Join President Rabbi Elka Abrahamson and Educational Coordinator Tonda Case along with panelists and Wexner Heritage Program (WHP) Alumni Andria Danine Clay (St. Louis 15), Ginna Green (East Bay 10), and Joan Laguatan (San Francisco 18) for a conversation on the launch of a first-ever Jews of Color Cohort within the Wexner Heritage Program. The Wexner Foundation, in partnership with UJA-Federation of New York, aspires to advance the leadership skills and Jewish learning of 20 volunteer leaders in the New York area.

Our panelists will discuss their experiences in the WHP and we’ll review specifics of this new initiative, along with application and nomination information. The Wexner Foundation is committed to embracing Jewish diversity, one of our core values, in all of our leadership initiatives, and we are eager to welcome a cohort designed by and for Jews of Color.


WHP Alum Andria Danine Clay (St. Louis 15)
Currently serving as Chief Operating Officer, Diverse Workforce Consultants, Andria Clay is a Healthcare Management Executive with well-developed skills in audit regulatory compliance, business and organizational development, human resources, strategic analysis and planning, contract negotiations, review, and drafting, budgets, finance, customer relations, and HIPAA, CLIA, and Privacy regulations. Andria is a campaign strategist proficient in contract negotiations, strategy and training, branding and marketing, government relations and political affairs, recruiting, training, supervising, and retaining diverse, visionary managerial and support staff. Andria is a labor and employee relations expert with a collaborative strategic approach who provides excellent interpersonal and communication skills and specializes in the National Labor Relations Act and employee communication. Dynamic and detailed, results oriented team leader who effectively communicates issues and positions ideals with credibility and integrity.

WHP Alum Ginna Green (East Bay 10)
Ginna Green is a strategist, writer, movement-builder, consultant, and Partner and Chief Strategy Officer at Uprise. At Uprise, Ginna leads the practice on diversity + equity + inclusion and philanthropic advising within the Jewish community, and is a principal strategist. Previously, she worked as Chief Strategy Officer at Bend the Arc: Jewish Action where she managed the communications, advocacy, electoral, rapid response and racial equity teams. Ginna was also Managing Director of the Democracy Program at ReThink Media, and spent several years at the Center for Responsible Lending. She is a frequent speaker and writer on democracy, race, racism in the Jewish community, Jewish community diversity, and leadership, and has been published in the Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, and Salon, and heard on NPR, KCRW, KQED, and CNN, and also as co-host of A Bintel Brief, The Forward's signature podcast. Ginna is a Fellow at the Kogod Research Center of the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America, and sits on the boards of Bend the Arc, Women's March Win PAC (where she serves as President), Political Research Associates, the Jews of Color Initiative, the Jewish Social Justice Roundtable, and Jewish Story Partners.

WHP Alum Joan Laguatan (San Francisco 18)

Born in the Philippines and brought to the U.S. as a baby, Joan grew up in San Francisco with her three brothers and was raised in a Catholic household by an immigration attorney/political-activist father and oncology nurse mother. Joan converted to Judaism in early adulthood and later met her husband while attending the “Club Fed” young adult division program at the SF Jewish Federation. Since becoming a licensed real estate broker in 2004, she has represented a broad range of clients including individuals, families, companies, lenders, non-profit institutions, real estate developers, and investors. She sits on the boards of Sinai Memorial and SF senior affordable housing development Menorah Park. Joan’s extensive volunteer work in the Jewish Community includes having closed numerous real estate transactions and provided broker services to Jewish businesses and non-profits. She is an active member of AIPAC and the SF Hebrew Free Loan Business Circle. She has been studying Hebrew and just completed the 2021 Ulpan Hebrew language immersion summer program through the University of San Francisco. Joan is also a vegan, an animal welfare advocate, and lives in the Richmond District with her husband, two children, and dog named Tov.

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