Emily Simons lives in San Francisco, CA working for SF Hillel as the Community Engagement Manager. Emily joined the SF Hillel team in July of 2016, after graduating from Temple University with a bachelor’s in social work. Prior to her community engagement role, Emily worked on the student life team for 4 years, connecting students to experiences, rituals, and community, while supervising the Israel Experience Architect. Emily staffed over 10 immersive experiences in Israel, including Birthright-Israel, and various alternative break volunteer trips throughout the country and abroad. Now as the Community Engagement Manager, she continues to use her engagement skills to cultivate new donors and steward supporters. Also in her portfolio, Emily manages marketing & communications, CRM administration, grant writing, board leadership, and capital campaign fundraising.
Emily is an active lay leader in the San Francisco Jewish community. She currently serves on the board of Jewish LearningWorks as Secretary and has participated in numerous fellowships such as Federation Fellows, Jeremiah Fellows, Birthright-Israel Fellows, Brandeis Collegiate Institute, and Leadership 365. Through Hillel International, Emily has participated in Hillel’s Fundraising Intensive, Major Gifts Cohort, and Supervisory Course. And currently, Emily is pursuing her Masters in Organizational Leadership & Innovation through HUC’s Zelikow School of Nonprofit Management.
Emily is originally from Pittsburgh, PA, and is an avid Steelers fan. When she’s not working, she is taking her 3-legged pup, Pumpkin, to the local dog park or exploring the breathtaking views of the Northern California coast.