JCC names Elyse Cohn chief development officer

WHITEFISH BAY – The Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center announced that Elyse Cohn will been named its chief development officer. Cohn, who has been with the JCC as grants manager for the past two years, will assume her new role on Sept. 4.

“In her two years as part-time grants manager, Cohn has led a sea change in the JCC’s approach to proactive grant writing – and receiving – and has built strong partnerships across all of our service areas. In the full time leadership role as our CDO, Elyse will build upon the success of our team, leading us to greater heights and the high-impact, highly accountable philanthropy our community expects,” said JCC president and chief executive officer Mark Shapiro.

Prior to joining the JCC,  Cohn served as director of development and marketing for Danceworks, director of corporate and foundation giving for the Milwaukee Repertory Theater, and director of marketing and public relations for First Stage.

Harriet Rothman, who has served the JCC in various capacities over her decades-long career, will move into a newly created, part-time position as the JCC’s major gifts manager.  In this role, she will represent the JCC to new and existing donors, building upon her exceptionally strong and lasting relationships throughout the community, according to a news release.

“This reflects Harriet’s deep commitment to our agency and mission, where she’ll continue to grow our impact, awareness, and funding opportunities,” added Shapiro. “Harriet has served the JCC in too many ways to count, in too many departments to number, and we are blessed that she will continue to help us deliver exceptional programs and unique Jewish experiences for our community.”