Ruthie Rotenberg is a Gladwell connector. Her professional experience in finance, Jewish education and the nonprofit sector; degrees in art history, special education and nonprofit management; and time spent living in New York, Los Angeles, Washington, DC, Minsk, Jerusalem, and London, have given Ruthie a diverse skill-set and network. Currently she is working as a consultant to several NGOs and philanthropic foundations. Previously, she was a full-time consultant to The Pillar Foundation, a philanthropic collaboration created by four Jewish European foundations to address the increased security needs of Jewish institutions in Europe.
From 2011-2016 she was the director of peer networks and special projects at the Jewish Funders Network (JFN) where she was a network weaver for funders in the disability field, Jewish education, program related investments, giving collaboratives, and Haredi employment in Israel. Ruthie is the creator of the JFN Greenbooks (guides for funders) and oversaw the production of Greenbooks on five funding sectors: Jewish day school financial sustainability, Hitchadshut Yehudit/Jewish renewal in Israel, environmental stewardship in Israel, Jewish overnight camp, and (soon to be released) Jewish educational technology.
From 2010-2011, Ruthie was a Jerusalem Fellow at the Mandel Leadership Institute (MLI), where she completed a project related to American Jewish philanthropists. Prior to the fellowship, Ruthie lived in LA and was the Executive Director of LimmudLA. She has also held positions at Hillel and YUSSR.
Ruthie holds graduate degrees from Columbia University, London School of Economics and Hunter College and an undergraduate degree from Yeshiva University. Aside from being an avid runner and reader, Ruthie loves discovering quirky cafes around the world. Some of her favorites can be found in Florence, Vienna, Nvei Tzedek and Santa Monica.