Lena Noa Kushnir is a passionate facilitator of inclusive Jewish experiences. She is currently a Planning Executive in the Jewish Life Department at UJA-Federation of NY. Now a latte-sipping New Yorker, Lena is originally from Ukraine, where she worked in development with the Jewish Agency for Israel and co-founded a thriving Moishe House in Kyiv. After completing a one-year fellowship in Israel with JDC Entwine working to empower young Israeli immigrants in Jerusalem and Lod, Lena pursued her Masters in Public Administration at CUNY Baruch College, where she completed a thesis exploring the dynamics of philanthropy and volunteerism among Russian-speaking Jewish Americans. Lena received her MPA in Non-Profit Management in February 2018, and studied History as an undergraduate in Ukraine. She also completed a full-year progam at the Paideia Institute for Jewish Studies in Sweden. Before her position with UJA, Lena had part-time roles on RSJ engagement with the Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan and with the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene. Lena is fluent in English, Russian, and Ukrainian, and proficient in Hebrew. She lives in Williamsburg, Brooklyn with her husband and 3 year old daughter.