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Cheryl Cook

CEO

Cheryl Cook (She/her) is the Chief Executive Officer of Avodah. 

With over 30 years of experience working across the Jewish community, Cheryl is passionate about developing the next generation of Jewish social justice leaders. Cheryl has overseen some of the organization’s most successful national growth strategies, including the expansion of leadership programs to new cities, the creation of innovative models to elevate Jewish justice voices, and bringing educational resources and conversations into the Jewish community to strengthen Avodah’s work on poverty and social justice in the United States.  She regularly speaks and teaches creating a just Jewish community, generational change, women’s leadership, the importance of equity and inclusion work, creating a workplace culture that is values-aligned and more.

She previously served for nine years as Chief Operating Officer of Hazon, where she played a vital role in guiding the organization through an era of significant growth. She has worked across the Jewish community for her career, at JESNA, New Israel Fund, Hillel of Greater Philadelphia, and at the 92nd Street. She has participated in the Elevate Fellowship:  An Executive Leadership Equity Accelerator, the Ovdim Leadership Fellowship through Kirva, the Selah Leadership program, Advancing Women Professionals Action Learning Team, and the Institute for Jewish Executive Leadership of UJA-Federation of NY and Columbia University.

Cheryl is an active member of her congregation, Congregation Beth Elohim (CBE), and serves on the Leadership Team of the Jewish Social Justice Roundtable. She previously served on the Boards of JPRO and Habonim Dror Camp Naaleh.  She holds an M.A. from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.S. in Social Work from Columbia University, and a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Cheryl lives in Brooklyn, New York with her spouse and their two children. In her free time, she can be found hiking, cycling,  or playing board games.