Professional Spotlight: Shira Hahn & Yael Sherman, Major Gifts
For Shira Hahn and Yael Sherman, who have recently joined our Philanthropy Team as Major Gift Officers, stewarding our donors and supporting campaign volunteers is an act of commitment and community building. Both are here because they enjoy and value personal relationships. Both are here because they feel like stakeholders in Jewish Atlanta. And as parents of young children, both women have discovered a new dimension of Jewish life by getting involved PJ Baby, family programming, Jewish day camps, and more.
“Working at Federation has opened my eyes to the riches of this Jewish community. After years of fundraising in non-Jewish settings, this feels like coming home,” Yael says. Hahn is delighted to have the opportunity to share her millennial experience with long-term donors who are investing in the future of our Jewish community.
Yael Sherman grew up in the small Jewish community of Davis, CA, which had just one synagogue. Her career path has included some serious time in academia earning a Ph.D. and teaching women’s studies, followed by years of growing responsibilities in nonprofit donor development at Jerusalem House and United Way of Greater Atlanta, where she managed the Ivan Allen Circle for $25K+ donors. Atlanta offered a depth of Jewish life she had never known before. “My two kids have loved PJ Library books and activities, and my older child has had three amazing summers at In The City Camp,” she says.
“Hahn is delighted to have the opportunity to share her millennial experience with long-term donors who are investing in the future of our Jewish community.”
Shira Hahn, who hails from Raleigh, NC targeted larger Jewish communities as her ideal workplace from the moment she graduated college. She started out at Boston’s Federation, Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP) in the Young Leadership Division, and then moved to Atlanta and joined Hillel as the Director at Georgia Tech, Georgia State University and Kennesaw State. With her background in young adult philanthropy and engagement, she stepped up to re-build Federation’s Under 40 Division, establishing YA philanthropy and LEADS. Seeing an opportunity to meet the needs of more young adults, Shira successfully launched OneTable in Atlanta, a national Friday night Shabbat dinner organization. Back again at Federation, she is happily stewarding conversations and building relationships that will strengthen Atlanta’s Jewish continuity.