Jewish Federations Announce Co-Chairs for Nat'l Young Leadership Cabinet

Jewish Federations of North America are proud to announce the selection of Danielle Gross (Phoenix) and Brett Tanzman (Greater MetroWest NJ) as incoming National Young Leadership Cabinet Co-Chairs. The pair will work together to build young leadership capacity across the Jewish world and strengthen the position of Cabinet members in the Federation system.  Their term will begin on the first of July. 

Gross, the granddaughter of Holocaust survivors, has served on the Phoenix AIPAC Council and the board of the Minkoff Center for Jewish Genetics. Currently, Danielle is the Arizona Political Chair of AIPAC, President of the Breslow Foundation, Secretary of the Center for Jewish Philanthropy of Greater Phoenix, and the Israel and Overseas Vice Co-Chair for National Young Leadership Cabinet. She resides in Phoenix with her husband, three children, and two dogs.  

Tanzman serves on the Board of Trustees of the Jewish Federation of Greater Metrowest, and currently chairs its Security Advisory Council. He is Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Foundation in New Brunswick; and is a past Chair for Philanthropy of National Young Leadership Cabinet. He lives in Millburn, New Jersey, with his wife and three daughters.  

“At a time of increasing complexity and polarization, the Jewish communal landscape requires a strong network of lay leaders who are connected with one another, are prepared to meet the challenges facing our community, can dream big, articulate aspirations, remove barriers, engage in expert problem-solving, and do everything within their power to bring their vision to reality,” said Gross. “I've learned that leadership is not about where I'm going, but about the people who are with me. I hope to inspire my peers and empower them to pursue their leadership dreams, and Cabinet is an excellent platform to achieve this.” 

“As we march forward into our 60th year of National Young Leadership Cabinet, my goal as a Co-Chair of this incredible organization is to continue this amazing tradition by elevating the Cabinet experience and deepening and strengthening the collective communal action throughout the entire Federation system” said Tanzman. “The power of this collective is what makes Cabinet so unique and special, and it is this collective that will continue to have an enormous impact on our local Jewish communities, on Israel, and throughout the world - not just today and tomorrow, but for generations to come.” 

National Young Leadership Cabinet is the Jewish Federation’s premier young leadership development program that inspires the next generation of global Jewish leaders towards philanthropy, communal engagement, and activism. Cabinet has helped form six decades of Jewish leaders and philanthropists and has more than 450 current members and 4,200 alumni who foster flourishing Jewish communities across North America and around the globe. In 2022, Cabinet members raised over $3.725 million for their local Federation annual campaigns, representing the largest Cabinet campaign in Jewish Federation history.   

Senior Director of National Young Leadership Cabinet Ben Schindler said, “Danielle and Brett have demonstrated impressive leadership in their local communities and in Cabinet by increasing overall engagement and philanthropy and by connecting more young leaders to Federations’ work. I have no doubt that Danielle and Brett will follow the tremendous leadership of Cabinet Co-Chairs Lauren Danneman and Jacob Shapiro and continue to grow our impact and inspire more young Jewish leaders to serve, learn and be prepared to lead. In leading Cabinet’s largest-ever membership, they will galvanize the next generation of Jewish leadership to build flourishing Jewish communities and lead with purpose.”