PresenTense Boston Co-Chair
Eva hails from Berkeley, CA where the weather is mild, and the food is divine. She is the stock of a passionate Moroccan and a sharp Berkeley native. Although she swears that every Boston winter will be her last, she has found a happy home in Jamaica Plain. Eva currently works at the New England Conservatory as the Program Manager in the new Department of Entrepreneurial Musicianship. Before joining the NEC team, she spent two years working at the New Center for Arts and Culture, producing public programs and co-directing Prism, the center’s young adult initiative. There are two things Eva just loves to talk about: 1) what she cooked last night and 2) traditional musics from around the world. She developed a passion for both topics while living in Jerusalem next to the large open air market (Machane Yehuda) and studying Ethnomusicology at Hebrew University.
Benjamin is a Senior Associate for Cope & Associates, Inc. a management and strategy consultancy based in VT. In October, after two years of the CT-NY commute, Benjamin enthusiastically moved back to Cambridge to open a new Boston office. Before consulting Benjamin was the Chief of Staff at Physicians for Human Rights in Cambridge and managed US emergency response operations with Save the Children. Benjamin became a supporter of PresenTense through his work with Jewish organizations and involvement in the 2007 and 2010 ROI Summits. Benjamin holds an MS in Nonprofit/NGO Management from the University of Pennsylvania and a BA in philosophy and sociology from St. Lawrence University.
Rachel has established her career in consulting in the Boston area. She currently works as a management consultant at OC&C Strategy Consultants, focused mainly on the media, information and retail industries. In her spare time, Rachel acts as the strategic advisor to an online retail startup. Rachel received her MBA from MIT Sloan and undergraduate degree in Economics & Mathematics from Emory University.
Erin is a technologist with a passion for helping nonprofits and social entrepreneurs use the web to further their mission. She owns and operates nptechconsulting - a technology consulting firm. She was a member of the 2010 PresenTense Steering Committee and had a great time coaching 2010 PresenTense Fellow Michael Goldstein on his venture, Hebrew Play.
LaunchBook Editor and Executive Team Member
Reni is the editor of Massachusetts Medical Law Report and news editor of Lawyers USA. She graduated from Brown University with a B.A. in Biomedical Ethics in 1997. In January 2005, she obtained a Master’s degree in public health from Boston University. She has been involved in CJP for more than a decade, serving on the Young Leadership Division Board for 8 years and as YLD Campaign Chair for the 2008 campaign. She has served as a vice president on the CJP Women's Philanthropy Executive Committee and currently sits on the CJP Women's Philanthropy Board.
Meggan Levene is the Senior Manager of Business Development, Care Force, for City Year's National Headquarters where she builds innovative integrated partnerships between the private and voluntary sectors. Prior to her work at City Year, Meggan worked in the Community Relations Department of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts where she represented the company at charitable events and managed the corporate volunteer program. Originally from Rochester, New York, Meggan is a graduate of Boston University where she studied International Relations and Cultural Anthropology. Meggan is a member of Combined Jewish Philanthropies’ Young Leadership Board, a graduate of the Anti-Defamation League's Glass Leadership Institute and a past participant of the Center for Leadership Initiatives' ROI Summit.
Gregg Myles Levin
Gregg is President and Founder, Perfect Curve Inc., a worldwide consumer product development company that works with such companies as Wal Mart, Home Depot, Lowe's, Bed Bath & Beyond, Lids and others. Gregg often speaks at Bentley College on entrepreneurship and spent over 10 years as a member of the Entrepreneur Organization (EO). Gregg has a dual advertising and marketing degree from Syracuse University and their Newhouse School of Communications school and business school. Gregg is also a member of the New England region board of the Anti Defamation League. Gregg lives in Boston with his wife and daughter.
Joshua Plavner joined Berkshire Partners in 2009. Prior to joining Berkshire, Joshua was an analyst at Goldman, Sachs & Co. He received a B.A. from Northwestern University in 2007.
Lisa is a Vice President at Denterlein | Public Affairs, creating communications and business strategies for clients in the healthcare, human service, and non-profit sectors. Prior to joining Denterlein, Lisa served as Senior Media Liaison to Mayor Thomas M. Menino, helping shape and deliver the administration’s message through the Democratic National Convention, election cycles, and the crisis of September 11, 2001. Lisa holds a BA from Brandeis University and professional accreditation with honors from the New England School of Photography. In addition to her work with PresentTense, Lisa sits on the boards of Jewish Vocational Services, Boston Neighborhood Network, and GRLZ Radio.
Shirah is a non-competitive scrabble player and avid traveler originally hailing from the MD/DC area. Currently, she works as a research associate for the Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies at Brandeis University where she studies Jewish sociological trends including the emerging field of Jewish service. Prior to her work at the Cohen Center, Shirah spent 4 years working as an informal educator with 16-23 year old Jewish young adults and disadvantaged youth populations in Seattle, and Jerusalem.