Chief Executive Officer
Steve is responsible for carrying out the mission of the Jewish Federation and ensuring its longterm strength and effectiveness. He leads the organization on a day-to-day basis, working closely with senior leadership, the Federation / UJF Board, and the professional staff. Steve joined Federation in 2016, originally serving as COO before being named Chief Executive in 2021.
Prior to Federation, Steve was a business leader in the automotive parts distribution industry. He has also been active in the Detroit Jewish community, serving on the boards of Hebrew Free Loan and Temple Israel. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan, Ross School of Business.
Chief Financial Officer
Dorothy has overseen the financial operations of the Jewish Federation and United Jewish Foundation for almost twenty years, and has served as Chief Financial Officer since 1996. Dorothy oversees the Federation and Foundation’s assets totaling almost $600 million, and assures that the organizations adhere to the highest standards of fiscal responsibility.
She is responsible for establishing financial policies and procedures, for financial reporting and budgeting, and for handling all banking, insurance and real estate matters. In her role she works with professional advisors and volunteers and coordinates the activities of the organizations’ six financial committees, including Audit, Finance, Investment, Pension and Insurance, Real Estate and Receivables. Internally, she supervises the Federation’s accounting, information technology, human resources, and property management functions. Additionally, Dorothy serves as Treasurer of The Jewish Fund. Prior to joining the Federation in 1994, Dorothy worked in public accounting for several years. She is a Certified Public Accountant and earned a BBA Degree from the University of Michigan School of Business.
Chief Officer of Strategic Partnerships
Howard joined the Federation in 1994, and has served as its Chief Officer of Strategic Partnerships since 2014. He oversees all governance processes, including the Federation and Foundation Boards, and the Federation’s Executive Committee. Neistein is responsible for the Federation’s Planning and Agency Relations processes for the Federation’s local and overseas agencies, and for the community’s Security Program.
Prior to coming to Detroit, Neistein worked at the Federations in Milwaukee, Phoenix and Los Angeles, where he held a myriad of assignments in Campaign, Planning, Leadership Development and general community organization. He holds a Master’s Degree in Jewish Communal Service and an Honorary Doctorate in Jewish Communal Service from the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion. He also holds a Master’s and an Educational Specialist (EDS) from the State University of New York in Albany and Bachelor’s degrees from the State University of New York in Binghamton.
Chief Marketing Officer
Ted Cohen focuses on strengthening JFMD’s Annual Campaign, as well as the growth of their digital capabilities and online marketing channels. He has also helped redefine and reenergize the Federation Brand, which has become a central catalyst in the resurgence of Jewish Detroit.
Ted began his career in the film and television industry, where he was an award winning cinematographer for a number of years before moving full-time into advertising as Senior Art Director at Philip Johnson and Associates. Since then, he has held a variety of marketing roles, most recently as Creative Director of the San Francisco based agency The Linus Group before moving back to his hometown of Detroit, Michigan to lead the marketing group at the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit. He holds an MFA from the USC School of Cinema-Television, and a BA from the University of Michigan.