Arthur C. Abramson, Ph.D.
Arthur Abramson has been the Executive Director of the Baltimore Jewish Council since 1990. He was previously the Community Relations Director for the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston. Prior to that, he was the Washington State Area Director for the American Jewish Committee (AJC). He has also served as an Assistant Area Director for the AJC in its Los Angeles office. Before joining the American Jewish Committee, he taught political science for four years at the University of California at Los Angeles and the California State University at Northridge. His areas of expertise include the international relations and politics of the Middle East, American foreign policy and American government. A native of New York City, he attended Queens College of the City University of New York where he received his B.A. degree. He earned his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees at UCLA in the field of political science.
Toba Minkin Rainess is the Deputy Director of the Baltimore Jewish Council. She joined THE ASSOCIATED team as the Associate Director of Agency Marketing in March of 2008, and became a part of the BJC staff in September of that year. Prior to that, she was a television producer for both WJZ-TV and WBAL-TV. It was with WBAL-TV that she served as a producer of the documentary “Survivors Among Us,” which focused on Holocaust Survivors living in the Baltimore Jewish community. Originally from Williamsport, Pennsylvania, Toba has lived in Memphis, Detroit, and Tampa before moving to Baltimore to attend Goucher College where she earned a B.A. in Communication. Toba also serves on Governor Martin O’Malley’s Commission on Middle Eastern American Affairs.
Cailey Locklair is the Director of Government Relations. As Director, she lobbies at the Federal, State, and Local levels on issues approved by the BJC's Board. Cailey leads the Government Relations team at the BJC, they work with the following coalitions: Maryland Interfaith Legislative Coalition (MILC), Maryland Alliance for the Poor (MAP), Maryland Senior Citizens Action Network (MSCAN), Maryland Reproductive Coalition (MRC), Energy Advocates (EA), Baltimore City Workforce Investment Policy Board, No Wrong Door Coalition. She holds a Master’s of Science Degree from Towson University in Homeland Security Management and a B.A in Political Science from the University of Delaware. Cailey spent five years at the Maryland House of Delegates before joining the BJC.
Keith is the Director of Security, and oversees security operations at all ASSOCIATED facilities. Keith works with law enforcement agencies to ensure the safety of the Jewish community. In addition, Keith helps local Jewish facilities obtain Department of Homeland Security Grants and he also conducts security assessments as a part of the process. Keith retired as a Major of the Baltimore City Police Department in 2009 after 32 years of service, including serving as the District Commander of the Northwest District for 3 years.
Jeanette Parmigiani is the Director of Holocaust Programs. As such, she oversees the Kristallnacht and Yom Ha’Shoah community-wide commemorations, Teacher Training workshops, the Holocaust Speakers Bureau and high school interfaith programs. She also writes proposals for grants for Holocaust-related programs. Jeanette comes to this position after having worked for many years as a volunteer in Holocaust remembrance and education. Previously, she was the Vice-Chair of the BJC's Holocaust Remembrance and Education Commission. Ms. Parmigiani studied at Yad Vashem, (The Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Authority), in July 2007 and 2009 and has been a regular attendee at the Association of Holocaust Organizations National conferences since 1995.
Chana is the Associate Director of Israel & Government Relations. Chana is responsible for the BJC’s Israel programming which includes the Israel Advocacy and Awareness Committee, the Baltimore Israel Coalition, the Middle East Clergy Dialogue, the newsletter Israel Connections, and many other projects. Chana is also part of the Government Relations team, actively lobbying in Annapolis during the Maryland Legislative session and throughout the year. Chana is a graduate of the University of Baltimore's Corporate Communications program. Chana lives in Baltimore with her husband and son.
Mandee Simmons Heinl
Mandee Simmons Heinl is the Government and Community Relations Associate. Mandee works in Community Relations to help organize programs for the BJC’s Metropolitan Issues Commission, Politically Connect, and other Outreach-based initiatives. In addition, she works with BJC’s various Interethnic and Interfaith Dialogues such as, the Jewish-African American Dialogue, the Jewish-Muslim Dialogue, and the Jewish-Hispanic Dialogue. Mandee is also a member of the Government Relations team and lobbies for issues affecting the Jewish community. Before coming to work for the Council, she spent four years working at the House of Delegates, as well as a session in a lobby firm in Annapolis.
Deana is the Director of the Elijah Cummings Youth Program in Israel (ECYP), a two-year leadership fellowship for exceptional high school students from the 7th Congressional District. Prior to joining the BJC, Deana was Associate Program Director of Scholarship Programs at CollegeBound Foundation. Deana has also served as Director of College Counseling for My Sister’s Circle, an intensive mentoring program for girls. She began her professional career with the Choice Program, an affiliate of AmeriCorps, and as a counselor for adjudicated youth in an alternative high school. A Baltimore native, Deana graduated from Friends School, as a Samuel Ready Scholarship recipient. She received her B.A. in Sociology from Boston University, and has studied abroad in Kingston, Jamaica and circumnavigated the world with Semester at Sea.
Lisa Chandler is the Office Manager of the Baltimore Jewish Council. Lisa is responsible for organizing and coordinating office operations and procedures in order to ensure organizational effectiveness and efficiency. Lisa is also the Executive Assistant to the Executive Director and Deputy Director, and assists other staff members as needed. In addition, she handles our accounts payable, accounts receivables, and payroll.
Phyllis Gwynn is the Administrative Assistant for Interethnic and Interreligious Relations. She provides support to all of the community relations programs, Holocaust programs, the BJC Leadership Development Program, and the Elijah Cummings Youth Program in Israel. Prior to becoming a part of the BJC team, Phyllis worked in the Legal Department for the NAACP for 10 years.
Jasmine Estes is the Communications and Administrative Assistant. She assists the Government Relations team during the Legislative session in Annapolis and throughout the year. She also assists with Israel and Global Affairs programming. In addition to that, Jasmine works closely with our Deputy Director on our monthly newsletter, Council Matters. Jasmine is from Chicago, Illinois and holds a B.A degree in Public Relations and Communications from Morgan State University.
Faith Leader Summit
Join us as we learn about new insurance options under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
5750 Park Heights Ave.
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