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Wendy Lefko Messeloff
Communications Director


Wendy Lefko Messeloff joins JOFA as its new Communications Director, with extensive communications experience working for a wide range of non-profit organizations – including several in the Jewish community – and a lifelong passion and commitment to JOFA’s mission.


Wendy has worked and consulted as both a professional and a volunteer on behalf of Jewish and general non-profit organizations, to strengthen communications and engagement through a range of written materials and media. She has worked with the Jewish Federation of Cleveland, Hadassah, the Anti-Defamation League, Jewish Family Service Association, Cleveland Museum of Natural History, and many other non-profits. She has also volunteered with the Cleveland Partnership Minyan, AMIT, Fuchs Mizrachi School, and the Cleveland Jewish News, among other organizations as well.  


Over the past decade, her work has focused on developing strategic communications for donor engagement and community development, as well as executive, donor and funder communications. Most recently she served as Lead Writer with the consulting firm Grants Plus, specializing in tailoring grantseeking materials for a mix of mission-driven social, educational, and community development non-profits across the country.


After studying at Midreshet Lindenbaum in Jerusalem, Wendy earned an undergraduate degree from Columbia University, and a master's degree from Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism. Among the highlights of her years in New York City was attending early JOFA conferences. Wendy is active in the Jewish community of her hometown of Cleveland, Ohio, where she lives with her husband, Dan, and their three children.

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