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					                         The Spruce Foundation
                           Board of Directors
Spruce is run by an all-volunteer group of 14 rising stars in Philadelphia’s
 professional community who are dedicated to leveraging their skills to
         build a promising future for Philadelphia’s at-risk youth.


                           Ari Kushner, President
                           Ari Kushner is President of The Spruce Foundation, which supports at-
                           risk youth and cultivates the next generation of philanthropists and
                           charitable-minded leaders in Philadelphia. Ari is a former Director and
                           recent addition to the Board at Friends of Ofanim, an organization that
                           supports education for students in Israel's remote periphery by
                           converting buses into high-tech mobile classrooms.

                            Born and raised in Center City Philadelphia, Ari is a James B. Angell
                            Scholar and 2005 graduate of the University of Michigan Honors
Program. After attending university, Ari worked for Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, a nonprofit
consulting firm advising philanthropic donors, in New York City. Since then, Ari's work in the
philanthropic sector has been focused on grant making, strategic partnerships, nonprofit
management, and “next gen” engagement. In his spare time, Ari is also a musician in
Philadelphia's blues-rock band, Kensington Sound House.

                           Sara Aronchick Solow, Vice President and
                           Treasurer
                           Sara Aronchick Solow is a law clerk for the Honorable Anthony J.
                           Scirica on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. She
                           graduated Yale Law School in 2011, receiving prizes for her work in civil
                           litigation and in international law, and Yale College in 2005, summa cum
                           laude.

                           Sara has worked as a financial analyst at Goldman Sachs and a
                           research associate at the Center for American Progress. She has also
spent time at the United States Office for the Solicitor General, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the
Southern District of New York, and the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office. In 2008, she was a
member of the economic policy staff for Barack Obama's campaign and Presidential Transition
Team. In Philadelphia, Sara is Vice President of the Spruce Foundation, a Board Member of the
Anti-Defamation League, a member of Philly CORE Leaders, and Provisional-Chair-Elect of
the Junior League of Philadelphia.
                           Josh Cohen, Secretary
                           Josh is in his third year as a member of the Board of Directors of The
                           Spruce Foundation and his first on the Executive Committee. A real
                           estate attorney for the international law firm Greenberg Traurig, LLP in
                           Philadelphia, Josh often works with clients to develop housing projects
                           for low and moderate income families and seniors. Prior to returning to
                           Philadelphia in 2008, Josh volunteered with organizations focused upon
                           the enrichment of at-risk youth, including the Boys and Girls Club and
                           has been an active participant in several political campaigns and
                           offices. Josh grew up in a suburb of Philadelphia and graduated from
                           Akiba Hebrew Academy in 2001. He also obtained his BA from
                           Washington University in St. Louis and his JD from The George
                           Washington University.

                           Jenn Curren, Partnership Co-Chair
                           Jenn Curren, a graduate from the College of New Jersey, is a former
                           educator who taught locally in New Jersey and abroad in Thailand. She
                           relocated to Philadelphia in 2009 to attend the University of
                           Pennsylvania's School of Social Policy and Practice to obtain a Master's
                           degree in Social Work. During her studies she was introduced to the
                           Spruce Foundation and has become a member of the Partnership
                           Committee. She currently works for Resources for Human Development
                           in the School-Based Behavioral Health Program where she supports
                           Kindergarten to 8th grade students in Philadelphia. In her free time she
                           enjoys traveling, distance running, yoga, volunteering, and reading.


                           Brittni Devereaux, Leadership Chair
                          Brittni Devereaux is a marketing and client relationship management
                          professional with experience spanning both the for-profit and non-profit
                          sectors. She currently serves as a Client Manager for Mercer, a
                          leading global provider of HR consulting, outsourcing and investment
                          services. She is responsible for providing support for the ongoing
                          management and development of client relationships, new business
                          development and external marketing activities. Brittni graduated with
                          highest honors from University of Michigan in Ann Arbor with a Bachelor
                          of Music in horn performance and education; and from Temple
University with an MBA in marketing and strategic management.

In Philadelphia, Brittni is an active member of Women’s International Leaders, a group dedicated to
empowering women globally; Net Impact, a global network of leaders who are changing the world
through business; Philadelphia Wind Symphony, a 55 piece volunteer ensemble; and The Spruce
Foundation, where she currently chairs the Leadership Committee.
                            Rachael Eisenberg, Partnership Co-Chair
                         Rachael Eisenberg graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor's
                         in Psychology in 2009. She worked as a MacArthur Foundation Models
                         for Change Project Assistant with the Defenders Association of
                         Philadelphia - Juvenile Unit before returning to law school, in which she
                         is currently enrolled at Temple University Beasley School of Law. She is
                         the Director of the Law Student Advocacy Service, providing
                         representation for Philadelphia students in transfer and expulsion
                         proceedings. She joined the Spruce Foundation in 2009 and currently
                         serves as the Partnership Committee Co-chair and as an active board
member. Ms. Eisenberg is a Philadelphia native and is working to find new ways to give back to
her community.

                            Elise Garber, Development Chair
                            Elise Garber became involved with the Spruce Foundation in
                            2011. She is currently a junior associate with the law firm Ansa
                            Assuncao in center city Philadelphia. Ms. Garber earned her JD from
                            the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 2011 with a Certificate in
                            Business and Public Policy from The Wharton School. While at Penn
                            Law, Ms. Garber was an Associate Editor for the Penn Law Journal of
                            International Law., and a Penn Law Morris Fellow, acting as orientation
                            assistant and advisor for incoming students. Ms. Garber was Vice
                            President of the Animal Law Project, and received a Pro Bono Service
Award upon graduation for her work. She was also a member of the Penn Law International Law
Organization and Penn Law Women’s Association. Before entering law school, Ms. Garber earned
her BA, cum laude, from Bryn Mawr College, majoring in history and minoring in Italian language
and cultural studies. She is an active participant in the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society, and
has held charitable events for that cause. She is also actively involved with pro bono legal work
and is always seeking out ways to give back to the community.

                            David Gloss, VP and Communications Chair
                              A passionate social entrepreneur, mobile application developer, and
                             social gaming guru, David Gloss is currently the CEO and Co-Founder
                             of Here's My Chance, an interactive cause marketing agency creating
                             social good campaigns for both for profit and non profit clients. Before
                             starting HMC, David began his career in Washington D.C. as a market
                             entry specialist, then developed expertise in leveraging social and
                             interactive media for social change. David’s eye for mobile applications
                             and social gaming strategies led him to Ryzing, a social gaming
                             company that allows players to win cash and prizes while supporting
charitable organizations; and to Yellowbook.com, where he helped establish a dynamic online
portal to foster stronger connections between small businesses and consumers.

David holds an MBA in International Business from Temple University, Fox School, and a BA in
Political Science from Dickinson College. He is the Mobile Application Board Advisor of Zagster,
a TechStars company and the Executive Chair of The Spruce Foundation, cultivating the next
generation of Philadelphia's philanthropists and youth advocates. Most recently, David was named
one of the “Top 12 Entrepreneurs to Watch in 2012” by the Philadelphia Business Journal.
                           Menaka Hughes, Events Chair
                          Menaka Sampath Hughes became involved with the Spruce
                          Foundation in 2011. She is currently a Buyer at the Cadence Watch
                          Company, where she designs and coordinates the company’s timepiece
                          inventory. Menaka earned a B.S. in Political Science at the University of
                          Pennsylvania, minoring in Consumer Psychology. While at Penn,
                          Menaka acted as House Council Treasurer and participated as a tutor
                          with the West Philadelphia Tutoring Project. Menaka has organized
                          several events for charitable causes, including a charity art sale that
                          benefited the families of genocide victims in the Sudan. She is
                          particularly passionate about improving the welfare of children and is
                          thrilled to be able to utilize her event planning talents to that end.
Apart from her work and charitable endeavors, Menaka enjoys spending time with her husband
Evan and Labrador puppy BamBam, gorging on Italian food, rock climbing, fashion illustration and
design, and napping. She is also an Advanced Open Water Diver and hopes to get her Lobster
Diving License one day. Yum!


                           Emily Foote
                           Emily Foote is the co-founder and VP of Curricular Design at ApprenNet
                           LLC. Both an educator and attorney by training, she's a graduate of the
                           University of Pennsylvania's School of Arts and Sciences, as well as
                           Penn's Graduate School of Education and Drexel Law. Before law
                           school, she taught two years as a Teach for America corps member
                           and later at the nationally recognized charter organization,
                           KIPP. During law school she was an Education Pioneer fellow who
                           worked on the development of the first independent graduate school of
                           education to be credentialed in NY State in more than 80 years. Prior
                           to joining ApprenNet, Emily practiced education law.



                           J Rudy Flesher
                           J. Rudy Flesher, a Philadelphia based performing artist and author,
                           holds a B.A. in Women’s and Gender Studies from The College of New
                           Jersey, and is an award-winning feminist scholar. He is currently writing
                           his first book, an essay collection on the daily experiences of a
                           genderqueer life. He will also be published in the forthcoming anthology
                           “Beyond Masculinity.” In addition to The Spruce Foundation, he serves
                           on the boards of the William Way LGBT Community Center and
                           Young Involved Philadelphia, and is active in local politics.
                           Finally, Rudy is the proud human companion to a rescued pit bull
                           named Sister Patterson Grace.
                          Lee Garber, Co-Founder
                            Lee is an Associate at NewSpring capital, a family of funds providing
                            growth and expansion capital to IT, enabling technology, business
                            services and healthcare companies and mezzanine capital to a range of
                            business service and manufacturing firms. Previously, Lee was a
                            Summer Associate with OMERS Private Equity, the direct private equity
                            group of the Ontario Municipal Employee Retirement System, a $50
                            billion Canadian pension fund, focused on middle market leveraged
                            buyouts. Lee was also a Senior Analyst with Versa Capital
                            Management, a distressed and special situations private equity fund,
where he worked on acquisitions and portfolio company operations across a variety of industries.
Prior to Versa, Lee was with Ernst & Young LLP's Assurance and Advisory Business Services
practice working in industries including insurance (life), gaming, government contracting and
benefit plans. Lee received his MBA from NYU Stern with specializations in Finance and
Entrepreneurship & Innovation and received his BSBA with majors in Finance and Accounting from
the Olin School of Business at Washington University in St. Louis. He is also a Certified Public
Accountant (inactive). Lee is a co-founder, past Chairman and past Treasurer of The Spruce
Foundation.


                          Josh Schwartz, Co-Founder
                          Josh is a co-founder and board member of The Spruce Foundation. As
                          an attorney at Eisenberg, Rothweiler, Winkler, Eisenberg and
                          Jeck, Josh represents victims of tortious conduct in wrongful death and
                          catastrophic personal injury matters including medical malpractice and
                          products liability. Josh also serves on the Board of Governors of the
                          Pennsylvania Association for Justice as the Eastern District liason for
                          the PAJ Future Leaders.
                          Josh is a 2005 graduate of Penn State University and a 2008 graduate
                          of Widener Law.


                         Tamar Silberberg, Co-Founder
                         In addition to being Co-Founder, past president and current Board
                         Member of The Spruce Foundation, Tamar Silberberg was General
                         Manager at First Flavor, Inc., a taste-based marketing company. Prior
                         to her time at First Flavor, Silberberg served as the Congress
                         Coordinator for Comtec Convention and Special Events, an
                         international event production company. She received her
                         undergraduate degree in sociology, with a concentration in Public
                         Relations from Boston University, before earning her MBA from
                         Temple University’s Fox School of Business' Tri-Continent MBA
                         Program. Tamar currently lives in Philadelphia with her husband and
                         two boys.

				
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