Meet Our Staff

Brian Jaffee, Executive Director

Brian assists the Trustees in establishing the Foundation as a trusted, high-impact investor in the Cincinnati Jewish community. As the first Executive Director in the organization’s history, Brian has helped to facilitate the dramatic expansion of the Foundation’s philanthropic capacity, working with the Trustees to develop new strategies for investing in the Foundation’s priority funding areas: Unmet Basic Needs, Jewish Education, Leadership Development, Continuous Jewish Involvement and Israel Connection.

Brian is also responsible for cultivating strategic partnerships with the Jewish Federation, congregations and other local agencies working to achieve a long-term vision for Cincinnati as a vibrant Jewish community and Jewish destination. Prior to joining the Foundation, Brian served as Jewish Community Relations Council Director at the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati, leading one of the most well established JCRCs in the country.

Brian brings a passion for Jewish community building, and nearly two decades of executive and programmatic experience with major Jewish and political organizations in Cincinnati, New York City and Washington, D.C.

Born and raised in Oberlin, Ohio, Brian is married to Rabbi Shena Potter Jaffee, Director of Jewish Life at the Mayerson JCC, and they and their two daughters are members of Adath Israel Congregation and Rockdale Temple.

Eric Dauer, Director of Operations

Eric is primarily responsible for the grantmaking process. Eric works closely with prospective grantees as the lead relationship manager to help them prepare their proposals, work through the grant process and then act as their resource and liaison after grant approval for follow-up, reporting and monitoring. He is also responsible for the Foundation internal grants management processes. Eric’s additional responsibilities include supervising research initiatives and interns, the Foundation website and management of ad hoc projects related to the Foundation’s mission and goal areas.

Eric joined the Foundation after eight years with the Procter & Gamble Company where he held a variety of Finance roles in Cincinnati, Boston and Geneva. Eric began his career at the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati where he spent four years as a development professional.

Eric is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Cincinnati Opera and is a past board member of JVS and the American Jewish Committee, Cincinnati Chapter. With his wife Jennifer and their son, he is a member of Isaac M. Wise Temple.

Beth H. McKinney, Director of Finance

As Director of Finance, Beth is responsible for providing the Foundation leadership with timely, accurate financial information. Her responsibilities include monitoring the investment portfolio, establishing best practices and adhering to the system of internal accounting controls, and facilitating the day-to-day financial operations of the Foundation. She also lends a financial lens to the grant-making process.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Beth spent over 16 years at ArtsWave (formerly the Fine Arts Fund) where, most recently, she oversaw the financial aspects of the organization as the Vice President of Finance. After graduating from Miami University with an accounting degree, Beth began her career in public accounting at KPMG Peat Marwick.

As a lifelong member of the Cincinnati community, Beth is an avid Reds fan and enjoys family activities with her children and grandchildren.

Mike Boberg, Senior Grants Officer

Mike joins The Jewish Foundation team as its Senior Grants Officer after 15 years of strengthening the local arts community in a variety of roles at ArtsWave, including managing its Projects Grants program and running the BOARDway Bound leadership initiative. His role at the Foundation includes working directly with a number of its grantees, from request inception through the final reporting phase of the grant making process.

Mike has served on grants review panels for a variety of funders throughout the tristate, including Cuyahoga Arts & Culture (Cleveland), LexArts (Lexington), CultureWorks (Dayton), the Ohio Arts Council (Columbus) and the Kentucky Arts Council (Frankfort). He has also presented on a variety of topics at numerous local and national conferences, including Americans for the Arts.

Previously, Mike has served on a subcommittee of Agenda 360 and the Advisory Board of Media Bridge’s WVQC-LPFM and he currently serves on the C-Change Alumni Lead Committee and is President of his HOA. For the past 10 years, he has also served as a character coach for the Winners Walk Tall program of the Literacy Network, impacting the lives of hundreds of first graders during his tenure. He and his partner, Ronny Watson, live in Anderson Township.

Lauren J. Seal, Executive Assistant

Lauren supports the Foundation Executive Director and staff and is responsible for office management. Prior to joining the Foundation Lauren worked with Johnson Investment Counsel in the Trust Department as Assistant to the President. Previously, Lauren worked in marketing for 27 years with Burke Marketing/Market Decisions/Nielsen in Chicago and Cincinnati where she managed test markets throughout the US.

Lauren is a member of Eastgate Vineyard Church and is married with four adult children and one grandchild.