Abby Saloma—Program Officer
Abby is a program officer in the Foundation’s national office, responsible for developing and implementing initiatives to engage, train and support young leaders as they explore who they are as leaders, the values that guide them and the change they want to make in the world. Working in partnership with organizations such as Teach For America and Teach For All, Abby manages a suite of values-based leadership development experiences for hundreds of young change agents from around world.
Abby brings to the Foundation a breadth and depth of experience from the for-profit, non-profit, Jewish and secular sectors. Abby was the Senior Director of Marketing and Communications for BBYO, the world’s leading pluralistic Jewish teen movement, aspiring to involve more Jewish teens in more meaningful Jewish experiences. During Abby’s five-year tenure with BBYO, she led an effort to re-brand the 85-year-old organization, making it relevant to today’s teens and resulting in a near doubling of teen involvement.
Following BBYO, Abby assumed the Executive Director role at Street Sense, a DC-based non-profit organization which works to empower the homeless through a newspaper that educates the public about issues of homelessness and poverty.
Abby holds a bachelor’s degree from The Pennsylvania State University and a master’s degree in Media and Public Affairs from The George Washington University. Abby’s husband, Taisto, is a high school teacher and coach. In her free time, Abby enjoys teaching and practicing yoga, reading and traveling.