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Caroline Poland named exec director of JTConnect

WEST HARTFORD, Conn. –  Caroline Poland has been appointed executive director of JTConnect, it was announced recently by Lauren Benthien, president of the JTConnect Board of Directors. Poland will take up her new post on June 1. 

Poland holds a Masters of Nonprofit Administration from the University of San Francisco and has a strong background in nonprofit fundraising, program planning and development, and partnership building. She and her family relocated back to the Greater Hartford area almost a year ago, after living in San Francisco for 15 years, where she worked for the SF-Based Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund as a project director for their teen philanthropy programs, and as a program officer for strategic grantmaking. 

“Working in the Jewish community touches my soul because it sparks my passion for creating positive change in the world,” says Poland. “I have served in many nonprofit leadership and management roles over the course of my 20 year career – including working with marginalized youth and families, mental health/substance abuse programming, developing and directing Jewish teen programs, Jewish youth and family philanthropy, strategic grant-making, nonprofit fundraising, and donor engagement.” 

“Everyone on the Board and Search Committee was immediately impressed with Caroline’s commitment to the Jewish community and experience with Jewish teen education and leadership development, as well as her warmth, positivity, and genuine desire to further our mission at JTConnect,” says Benthien. “Her enthusiasm made everyone very excited about the next chapter in our organization.” 

JTConnect provides an educational experience and social community for Jewish teens to develop a strong Jewish identity, enhance their understanding and commitment to their Jewish heritage and traditions, and prepare them to lead meaningful Jewish lives. For more information, visit www.jtconnect.org.

Main Photo: Caroline Poland

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