Lisa Hacker

Some people are fortunate to never have to work a day in their life.

Lisa Hacker, Jewish Federation of Cleveland’s director of women’s philanthropy, is one of those lucky few.

“I feel as if I have the best job,” Hacker said. “I get to combine my passion with my work, and make a huge impact in the community at the same time.”

Hacker oversees the three sectors involved in women’s philanthropy at the Federation. These sectors include outreach and engagement, leadership development and campaigns.

The Federation’s annual Campaign for Jewish Needs always has been successful. But Hacker found a way to raise the bar by raising more than $4.2 million. The funds go toward the betterment of the Federation and its beneficiary organizations.

For outreach and engagement sector, Hacker attempts to make women feel connected with the Jewish community. For the signature outreach event, the women’s spring luncheon, she obtained Marne Levine, COO of Instagram Inc., as the featured speaker. The event attracted more than 800 people.

Hacker also makes sure the next generation is ready to lead the charge for Judaism. She attempts to remove barriers for women so they can feel confident in leadership positions within the Jewish community.

When asked if she had a favorite sector, Hacker said, “I honestly believe that all three weave together, which makes it amazing to see how the connections made between each sector make up woman’s philanthropy.”

At a Glance

Age: 34

As a professional: Jewish Federation of Cleveland

Synagogue: Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple, Fairmount Temple Young Professionals Group

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