Karyn G. Gershon
Karyn joined Project Kesher as its Executive Director in 1994 and has overseen its dramatic growth. Trained as a lawyer, Karyn was a litigator with Katten Muchin & Zavis from 1986–1994. She is a graduate of Cornell University and Northwestern University School of Law. She was a fellow at the Wexner Heritage Foundation. In 2004, Karyn was named one of the Jewish Chicagoans of the Year by The Chicago Jewish News. After living in the Chicago area for more than 20 years, Karyn now lives in New York City - and is loving it!
Lily joined Project Kesher as its Associate Director of Development in 2017. Lily received a B.A. in International Affairs, with a concentration in the Middle East from The George Washington University, in May of 2017. During her time in Washington D.C., she worked and interned for NARAL Pro-Choice Maryland, The Global Women's Institute at GW, the D.C. Rape Crisis Center, The World Affairs Council of Philadelphia, and Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey.
Shira Pruce is an activist and a passionate nonprofit professional. She is the former Director of Development and Communications for the Foundation for Jewish Camp, and the former Director of Development and Communications for Women of the Wall. Shira has also advanced the work of MASLAN- the Negev’s Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Support Center and the Jerusalem Open House for Pride and Tolerance. Shira served on the Project Kesher Israel board from 2009-2015. She has her BA in Women and Gender Studies from Douglass College, Rutgers University, and she is a Rutgers University Institute for Women's Leadership scholar and mentor. After living in Israel for 13 years, she has recently moved back to New Jersey with her family.
Maya is Project Kesher’s 2019 Summer Intern. She is originally from New York City, and is a current student at the University of Chicago, where she is studying Mathematics and Economics. She is very excited about the this summer opportunity at Project Kesher because it combines her passions for female empowerment and recognition of Jewish heritage, while also gaining technical and collaboration skills that would be valuable in any field.