Meet the Leadership

Leah Trosch, President, Women’s Philanthropy

Leah is a native Detroiter and has been involved with Detroit Federation for over 20 years. Prior to becoming President of Women’s Philanthropy, she served as Education Vice President, and Co-Chaired the first Mosaic Mission, the Lion Division Campaign, Recruitment for the International Lion of Judah Conference, and many of Women’s Philanthropy’s engagement programs. She also served on Federation’s Israel and Overseas Committee and Co-Chaired the inaugural Maimonides Mission along with her husband.

Leah attended Hillel Day School of Metro Detroit, the University of Pennsylvania, and she received a Master’s Degree in Architecture from Harvard University. Leah married her high school sweetheart 30 years ago and together they have three adult sons.

“My involvement with Women’s Philanthropy has been, and continues to be, fulfilling on so many levels. I have met and worked with so many amazing and dedicated women in our community. I’ve been given the privilege to take a role in strengthening our Jewish community, both in Detroit and Israel, and to work side-by-side in sharing that privilege with the women in our community. It’s all about sisterhood!”

Sue Kaufman, Campaign Chair, Women’s Philanthropy

Sue grew up in the Detroit area and has been involved in Federation and the Jewish Community since the late 70’s. She is a lawyer by education but her passion is the Jewish community at home, in Israel and around the world. Sue’s involvement with Federation has opened up a whole new world for her and spending time with Federation’s Partnership2gether family in Israel has been a highlight.

“As Women’s Philanthropy’s Campaign Chair, my efforts will improve Jewish lives.”

Amy Neistein, Director, Women’s Philanthropy

Amy recently celebrated 20 years with the Detroit Federation.  Prior to Women’s Philanthropy, she was the Director of Federation’s Israel & Overseas Department and the Neighborhood Project.

Amy received a Master’s Degree in Jewish Communal Service from Hebrew Union College (HUC) in Los Angeles, and an Honorary Doctorate from HUC for 25 years as a Jewish Communal Professional. Amy’s husband, Howard, is also a Jewish communal professional with the Detroit Federation, and they have 3 adult sons: Gabe, Max, and Zach.

“When I settled in Detroit 22 years ago after living in four other Jewish Communities, I understood that we had found a special, unique community to call our home.  The vision, resourcefulness and commitment of the Detroit Jewish community are a source of pride, and it is a privilege to work with Women’s Philanthropy.”

Jessica Goodwin, Associate Director, Women’s Philanthropy

Jessica was born and raised in Detroit and has worked at the Jewish Federation for nine years. She has been involved with the Jewish community her entire life; as a Tamarack camper, active BBYO participant, a JCC camper and counselor, and more. The Detroit Jewish community has always played a central part in her personal life.

Jessica has a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from Michigan State University and lives in Southfield with her husband, Justin, and two boys, Yoni and Ari.

“Working with smart, strong, talented, fun, and passionate women who care deeply about strengthening our Jewish community has been a real gift. I feel very fortunate to be able to work for the community in a professional capacity.”

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