Amy Tananbaum is the founder of Teen JUST-US Boston. As a teen, she was involved in Jewish social action and youth development and she has taken the excitement and commitment from that experience to her work in corporations and not-for-profit organizations. She is the founder and principal of Results By Design®, LLC where she has spent her career building and developing leadership capabilities in organizations of all sizes.
Amy has an undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania, a Master’s degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and an MBA from Boston University.
Barry comes to the board of Teen JUST-US having worked for many years with teens in a variety of educational settings. A former woodshop teacher and administrator in non-traditional high schools, Barry holds a BA from Bowdoin College and an M.Ed from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. For the past 11 years, Barry has been the director of TELEM: Jewish Youth Making a Difference Together, a youth service-learning program of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Boston. A past president and board member of Temple Shir Tikvah in Winchester, Barry draws inspiration from Judaism’s deep tradition of working for social justice for all and is guided by these words from Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel: “A Jew is asked to take a leap of action rather than a leap of faith.”
Karen joins the Teen JUST-US board after having worked for many years as a product and business development executive for a global health tech company. She was responsible for a large team of product managers, engineers, and other technical team members to deliver their product roadmap with the mission of making people healthier through incentives. She has also volunteered with Jewish Big Brothers and Sisters and Jewish Family and Children’s Service. Karen brings her organizational skills, results, and action-oriented work ethic to Teen JUST-US. Originally from Johannesburg, South Africa, she now lives in Newton with her husband and two teenagers. She feels strongly that Jewish youth should be part of and have a sense of community. This enables them to pass on the wonderful Jewish traditions and customs that have existed for centuries, including chesed (mercy) and tikkun olam (repairing the world).
Lori Lander is an artist, community volunteer and retired attorney. Active in a number of community organizations, she co-founded ManyHelpingHands365, a civic engagement nonprofit that organizes a Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service involving 2,500-3,000 volunteers young and old, rich and poor, launched a faith-and-community driven annual gun buy-back program and created a volunteering website for Cambridge. Since 2010, Lori has hosted monthly breakfast gatherings of 50-70+ people to discuss issues as varied as Race, Youth and Education; Affordable Housing; Climate Change – Taking Action Locally and Arts and Social Change. She is also a member of the Cambridge Arts Council Advisory Committee.
Jon joins the Teen JUST-US board with more than 20 years of experience in planning, developing, and securing grants and proposals at the state and federal levels. He is an executive in the aerospace and defense industry, leading a team of project managers and coordinators focused on team-based sales
pursuits. A resident of Westford, MA with his wife and three children, he edits the weekly newsletter for the local Chabad center and serves as webmaster for the town’s arts center. He has volunteered for the Yiddish Book Center, town committees, and other organizations. As a former instructor in English literature and linguistics, he remains fascinated by the words and languages of Judaism, and their potential to create tikkun olam, repair of the world.
Jordan Berg Powers
Jordan Berg Powers (He/Him) is the Executive Director at Mass Alliance. In his over a decade there, he has helped elect new progressive leaders across the state, recruited progressive champions to run, and trained hundreds of grassroots organizers.
In 2015 Jordan was recognized for his exceptional work in politics as an inaugural inductee into the 40 under 40 Poly Award. He conducts trainings across the state on understanding government, advocating for your issues, grassroots campaigning, messaging and political power.
In his free time, Jordan serves on the board of JOIN for Justice, MassBudget, Jewish Liberation Fund Jewish Alliance for Law and Social Action (JALSA), Jewish Community Relations Council, Committee on Social Action for the RAC and Partners in Democracy. In 2018 Jordan was lucky enough to be a part of the JewV’Nation Fellowship. The JewV’Nation Fellowship is a leadership development program for visionary Jewish leaders across North America.
Jordan’s career in politics began when, as a 13-year-old, he was hired to knock on doors for a congressional campaign. Since then, he has worked on several congressional races, on Capitol Hill, and for a national polling firm.
Jordan holds a master’s degree in international politics from the London School of Oriental and African Studies and two bachelor’s degrees, one in international development and one in economics, both from American University.