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Michael Balaban

President & CEO

Michael brings more than 30 years of experience in nonprofit management to his role as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia. Michael previously served as the President and CEO of the Jewish Federation of Broward County, Chief Development Officer for the Atlanta Jewish Federation, and before that, as Director of Development for Penn Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Michael believes that the Jewish Federation should both enchant and captivate members of the community when they are looking to access the richness and diversity of the Jewish experience. Contact Michael at ceo@jewishphilly.org. Read more about Michael here.

NIKKI DICARO

Senior Chief, Finance & Operations

Nikki DiCaro leads the Jewish Federation’s finance, treasury accounting, information technology and systems and database structuring and integrity. Previously, Nikki was Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administrative Officer at the Please Touch Museum. She has worked for the American Friends Service Committee, Treatment Research Institute, The University of Pennsylvania and was a general partner and managing director in several late state venture capital funds that invested in over sixty transactions. She is a published author of eighteen novels. Contact Nikki at ndicaro@jewishphilly.org

Jeffrey Lasday

Senior Chief of External Affairs

Jeffrey Lasday leads the Jewish Federation’s strategic planning and policy execution, ensuring that strategic goals are met and organizational initiatives are implemented in effective and efficient ways. Bringing more than 30 years of Jewish communal leadership experience, Jeffrey most recently served as the Chief Operating Officer of the Jewish Community Center of Metropolitan Detroit. Prior to his role at the JCC, Jeffrey worked as the Director of the Alliance for Jewish Education and Senior Director for Community Development at the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit. Jeffrey’s professional journey and accomplishments include serving as National Executive Director for the Coalition for the Advancement of Jewish Education (CAJE), Executive Vice President of St. Louis’ Central Agency for Jewish Education and Founding Director of the Columbus Commission on Jewish Education. 
Contact Jeffrey at jlasday@jewishphilly.org

DR. Kelly Romirowsky

Chief Strategy & Impact Officer

Dr. Kelly Romirowsky leads the Jewish Federation’s efforts on strategic thinking, planning, and measurable results with a goal of ensuring that community grant-making and resource development are driven by a solutions-oriented mindset. Kelly oversees ongoing research plans, the grant-making process, and bringing community partners together to address community issues on a larger scale. Over the years, Kelly has been the driving force behind many important initiatives at the Jewish Federation, having established the first evaluation and research department across the Federation system in 2006. She also oversaw the 2019 Jewish Community Portrait population study of Greater Philadelphia and fostered a data-driven approach to strategy across the organization. She holds a doctorate in clinical psychology with a specialization in organizational and leadership development, school psychology, and health psychology. Before coming to the Jewish Federation, Kelly worked as a lead consultant at the Center for Leadership and Organizational Development and of course, as a mental health clinician with a wide range of populations. Contact Kelly at kromirowsky@jewishphilly.org.