Laura Baum is Head of School at Rockwern Academy in Cincinnati. Prior to that, she served as the Associate Vice President of Learning and Engagement at Combined Jewish Philanthropies, Boston's Jewish Federation. There she oversaw the largest division of the planning department and engaged in strategic grant-making and community partnerships. She is a connector and innovator who has built her rabbinate outside the box. From 2008-2015, serving as one of the rabbis of Congregation Beth Adam, an independent congregation in Cincinnati, OH, and of OurJewishCommunity.org online, Laura reached hundreds of thousands of Jews. An expert on the changing needs of the Jewish community, Laura created an innovative model for engaging those seeking a new way to connect to Judaism. In 2010, Laura was named by the Forward as one of the ‘50 most influential female rabbis in America.’ She is a VP of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, a Wexner Field Fellow, and a Rabbis Without Borders Fellow (CLAL). Her writing and work have been featured on CNN, the Jerusalem Post, NPR and The New York Times. She graduated from Yale University, was ordained by Hebrew Union College and will receive an M.B.A. from Xavier University. She is deeply committed to a Judaism that is dynamic and evolving with people’s needs.