JFNA Names Carolyn Gitlin as National Women’s Philanthropy Chair Designate

WEST HARTFORD, CONN. (February 25, 2021) – Jewish Federation of North America’s National Women’s Philanthropy Division has named Carolyn Gitlin of West Hartford, Conn., as its chair designate. Gitlin was nominated and selected after a rigorous and competitive application process.

Known for her warm, engaging, and energetic leadership, Gitlin brings extensive experience to her new position. At the national level, Gitlin currently serves on the JFNA’s Board of Trustees as an Executive Committee member and co-chairs its Large Intermediate Federation Committee. She joined JFNA’s National Women’s Philanthropy Board in 2017 and is its vice chair of education and leadership development.

Locally, in addition to chairing the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford’s Board of Directors, she currently serves on the board of the Max Cares Foundation. Previously, she served on Kingswood Oxford School’s board of trustees and as past president of its Parent Association; as a member and officer of the Tumble Brook Country Club board of directors; and on the board of the Aurora Foundation for Women and Girls.

“Carolyn will — especially during these challenging times — lead National Women’s Philanthropy with wisdom, enthusiasm, and strategic focus, “said David Waren, Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford’s president and chief executive officer. “She is certain to take the division to new heights.”

National Women’s Philanthropy engages thousands of Jewish women across the United States each year and raises over $200 million for Federation campaigns annually. Through donations and hands-on community service, its members fight domestic violence, improve women’s health and nutrition, provide shelter to vulnerable children, and protect at-risk seniors – in addition to providing vital support for COVID-19 relief.

Gitlin will officially start her position as National Women’s Philanthropy Chair in June 2021, and her term will conclude in June 2023. “I’m deeply humbled and excited to assume this new role,” she said. “Enriching the lives of women both locally and globally is so important to me. I very much look forward to leading the National Women’s Philanthropy Board over the next two years.”

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