Melissa Fuhrman recently joined the Schusterman Atlanta office as a Fellow. Read her bio and get to know her below!
1. Tell us what excites you most about your new position with the Foundation.
I am super excited to be part of a team that has the potential to change the lives of so many individuals—whether turning people on to Israel for the first time or creating a meaningful Shabbat dinner experience, it is so rewarding to engage people with the Foundation’s values and jumpstart their Jewish identity and connection to Israel.
2. What key lessons from your past experience do you plan to apply to your new role?
In my past experiences, I have learned to be a good listener and to absorb as much as possible from people I’ve worked with. I’ve learned past colleagues’ strengths, weaknesses and how they work best. In my new role at the Foundation, I am eager to listen to and learn from all that my current colleagues have to offer.
3. What is the best piece of personal or professional advice you have ever received?
I have received a lot of great advice throughout past internships and jobs. The best piece of advice I’ve received, however, is to stay humble. When working at such an awesome foundation that is doing great work, this has really stuck with me!
4. Where can you be found on a day off?
On a day off, I can be found at Soulcycle (spinning), brunch, or exploring one of Atlanta’s many cool neighborhoods.
5. Atlanta is a big town with a big reputation. Tell us, where do you go to get away from it all?
It is a big town and I actually love to get away from it all on the weekends. I love traveling and exploring new cities. I usually like to switch it up—most recently I’ve escaped Atlanta to Asheville, NC; Washington, DC and Tybee Island (the beach!).