Laura E. Adkins
Laura E. Adkins is the Forward's Innovation Editor.
Greg Bluestein is a political reporter who covers state politics for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He also contributes to the Political Insider blog and Jolt newsletter, hosts the Politically Georgia podcast, cohosts shows on WSB and Georgia Public Broadcasting outlets, and is a frequent guest on local and national TV and radio programs. He is a graduate of the University of Georgia with degrees in journalism and political science, and lives with his wife and two daughters in metro Atlanta.
Chief Executive Officer
Craig Burke has been Chief Executive Officer of Mid-Atlantic Media for 12 years. He is currently the Publisher of AJPA member publications Baltimore Jewish Times, Philadelphia Jewish Exponent and Washington Jewish Week. Burke is also the publisher of eight (8) other publication titles, and a vibrant Custom Media division.
A veteran of media for over 34 years, Burke started in advertising sales and rose to sales management, publisher and chief executive officer. While Burke’s responsibilities covers supervision of all aspects of Mid-Atlantic Media, he continues to have a strong passion for advertising sales.
Burke is a graduate of Towson University, who majored in Mass Communications. He and his wife of 28 years have three (3) sons ages 24, 22 and 20.
Burke, an avid volunteer and executive committee member of AJPA since 1995, served as President of AJPA from 2016 through 2020.
Associate Professor of History
Marni Davis is a historian of ethnicity and immigration in the United States. She is the author of Jews and Booze: Becoming American in the Age of Prohibition (New York University Press, 2012), which was a finalist for the Sami Rohr Prize in Jewish Literature and the Jordan Schnitzer Book Award from the Association for Jewish Studies. Much of her work examines the experience of Jewish and other immigrants in the American economy. Davis is currently co-Editor-in-Chief of American Jewish History, the scholarly journal of the American Jewish Historical Society.
Davis has recently developed research interests in the history of cities in the U.S. South. She is currently writing a history of immigration, race, and urban development on Atlanta’s south side. Her digital history of Georgia Avenue, a thoroughfare that ran through both Black and immigrant neighborhoods on Atlanta’s south side in the first half of the twentieth century, can be accessed at bit.ly/GeorgiaAveATL. She is an affiliate faculty member of Georgia State’s Urban Studies Institute.
Jesse Ferris, PhD
Dr. Jesse Ferris joined IDI in 2008 as Vice President of Strategy.
Jesse was born in Chicago and grew up in Rosh Pina, Israel. He served in the IDF as a medic, combatant, and team leader, attaining the rank of captain in the reserves. He holds a BA in history from Yale University and a PhD in Near Eastern Studies from Princeton University.
Jesse's first book, Nasser's Gamble: How Intervention in Yemen Caused the Six Day War and Decline of Egyptian Power, was published in 2012 by Princeton University Press. It won the 2013 Chaikin Prize, awarded annually to an Israeli author for the best book on a geostrategic topic pertaining to Israel or the Middle East. His second book, Israel on the Brink, is due out in September. It presents historical lessons for Israel confronting the prospect of a nuclear Middle East.
Editor in Chief
A native New Yorker, Ellen Futterman began her journalism career as a general assignment reporter for the Los Angeles Herald-Examiner. After a short stint at the Belleville News-Democrat, she joined the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in 1982 and spent 25 years there working as a news reporter, feature writer, columnist, Arts and Entertainment Editor, critic-at-large and Features Editor.
In late 2007, Ellen took a buyout at the Post-Dispatch, and joined the St. Louis Jewish Light in 2009 as its editor, where she is responsible for overseeing editorial operations, including managing both staff members and freelancers. Under her editorship, the Light has won more than 30 Rockower Awards, which are the highest awards given for Jewish journalism. She personally won the Louis Rapoport Award for Excellence in Commentary in 2012, 2014 and 2018 for her News & Schmooze column, which runs weekly in the Light.
A native-born Georgian who hasn’t visited Atlanta since she was 9 months old, Shana Goldberg is assistant publisher of the Intermountain Jewish News. Prior to joining the newspaper full time, Shana lived in the UK and Switzerland, where she worked in international affairs. She has a BA in history from Brandeis and an MSc in Political Economy from the London School of Economics. Eight years ago, Shana returned to Colorado to join the IJN, a 109-year-old weekly Jewish newspaper that has been owned and operated by the Goldberg family since 1943. In addition to assisting with managing day-to-day operations across all aspects of the business, Shana writes a weekly column for the newspaper.
Editor/Director of Communications
Lonny Goldsmith is the Editor of TC Jewfolk and Director of Communications for its parent organization, Jewfolk, Inc. Lonny is an award-winning journalist who is involved in his third Jewish community after growing up in Michigan and spending a three-year stint in Chicago. He likes to write, cook, and watch sports (sometimes in that order).
Rabbi Joshua Heller
Rabbi Joshua Z. Heller has served as the rabbi of Congregation B’nai Torah since July 2004, and has made it the fastest-growing congregation in the Southeastern United States.
Rabbi Heller has developed a reputation as an expert in Jewish law and ethics, and a thought leader exploring issues related to the impact of technology on Jewish life and practice. He is a longstanding member of the Committee on Jewish Law and Standards of the Rabbinical Assembly, he currently serving as the chair of its Rites and Rituals Subcommittee. He authored key Conservative movement guidance for congregations navigating the COVID-19 pandemic.
Heller has held many leadership roles in the greater Atlanta community including as president of the Atlanta Rabbinical Association, founding president of MACOM, the Metro Atlanta Community Mikvah, and a board member of the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta and Jewish Family and Career Services.
Heller graduated Magna Cum Laude from Harvard with a degree in computer science. He published original research in the Journal for Computational Neuroscience, but then turned down offers from Silicon Valley to become a ninth generation rabbi, and the third generation in his family to be ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS).
Before coming to Atlanta, Rabbi Heller served as Director of Distance Learning and Educational Technology at JTS, bringing Jewish learning to over 20,000 people each week, on levels ranging from casual adult learning to Masters’ level courses, and helped develop online resources like Learn.jtsa.edu. Rabbi Heller also supervised a number of initiatives within JTS to apply technology in training Rabbis, Cantors and other Jewish educators and professionals. During the period after 9/11, he also served as the rabbi of the Downtown synagogue, one of the synagogues closest to the site of the World Trade Center.
Founder & CEO
Joanne Heyman, Founder and CEO of Heyman Partners, is widely recognized as a transformative force for good, bringing a mission-driven focus to institutions across sectors, cultures and countries. A highly sought-after coach, facilitator, strategic advisor, and lecturer, Ms. Heyman has led organizations and counseled leadership of foundations, non-profits, social enterprises, media companies and creative institutions. Her work with individuals and teams is often credited with their achievement of sustainable and measurable success, including healthy, thriving cultures.
She was the founding Executive Director of the Urban Zen Foundation and has also served as the Executive Director of The International Center in New York, Vice President of the Corporation of Yaddo, Managing Director of the Financial Services Volunteer Corps and as a senior advisor to The Goldman Sachs Foundation and the American Jewish World Service.
Ms. Heyman holds an MA from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and a BA in Comparative Literature from Smith College. She serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors of The GroundTruth Project/Report for America. She is a Guide at Chief, a presenting expert in the Kahilla community and platform, and a coach in multiple national programs supporting local media leaders and institutions. Additionally, Ms. Heyman is a regular lecturer at Columbia University and contributor to Forbes.
Ms. Heyman lives with her family outside of New York City, and is an avid yogi, cook and outdoor enthusiast.
Bob Jacob has been a journalist for more than 40 years.
He has been the managing editor of the Cleveland Jewish News since February 2011 and is in charge of the newsroom and editorial content of a weekly newspaper and 24/6 website.
He is also managing editor of the Columbus Jewish News since its inception in August 2018 and co-editor of Akron Jewish News since its debut in February 2022.
The CJN has captured more than 250 awards in the last five years, including being named the best non-daily newspaper in the state in five of the last seven years. He has led newspapers that have consistently received statewide recognition for its news coverage.
Bob has won numerous awards for design, news writing, feature writing, column writing and headline writing.
He came to the CJN after spending 10½ years as the news editor for a chain of weeklies – the Chagrin Valley Times, Solon Times and Geauga Times Courier – in Northeast Ohio. The Chagrin Valley Times was named best weekly paper in Ohio nine times by the Ohio Newspaper Association while he was there.
Prior to that, he spent 19 ½ years at the Chronicle-Telegram in Elyria, starting as a sports writer and becoming executive sports editor before moving over to the news side, where he was a copy editor and left as interim news editor. He helped launch the Chronicle’s morning edition.
Early in his career, he had stories appear in the Detroit Free Press, The Sporting News Basketball Yearbook, Soccer America, Cleveland Press weeklies among other publications, and was a freelance sports writer for the CJN.
He began his career in 1978 as a sports writer at the now-defunct Painesville Telegraph.
Bob is a member the executive committee of the American Jewish Press Association, where he serves as secretary, and is the chair of its prestigious Rockower Awards.
The son of Holocaust survivors, he lives in Beachwood with his wife, Debby. They have been married 40 years and have three adult children and seven grandchildren.
Editor & Managing Publisher
Kaylene Ladinsky has been with the Atlanta Jewish Times since January 2011. She has served the AJT as a writer, Business Manager, Associate Publisher throughout her tenure and now serves as Editor and Managing Publisher. She is a recipient of multiple Simon Rockower Jewish Journalism Awards, currently serves as an executive board member for the American Jewish Press Association and an active member of the National Newspaper Association.
News and community relations took a priority when becoming founder and president of Americans United with Israel Corporation, a charitable 501(c)3 NGO based in Atlanta, Georgia in 2009.
She has 15 years of experience in corporate mediation representing many Fortune 500 clients, including FEDEX, Muzak and Citibank. Kaylene’s passions include her family, community, educating and rallying diverse “Americans” in support of Israel.
Kaylene has degrees in Business Administration from Northwestern University of Ohio and Criminology from Iowa Community College. She is married to Lou Ladinsky, they have three children together. All three are currently in college and doing well.
Steve Levene has 43 years of experience launching and leading international, regional and local publishing businesses.
He is the founder of Springs Publishing LLC, a group of print and digital community newspapers in metro Atlanta. Before starting the company in 2006, Steve was vice president/publisher of Detroit-based Renaissance Media and served as publisher of the Atlanta Jewish Times for nine years. Prior to that, for 17 years he held numerous sales and marketing management positions with The Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones & Company in New York, Princeton NJ and Hong Kong.
A native of Binghamton, NY, Steve graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.S. in Sociology and holds an MBA from its Wharton School. He has been a member of several metro Atlanta boards including the Sandy Springs/ Perimeter Chamber of Commerce, the Brookhaven YMCA and the Private Bank of Buckhead board of advisors. He has also served as an officer and board member of Hillels of Georgia, Jewish Family & Career Services and two local synagogues.
Steve and his wife, Joan, a healthcare management executive, reside in Atlanta. They have three sons and four grandchildren.
Assistant Special Agent in Charge
Chris Macrae entered on duty as a Special Agent in 2003. Following graduation from the FBI Academy, he was assigned to the Miami Division where he investigated Healthcare Fraud for approximately five years. During this time, he was a founding member of the Medicare FraudStrike Force.
In 2009, Mr. Macrae transferred to a TOC-West squad. He was the affiant on numerous Title IIIs, targeting drug trafficking organizations importing and distributing kilogram quantities of narcotics. He also became the Primary Relief supervisor. Mr. Macrae was appointed as A/SSA and Program Coordinator for approximately 10 months. In 2014, Mr. Macrae was officially promoted to the position.
In 2016, Mr. Macrae was promoted to a GS-15 Team Leader in the Inspection Division where he led teams, which conducted assessments of the FBI Criminal, NSB, HUMINT, and Intelligence operations across several field offices, as well as review of FBI shootings incidents.
He has spent the majority of his career working criminal program matters. In 2019, Mr. Macrae became the SSA for a CT squad focused on Homegrown Violent Extremists (HVEs).
In December 2020, Mr. Macrae was named Assistant Special Agent in Charge where he leads the Atlanta Division's Criminal Branch.
Prior to joining the FBI, Mr. Macrae worked in the computer industry including running his own computer consulting business for five years. He is originally from New Jersey and attended Trenton State College (now The College of New Jersey) where he studied Computer Information Systems. He is married to Albania and they have a son Cole and daughter Kaili who are both seniors in high school.
VP of Sales
Adam Mandell is the VP of Sales at the Cleveland Jewish Publication Company. He came to CJPC in January of 2014 as Director of Sales. He was promoted to VP of Sales in January 2016. Before joining CJPC, Adam spent 17 years at Crain’s Cleveland Business as a Senior Account Executive. When he first started his career, he worked at the Atlanta Journal & Constitution as a sales assistant.
Vice President, Southern Division
As Vice President of the Southern Division of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), Allison Padilla-Goodman and her team work daily to fight anti-Semitism and all forms of hate in the Atlanta, Florida, New Orleans and St. Louis regional offices.
Allison joined ADL in 2014 as the Regional Director of ADL’s New Orleans office after many years in academia. Her academic work focused on racial identities and othering. Most recently, she was the Regional Director of ADL’s Atlanta office. Prior to her work at ADL and in academia, Allison was a Senior Research Fellow in the premier Center for Service-Learning in Southeast Asia, worked in public education in New Orleans, and was a community organizer around public safety and culture. She received the Torch of Liberty Distinguished Service award by the ADL New Orleans Regional Board and has become an avid voice for fighting hate in the American South.
Allison earned a B.A. from Middlebury College, an M.A. in Latin American Studies from Tulane University, and a PhD in Sociology from the CUNY Graduate Center.
Chief Digital Content Officer
Jordan Palmer worked at KSDK from 1995 to 2020. Jordan is a three-time Emmy award winner who produced every show from news to specials during his tenure, creating Show Me St. Louis, The Cardinal Nation Show. He started ksdk.com in 2001 and won three Edward R. Murrow Awards journalistic and website excellence in 2010, 2014 and 2020.
Jordan has been married 24 years and is the father of two college students. He is an avid biker, snowboarder, and beer lover. He created the blog drink314.com, focusing on the St. Louis beer community in 2015. Jordan has an incredible and vast knowledge of useless information and is the grandson of a Cleveland bootlegger.
Owner & Publisher
Atlanta native Keith Pepper acquired Springs Publishing in December 2020. Keith has deep roots in the Atlanta community and a 20+ year career working at local and global media organizations, including Outbrain, an Israeli startup.
He currently serves on the boards of the Atlanta Press Club, the Brookhaven Chamber of Commerce, and Wholesome Wave Georgia. Previously, he was a member of the Board of Directors at Kate’s Club.
Keith lives in Atlanta.
Alison Pure-Slovin, a native Chicagoan, is the Midwest Director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center. In her tenure, the Center's Midwest Division has created educational partnerships and opportunities for hundreds of thousands of students, community leaders, and business professionals, on the topics of hate, racism, and anti-Semitism. Further, Alison spearheaded efforts to design, build, and implement the Mobile Museum of Tolerance, a state-of-the-art retrofitted 'museum on wheels', to travel around Illinois educating students and communities on the ramifications and impact of hate and how to build a better and more equitable tomorrow.
Paul Root Wolpe
Raymond F. Schinazi Distinguished Research Chair in Jewish Bioethics; Director
Paul Root Wolpe, Ph.D. is the Raymond Schinazi Distinguished Research Chair of Jewish Bioethics, Professor of Medicine, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Neuroscience and Biological Behavior, and Sociology, and the Director of the Center for Ethics at Emory University. Dr. Wolpe’s scholarly work focuses on the social, religious, and ideological impact of technology and biotechnology on the human condition. He is Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Bioethics Neuroscience, and sits on the editorial boards of over a dozen professional journals. For 15 years he served as the Senior Bioethicist at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). He is a past President of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities, immediate Past President of the Association of Bioethics Program Directors, a Fellow of the Hastings Center, and a Fellow of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, the country’s oldest medical society. Dr. Wolpe has served on many national and international committees, such as Canada’s Networks of Centres of Excellence Selection Committee and DARPA’s Neuroscience ELSI Panel.
Dr. Wolpe also speaks internationally on topics in the field of Jewish thought. In May, 2019, Dr. Wolpe was the commencement speaker and received an honorary degree at the graduation ceremonies of American Jewish University. He was a founder of the Academic Coalition for Jewish Bioethics and is the bioethics advisor to JScreen, the program to promote preconception genetic carrier screening among Jews. He also works in interfaith ethics, having recently met with the Dalai Lama in Dharamshala, India to explore links between Jewish and Western ethics and the Dalai Lama’s “secular ethics.” Dr. Wolpe was a major contributor to a guide to Jewish end-of-life issues, Behoref Hayamim: In the Winter of Life.
Dr. Wolpe won the 2011 World Technology Network Award in Ethics, has recorded a TED Talk with over 1.5 million views, was named one of Trust Across America’s Top 100 Thought Leaders in Trustworthy Business Behavior, and was profiled in the November, 2011 Atlantic Magazine as a “Brave Thinker of 2011.” Chosen by The Teaching Company as a "Superstar Teacher of America," Dr. Wolpe is a frequent contributor and commentator in both the broadcast and print media, appearing on shows like 60 Minutes and on PBS, and featured with a personal profile in the Science Times of the New York Times.
Market President and Publisher
David Rubinger is an award-winning journalist and corporate communications executive who in 2015 returned to his roots at Atlanta Business Chronicle to become its Market President and Publisher.
Rubinger began his career in Atlanta as a reporter with the Chronicle in 1989. He later served as managing editor and editor until joining PR firm Ketchum in 1999. After Ketchum, David led global communications for Equifax.
After 8 years running his own communications consulting firm, David rejoined the Chronicle in his present role to oversee all facets of the media company’s operations, from editorial, advertising, circulation and events.
A native of New York City, David is a member of Leadership Atlanta Class of 2000. Rubinger also serves on the boards of the Metro Atlanta Chamber, Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau, Junior Achievement of Georgia, Emory University Board of Visitors and Emory’s Center for Ethics. He is a graduate of Trinity College in Hartford, CT.
David lives in Ansley Park with his wife Hedy, a healthcare partner with law firm Arnall Golden Gregory. They have two adult children and twins who are college sophomores.
President and CEO
Jill Savitt, the President and CEO of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, is a human rights advocate with expertise in genocide and atrocity prevention. She assumed the role in March 2019, but has been involved with The Center since 2010 when she curated the Center’s exhibit on global human rights.
Previously, Savitt was the Acting Director of the Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide at the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC. The Center stimulates global action to prevent genocide and to catalyze an international response when it occurs.
In 2007, Savitt founded and directed Dream for Darfur, a high-profile advocacy campaign that pressed the Chinese government to take specific actions regarding the genocide in Darfur in the lead up to the 2008 Beijing Games. The New York Times Magazine profiled Savitt and the initiative.
Savitt was the Director of Campaigns at Human Rights First from 2001 to 2007, where her team ran the campaign to assist a group of retired military leaders to speak out against torture. The campaign also worked with Hollywood to present a more accurate portrayal of interrogation in movies and TV shows.
She began her career as a reporter for WAMU, the NPR affiliate in Washington, DC. Savitt graduated summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Yale University and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Betsy is a native of University City, MO having graduated U. City High and attended Scripps College in Claremont, CA. Her business career began with Procter and Gamble in sales and quickly moved to marketing at PET Inc. From there she went to what was Ralston Purina, now Nestle Purina, and continued a marketing career centered around new product creation. In her early 30’s she moved on to start her own marketing consulting firm focused on Facilitation. She helped numerous Fortune 500 Companies including Nestle, McDonald’s, Coca Cola and Frito Lay with advertising, packaging, and new product development. She conducted thousands of focus groups soliciting deep insights for these clients leading them to such business successes as the introduction of Beneful Dog Food (now 9% of the total dog food market) and the touch kiosks at McDonalds which has quickly become an industry standard. After over 23 years her focus turned to the nonprofit world. She moved to a Development position at The Little Bit Foundation and helped the organization double in size in 3 years. She then moved to The St. Louis Jewish Light in 2020, first as Business Director and now as Chief Executive Officer. She has lived in many cities over the years but is happy to have returned to St. Louis where she is happy to be contributing to a stronger community.
Rabbi Motti Seligson
Rabbi Motti Seligson is the associate director of Chabad.org, one of the largest and earliest faith based websites, with a reach of 54 million unique-visitors and oversees the site's social media. He serves as director of media relations for Chabad-Lubavitch and is often the mainstream media's go-to resource for everything Jewish. Seligson has served as a rabbinical student and later as a rabbi in dozens of Jewish communities in states across the U.S. and in countries across Africa, Asia, Australia and Europe. He received a degree in religious studies from the Rabbinical College of America and was ordained as a rabbi at the Rabbinical College of Sydney, Australia and lives in New York City.
Consulate General of Israel to the Southeast
Anat Sultan-Dadon assumed her role as Consul General in Atlanta in July 2019. She has extensive experience working for the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs and has held various posts and positions in Israel and abroad.
Consul General Sultan-Dadon joined the Israeli diplomatic corps in 2004. Her first posting abroad was from 2005-2008 as Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of Israel in Yaoundé, Cameroon. She also served as Head of the Public Affairs Department at the Embassy of Israel in Berlin, Germany (2005-2008), as Political Counselor at the Embassy of Israel in The Hague, the Netherlands (2012-2015) and as Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of Israel in Canberra, Australia (2015-2018). While posted in Canberra, Sultan-Dadon facilitated then-Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's first State Visit to Australia. Sultan-Dadon has also held positions in the Euro-Asia Division and the Asia-Pacific Division at the MFA in Jerusalem.
Sultan-Dadon earned a B.A. in Psychology and Education from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem in 1999 and a M.A. in Criminology with high honors from the same institution. In 2021, Sultan-Dadon received one of the highest honors bestowed by Morehouse College with her induction into the Martin Luther King Jr. Board of Sponsors.
In her current role in Atlanta, Sultan-Dadon is responsible for promoting the bilateral relations between Israel and the seven states covered by the Consulate General of Israel to the Southeast: Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee.
Anat Sultan-Dadon married Yaron Dadon in 1998. They are the proud parents of three girls.
Jonathan S. Tobin
Editor in Chief
Jonathan S. Tobin is the editor in chief of the Jewish News Syndicate — JNS.org — an international wire service covering the Jewish world and Israel. He’s also a senior contributor for The Federalist, and a columnist for Newsweek, the New York Post, Haaretz and Israel Hayom, as well as writing regularly for other publications such as the Washington Examiner and Commentary magazine. In his writing he covers on a daily basis the American political scene, foreign policy, the U.S.-Israel relationship, Middle East diplomacy and the Jewish world.
He is also the host of a weekly podcast “Top Story With Jonathan Tobin,” available on JNS.org, iTunes, Spotify, Amazon and Google podcasts as well as YouTube.
Previous to becoming editor of JNS, Mr. Tobin was executive editor and then later senior online editor and chief political blogger for Commentary magazine. Prior to that he was editor in chief of the Jewish Exponent in Philadelphia and before that the editor of the Connecticut Jewish Ledger.
Mr. Tobin has won more than 50 awards for his writing including being named top columnist for Jewish publications many times, including 2018 and 2019. He appears regularly on television commenting on politics in the United States and Israel, foreign policy and Jewish affairs and lectures on college campuses and to Jewish communities.
Mr. Tobin was born in New York City, attended local schools and studied history at Columbia University
Janis L. Ware
Janis L. Ware a native Atlantan, she graduated from historic Booker T. Washington High School and was one of the first African American females to graduate from the University of Georgia’s prestigious Terry College of Business. She recently earned a MBA in Project Management from American InterContinental University and completed NeighborWork’s Achieving Excellence Program facilitated by Harvard University in 2012.
Additionally, a multi talented and dynamic entrepreneur, Janis is the Publisher of The Atlanta Voice Newspaper that has served the Atlanta community since 1966 that provides news and information on matters of concern to the African American community. Janis began working for the paper after college and took over the organization after the death of her father, J. Lowell Ware in 1991. The Atlanta Voice has transitioned to online coverage, electronic distribution and digital content production. The Atlanta Voice has served Metropolitan Atlanta for over 56 years.
Those who know Janis Ware know of her passion for community economic development. As the Executive Director of SUMMECH Development Corporation, a position she has held since 1991, she is recognized throughout the Atlanta housing community as one of the first urban pioneers willing to make a difference by building affordable homes for first time homebuyers in the Mechanicsville neighborhood. Under her direction, the organization has developed more than 1700 housing units independently and in partnership with for-profit developers. Janis Ware exemplifies humility and outstanding leadership in every role she performs. Understanding the importance of public/private relationships, Ms. Ware has established many viable partnerships and collaborations among the civic, business, housing and residential communities. She has received numerous honors and awards for her initiatives and efforts that have helped to transform the community and set an example for others who will follow her.
Janis L. Ware currently serves as the First Vice Chair of the National Newspaper Publishers Association and Treasury of Local Media Association, Chairman of the Board of Southside Medical Center, Chairman of Metropolitan Atlanta Land Bank Authority and serves on the board of Atlanta Technical College.
She has served in numerous leadership positions including Board Chair of the Atlanta Housing Authority; the Empire Real Estate Board; the City of Atlanta’s Beltway Steering Committee; the City of Atlanta’s Zoning Task Force; and a Board Member of the Atlanta Business League. Ms. Ware has been honored with numerous recognitions including: one of the Atlanta Business League’s 100 Most Influential Women, Who’s Who in Black Atlanta, Atlanta Magazine’s Women Making Their Mark Award, and was most recently inducted into the Atlanta Business League’s Hall of Fame.
David A.M. Wilensky
David A.M. Wilensky is the digital editor of J. The Jewish News of Northern California (jweekly.com). where he writes about Jewish religion and culture. He is a former editor of New Voices Magazine and has freelanced hither and thither. He lives in San Francisco and is the co-founder of the Facebook group Star Trek Jewposting.