s Chamber of Commerce Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Women in Leadership Award. Hillary has worked on public service announcements for early detection for breast cancer.
Hillary has been CEO of the West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, senior assistant executive director of Jewish Community Centers/ Los Angeles, and Young Judaea regional director. She has been an instructor in the MBA-Non-Profit Management School at American Jewish University and guest lecturer at Hebrew Union College- School of Jewish Nonprofit Management. She holds an MBA in non-profit management from American Jewish University and a BA in the teaching of history from University of Illinois.
Hillary is a member of Congregation Kol Ami. She is married to Bonnie Anderson, the program coordinator for Casting for Recovery – Southern California.
Chief Financial Officer
Sofiya has more than 25 years of experience in accounting, 16 of which have been with NCJW/LA. Over the course of her career, Sofiya has worked closely with dozens of clients in a variety of industries including non-profits, consumer products, retail, financial services, industrial manufacturing, utilities, and health care.
As CFO, Sofiya has overall responsibility for managing all accounting functions, internal controls, treasury and banking, financial reporting, tax compliance, strategic budgeting, and audit. She also oversees the company benefits package, pension plan and insurances. Sofiya’s education includes a BS with honors in accounting and economics and a master’s from Ukraine State University of Math and Science.
Director of Development and Outreach
Carrie is a Los Angeles native who grew up in the non-profit world. She worked with the Bureau of Jewish Education as a teacher, camp counselor and leader during her high school and college years. Since receiving her BA in sociology from California State University, Northridge and MBA in non-profit business management from the University of Judaism, Carrie has enjoyed a 27-year career in the Los Angeles community.
Carrie’s first jobs with Jewish Community Centers Association involved producing special events. She later became the site director for the Hollywood Los Feliz JCC and then worked at the Zimmer Children’s Museum as the development associate for 16 years.
Carrie joined National Council of Jewish Women/Los Angeles in November 2012. She enjoys promoting the programs and services the agency offers to women, children and families and is thrilled to be part of a dynamic team. Carrie recently became an empty-nester and lives happily in Los Angeles with her husband of 27 years and their dogs.
Director of Community Mental Health and Supportive Services
Rachel graduated from Harvard University and moved to Los Angeles in the early 1990s to work at the politically progressive Hollywood Women’s Political Committee. Passionate about social and economic justice, she became involved with gang intervention programs and served as the program officer for the Streisand Foundation before obtaining her master’s in social work from USC. Since graduating, Rachel she has worked as a psychotherapist and as a trainer, manager and consultant for community mental health, non-profit, and health care agencies.
Rachel is a long-time practitioner of meditation and has extensive experience teaching mindfulness, yoga and self-compassion. Before joining NCJW/LA she spent 10 years at Kaiser Permanente as a behavioral health specialist where she developed programs and provided training for staff and members in mindfulness, mind-body medicine, yoga and the management of stress and depression. She is certified by the UMass Center for Mindfulness as a mindfulness-based stress reduction teacher and is a certified yoga teacher.
Rachel believes deeply in the power of kindness.
Director of Youth Educational Programs and Services
Rachel joined NCJW/LA in May 2013 as the director of art and literacy programs for youth. Rachel manages our seven school and shelter and community-based programs at 19 sites across Los Angeles. Under Rachel’s guidance, more than 100 volunteers bring art and literacy programming to 2,500 students annually.
A Los Angeles native, Rachel has worked in the field of education since graduating from the University of California, San Diego in 2003. She has focused her work on closing gaps in our education systems at the collegiate and the K-12 levels. Rachel believes that all children are entitled to a comprehensive education that exposes them to learning about the world today while preparing them to lead fulfilling lives.
Director of Legislative and Community Engagement
Maya is responsible for NCJW/LA’s legislative advocacy and community engagement. She has launched working groups on reproductive justice, human trafficking, gender-related violence, gun violence prevention, healthcare, economic justice, and children’s rights. Maya also launched NCJW/LA’s Advocacy Training Project, which trains participants to be effective at advocacy, and the Human Trafficking Outreach Project, which helps implement an important California state law.
Maya has run college and career preparation programs for teenage girls in the inner-city of Los Angeles, worked on empowerment programs for sex workers in Guatemala, and researched anti-human trafficking and domestic violence legislation in Tbilisi, Georgia. In 2011, Maya researched and published reports on the challenges faced by Africans facing asylum- in Israel and subsequently founded Right Now: Advocates for African Asylum Seekers in Israel.
Maya earned her bachelor’s degree in political science from UC Berkeley and her master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University. She loves traveling, karaoke, and watching old musicals.
Robert “Bob” Klausner
Director of Retail Operations (Council Thrift Shops)
Bob is the director of retail operations for Council Thrift Shops. He has worked with major retailers including Lerner Shops and TJ Maxx and was part-owner of Clothestime. He joined NCJW/LA In 2004 after a 40 year career in the retail clothing business. Under his leadership, Council Thrift Shops has tripled in size, revamped its stores and developed a cult following among Los Angeles’ thrift store lovers.
Bob lives in the Porter Ranch area of the Valley with his wife Merryll and has seven grandchildren.
Office and Facilities Manager
Crystal is a native of Inglewood, California. She attended Inglewood High School where she graduated with honors and received certificates in the leadership program. Crystal began her career with the Los Angeles County Registrar Recorder Office as a clerk for the polls and officers sections. She worked there for eight years and developed a desire to get more involved in politics and nonprofit organizations.
Crystal then joined NCJW/LA as a part-time evening receptionist, where her experience and personality earned her promotion to office and facilities manager.
Crystal is a single mom who enjoys traveling and raising her special needs son, DJ.