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Class of 2020 Commencement Speaker Announced: Wendy Rosov '82

We are excited to announce that Wendy Rosov '82 will be the Class of 2020 Commencement speaker. 

Wendy is Founder and Principal of Rosov Consulting, a multinational, mission-driven for-profit company dedicated to informing and improving Jewish education philanthropy and practice. In this role, Wendy brings more than 25 years of experience as a senior-level consultant to individual philanthropists, community and family foundations, and Jewish communal nonprofit organizations throughout North America and Israel. She is an expert on program design and evaluation and is a frequent presenter at workshops and seminars in the philanthropic and nonprofit sector.

During her career, Wendy has worked with over 100 different North American grant-making and operating foundations and their grantee partners. Through Rosov Consulting’s Israel office, Wendy and the team serve as evaluation consultants for the Government of Israel’s Ministry of Diaspora Affairs, in addition to providing research, evaluation, and strategy consulting to the Jewish Agency for Israel, Masa Israel Journey, Onward Israel, and others.  

Prior to founding Rosov Consulting, Wendy served for 10 years as senior staff at the Jewish Education Service of North America (JESNA). She also was Associate Director of the Conference on Rabbinic Education and taught for more than 15 years in an array of Jewish education and identity-building programs, including Jewish residential and day camps, youth groups, congregational schools, bar and bat mitzvah tutoring and day schools. In addition to holding a PhD in Education from Stanford University, an MA in Jewish Education from the University of Judaism (now AJU), and a BA from Barnard College, Columbia University, Wendy is an alumna of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship Program.

 Wendy is a proud member of Akiba’s class of ’82, the largest class to date at that point in the school’s history. While at Akiba, Wendy was best known for her classroom antics (which frequently landed her in the principal’s office), her onstage presence in school musicals, and her athletic prowess, which won her many accolades, including a starting point guard position on the Columbia University women’s basketball team (a position she held for all four years of college). Wendy was inducted into the inaugural (2014) class of the Akiba-Barrack Athletic Hall of Fame and serves on its nominating and selection committee. Wendy lives in Berkeley, CA with her partner Peg, who is Head of School at Brandeis Marin (a K-8 Jewish day school just outside of San Francisco) and is about to become an empty-nester.  After too many sports injuries, Wendy now enjoys swimming and hiking on a daily basis, and spending as much time as possible at a place called The Sea Ranch along the beautiful Northern California coast.