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 works closely with prospective grantees as a 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’s real estate projects 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.

Teresa S. Haught, Director of Finance

As Director of Finance, Teri is responsible for ensuring the integrity of the financial information of the Foundation and directs and coordinates the Foundation’s financial affairs according to accounting principles and government regulations. Her responsibilities include monitoring the investment portfolio, developing annual operating budgets, preparing financial statements and tax reporting forms, and handling benefit administration. She also lends a financial lens to the grant-making process.

Prior to joining the Foundation in July 2018, Teri worked as the Vice President of Operations and Chief Financial Officer for ArtsWave. She operated in a variety of financial leadership roles within ArtsWave beginning in 1993 including concurrently serving as the Finance Director for the Taft Museum of Art for the first fourteen years of her career in the arts. Teri began her career with KPMG leaving the firm as an audit manager and continues to maintain an active CPA license.

She currently serves on the board of Cincinnati Works, Ursulines of Cincinnati Charitable Trust and the Saint Ursula Academy Parent Board. She has volunteered as a member of the Executive Board of the Ohio Society of CPA’s, the Ohio Society of CPA’s Foundation, and the Greater Cincinnati Foundation Finance Committee and is a graduate of Leadership Cincinnati. She and her husband Mike have a son and two daughters.

Mike Boberg, Director of Impact Assessment

Mike joined The Jewish Foundation team as its Director of Impact Assessment in 2015. Prior to joining the Foundation, he spent 15 years strengthening the local arts community in a variety of roles at ArtsWave, including managing its BOARDway Bound leadership initiative. His role at the Foundation includes working directly with all of the Foundation’s grant partners on establishing their learning and evaluation processes, as well as managing a portion of the Foundation’s grants portfolio, from request inception through the final reporting phase of the grant cycle.

In his free time, Mike is the Board Chair for Commonwealth Artists Student Theatre (CAST), a nonprofit high school theatre program based in Northern Kentucky that draws students from across the region to mount high quality productions each summer. He lives in Anderson Township with his husband, Ronny Watson.

Kim Newstadt, Director of Special Projects

Kim works closely with the Foundation team and organizational partners to assess and evaluate community needs, design capacity building strategies and help implement effective systems between partners. In this role, she helps the Foundation continue to grow as a learning laboratory, from studying the field for effective funding practices to harnessing opportunities for shared learning and creative problem solving throughout the Cincinnati Jewish community. She also collaborates closely with counterparts at the Jewish Federation on community planning and research issues.

With 10 years of experience in philanthropy and grantmaking, Kim has worked at the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles, Santa Monica Museum of Art and University of Southern California. In her roles, she supported the vetting and allocation of community dollars through grants, stewarded donors, provided philanthropic advising to community members and worked to improve the efficacy and impact of grantmaking initiatives.

Along with being a Foundation professional, Kim has broad experience in the arts, having worked as a professional dancer, dance educator, and art gallery director. She is also a co-founder of the SEDER Arts Micro-Grant, a recurring meal-based initiative that empowers community participants to become patrons of regional Jewish artists in Los Angeles. She lives in Cincinnati with her husband Danny and two daughters.

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.

Beth H. McKinney, Senior Financial Advisor

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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.