The Jewish Community Council of the Rockaway Peninsula (JCCRP) has announced the appointment of Allison Deal as its Executive Director.
“After conducting a thorough search, Allison was the clear choice to lead the JCCRP,” said Board President Mr. Richard Altabe. “She is a leader who possesses keen insight into the challenges our community faces and has the capabilities necessary to address them. The Board and I have no doubt that the organization will be in exceptionally skilled hands with Allison serving as Executive Director.”
Prior to joining the JCCRP Allison has experience working both at the Orthodox Union and Met Council and brings a passion supporting those in need. At the OU, Allison worked with kosher food pantries across the country, helping communities start food pantries and assisting them with valuable resources to support their work At Met Council, Allison was the director of the food program and was responsible for the procurement and distribution of 2.2 million pounds of food and a $7 million dollar budget. She transitioned the network food pantries to a client choice model, which JCCRP adopted under her tenure. Allison has also worked with Agudath Israel of America as well as foundations, federations, and government sources to secure critical funding and to streamline critical processes. Working closely with communities on a national basis, Allison strategized and came up with solutions to complex problems. “I am excited to work with the highly skilled staff at JCCRP to ensure the community continues to provide top quality services to those who need it most,” said Mrs. Deal. “It is important to me that we continue the JCCRP mission to assist those in need and advocate for our community with tact and dignity.”
Mrs. Deal is a graduate of Yeshiva University and earned an M.B.A. from Touro University. She is also a graduate of the Chesed Leadership Program, a fellowship for Orthodox women who run nonprofit organizations. The CLP is a joint program of Touro’s Lander College for Women and the Touro Graduate School of Social Work. The Fellowship Director, Cynthia R. Darrison, said, “Allison is one of those people who sees problems in the community and finds solutions. She is a natural at networking to benefit her work and is able to unite people and organizations to work on common goals.”
Allison Deal follows Moshe Brandsdorfer, who led the organization over the last five years. Deal, a mother of four, is a resident of the Far Rockaway-Lawrence community. “There were many strong candidates and the Board of Directors did a great job in making this selection. I am confident about passing the baton to Allison and I thank the staff, board, Rabbanim, schools and elected officials for five amazing years,” commented Mr. Brandsdorfer.
“We are very grateful for everything Moshe has done for the JCCRP over the past five years, and we will miss his dedication, leadership and guidance,” said Mr. Altabe. “We are excited to have Allison lead the team now. Her background will allow her to seamlessly continue the existing assistance programs, and her broad community-minded vision will benefit JCCRP and the entire community.”