Board and Leadership Applications

By Amy Shapiro, Member of Leadership & Organizational Development and Nominating Committees

 April 5, 2023

 As we look toward our next program year, we’re inviting applications for board and other leadership roles! We rely on volunteer community leaders for all of our board governance, direct community service, policy advocacy, and leadership development work. We welcome the opportunity to learn more about you and your interests as we look to fill board positions, committee rosters and the many other volunteer opportunities NCJW Minnesota provides. Current board member Amy Shapiro recently sat down for an interview on her experiences in leadership:


Q: How did you first become involved with NCJW?

A: I originally got involved with NCJW when my aunts were active in leadership with NCJW Minnesota. My Nana, of blessed memory, would also tell me about her involvement with NCJW throughout her life. I heard that they wanted to engage more young adults, I was invited to a couple of events and the rest is history!


Q: What initially drew you toward serving on the board?

A: I was interested in serving on the board because I thought it would be a great opportunity to grow in my own leadership and work with other smart and interesting women on causes I care passionately about. I was able to participate in a Leading for Change series of workshops through NCJW Minnesota and after that experience I knew I was interested in joining the board.


Q: What have you enjoyed most about your board service? What are some of your proudest accomplishments?

A: I really love the fact that it is an intergenerational organization. We have the opportunity to build relationships with other smart, thoughtful and passionate women who want to make change in the world for the better.

I feel proud that I am part of an organization that other Jewish women have been active in for the past 100 years. The same organization that advocated to get women the right to vote is the same organization I’m involved in today, advocating for the issues that matter most to me.


Q: What advice would you have for someone considering serving on the NCJW board for the first time?

A: I would recommend to anyone who is considering applying for leadership involvement, please do so, whether you’re born and raised in MN, new to the area, or anything in between! We have lots of opportunities to serve on committees and build your leadership.

Committee or board service is an excellent way to give back to the community, fight for issues you care about, and build your relationships and leadership skills all at the same time.


Q: What are the biggest opportunities that you see for NCJW in the coming years?

A: So much continues to be at stake. It’s going to take all of us to take action to make the changes we’d like to see in the world.


If you or anyone you know is looking for an opportunity to impact progressive policy and contribute to community equity, please consider joining us! Learn more about board and leadership positions and apply by filling out the NCJW Minnesota Leadership Application or email with any questions.

Applications are open through the end of April.