Karyn Gershon, member of the board, is the Executive Director of Project Kesher, a Jewish not-for-profit that works to build Jewish community, promote gender equality and advance civil society in Belarus, Russia, Ukraine and Russian-speaking communities in Israel by developing and empowering women leaders. An expert on the intersection of Judaism, feminism, and activism, she has raised in excess of $25 million to develop Jewish women’s leadership and designed and led programs on such issues as the link between faith and activism, domestic violence and human trafficking. Before transitioning to the not-for-profit world, Gershon was a litigator with Katten Muchin & Zavis, and in 2004, was named one of the Jewish Chicagoans of the Year by The Chicago Jewish News. She is a graduate of Cornell University and Northwestern University School of Law. Born and raised in Brooklyn, Gershon is also a graduate of the now defunct South Shore H.S.