Lani is a native New Yorker and proud Brooklynite. Born and raised in Queens, she has lived in Brooklyn for over 10 years and currently lives in Kensington with her husband, Nathan, and three-year-old son, Ronen. Lani graduated from Barnard College and holds an M.P.A. from NYU’s Wagner School. Prior to joining Footsteps, where she has been executive director since 2010, Lani was as a senior program officer at American Jewish World Service (AJWS) as well as an active alumna and board member of Avodah. She was named to the Jewish Week’s “36 Under 36” in 2015 and currently sits on the UpStart Advisory Council. Footsteps supports and affirms individuals and families who chose to leave ultra-Orthodox communities in their quest to lead self-determined lives. Footsteps, which has served nearly 1,500 people since its founding in 2003, is the only organization in the U.S. to provide peer and professional resources to this growing community. Through its broad array of programs, critical supports, and access to essential resources, Footsteps creates a vibrant community that celebrates the triumphs and advocates for the concerns of our members. Footsteps is a recognized thought leader, having reached the pages of the New York Times and the screen of Netflix, with the award-winning documentary, One of Us. Footsteps brings our unique understanding of those leaving the Haredi world and serves as a cultural translator between the growing movement of former ultra-Orthodox Jews and the wider Jewish community.