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Hadassah Foundation Announces New Leadership

Five New Women Named to Board

March 13, 2014

Jessica Rosenberg
212-303-8140, jrosenberg@hadassah.org

NEW YORK — The Hadassah Foundation is excited to announce five new board members, hailing from California, New York and Wisconsin. The Hadassah Foundation is dedicated to refocusing the priorities of the Jewish community through innovative and creative funding for women and girls in the United States and Israel. Its mission is to augment the work of Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America, by improving the status, health and well-being of women and girls; bring their contributions, issues and needs from the margins to the center of Jewish concern; and encourage and facilitate their active participation in decision-making and leadership in all spheres of life.

Board Chair Donna Gerson said, "As the Foundation continues to evolve, we are thrilled to welcome five new members. Each woman brings a unique set of skills and talents to further our mission."

The Foundation is a philanthropic pioneer in the fields of improving economic security for low-income Israeli women and developing leadership and self-esteem programs for adolescent Jewish girls and young women in the United States. Since 2000, the Hadassah Foundation has awarded approximately $6.1 million in grants to more than 70 nonprofit organizations.

The biographies of the new board members can be found below.

Madelyn Bucksbaum Adamson of New York, NY serves on the Board and Grants' Committee of the Jewish Women's Foundation of New York; on the Board of Moving Traditions; and is a member of the Teen Engagement Task Force at UJA-Federation of New York. She has more than 20 years of experience in the field of investment management marketing, and is a member of the investment committee for a family office. Bucksbaum Adamson has a B.A. from Stanford University and an M.B.A. from the Anderson School at UCLA. She resides in New York City with her husband and two children.

Elizabeth (Liz) Alpert of Santa Cruz, California, is the Resource Chair for the West Coast Area of Hadassah, HWZOA, Inc. In 2014, she became the Area Resource Manager, with oversight for the eight geographic areas of Hadassah. Her areas of expertise include annual planning, leadership development, fundraising, and organizational change. Alpert has served twice as President of her synagogue and as Social Action chair. She has also been President of the Santa Cruz Hillel Foundation. Much of the volunteer work that Alpert is involved with is in the area of social justice. In June 2012, she was honored with her synagogue's Tzedek Award for outstanding and sustained contributions to social justice. Alpert is a retired Computer Science professional. She worked at the Lawrence Berkeley Lab, Bell Telephone Labs, and IBM, and for over 20 years taught Computer Science at the college level. She received her B.A. from Radcliffe College, and her M.S. degree from the University of New Mexico, School of Engineering.

Liz Bazini of New York, NY is a founding partner of Bazini Hopp, a tech public relations firm. Drawing on more than 17 years of experience working with technology companies — from start-ups to established brands — Bazini plans and executes strategic communications campaigns. She has been volunteering for non-profit organizations since her early 20s. Notable positions include Chair of Young Hadassah International (YHI) from 2008-2011 and Co-President of the Montreal chapter of the Israel Cancer Research Fund (ICRF) in 2003. As Chair of YHI, Bazini planned fundraisers and conferences, led a board of six members, managed YHI units around the world and helped develop the brand. At ICRF she oversaw event planning and fundraising across the organization's divisions. From 1996 to 2003 she volunteered in various capacities including co-chair of ICRF's annual Gala and co-chair of its young leadership division, which also involved fundraising through events. In addition to beginning service on the Hadassah Foundation's Board of Directors, she is a member of the inaugural cohort of the Hadassah Leadership Fellows program (2013-2015) as well as a Life Member of Hadassah. Bazini has a Bachelor of Commerce Degree with a major in Marketing from Concordia University in Montreal and a certificate in International Business from American University in Washington, D.C. She lives in Manhattan with her husband, Rob, and their toddler, Jake.

Lisa Davidson, of Tarrytown, NY, is a Vice President at Wilmington Family Office. A Certified Public Accountant, Davidson specializes in tax preparation, tax consulting and financial planning for high net worth individuals, corporate executives and closely held businesses. Davidson has also devoted many years of service to Hadassah. She is currently a National Vice President of the organization and chair of its governance committee, as well as a member of the strategic planning and management committees. She is also Hadassah's former Westchester Regional President. Outside of Hadassah, Davidson has served the community as a board member of her local synagogue, as a member of the board of Hillel at SUNY Binghamton, and served as president of the Ardsley (NY) Education Foundation. Davidson holds a B.S. in Economics from the State University of New York at Binghamton, and a M.A. from the State University of New York at Albany.

Deborah Minkoff, of Madison, Wisconsin, is a long-time Hadassah volunteer. She is currently the chair of the Hadassah Leadership Fellows (HLF)—a new program designed to attract and train women who have the potential to be future leaders of Hadassah, Co-Chair of the HLF Advisory Board, and a National Board Member of Hadassah. She has held a number of positions within Hadassah. She is a past president of the Madison chapter and the Great Lakes Region of Hadassah, Co-Chair of the Region and Big Chapter Presidents' Training, and National Chair of Advocacy. Minkoff has served on a variety of Hadassah committees, including Governance, Strategic Planning, Executive Director Search and the Young Women Young Leaders Outreach team. She currently holds the positions of President of the Jewish Federation of Madison and Tzedakah Campaign Co-Chair while also sitting on their Executive Committee. Minkoff holds a degree in Medical Microbiology from the University of Wisconsin and worked as a Research Specialist in an oncology lab.


The Hadassah Foundation, founded in 1998 by Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America, is dedicated to refocusing the priorities of the Jewish community through innovative and creative funding for women and girls in the United States and Israel. For more information, visit www.hadassahfoundation.org.

Founded in 1912, Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America, is the largest women's Zionist Jewish membership organization in the United States. 330,000 members strong, Hadassah is entering its second century, growing our commitment to innovative and life-changing medical care and research, women's empowerment, education, advocacy, philanthropy and building Jewish identity — in Israel, America and around the world. For more information, visit www.hadassah.org.

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