Meet the Women’s Philanthropy Team

Malki Karkowsky
Director, Women’s Philanthropy
Malki has spent more than a decade in the Jewish communal field including Hillel International, The Jewish Federation of Cleveland, BBYO in New England and Hillels at the University of North Carolina and George Washington University.

She has an MBA in non-profit management and is a Maryland native and recently returned to the area with her husband and two children, where she looks forward to strengthening the role of women philanthropists in Greater Washington.

Ari Brickman
Senior Philanthropic Officer, Women’s Philanthropy
Ari has dedicated her career to fostering relationships between people(s) to build vibrant, accessible and inclusive communities. Prior to her move to the Washington DC area, Ari’s work focused on communal capacity-building, most recently at Big Sister Association of Greater Boston. Before that role, she worked at Encounter Programs where she was responsible for designing and implementing programming that focused on the intersection between the Jewish community, Jewish identity, and the manner in which the North American Jewish community engages with Israel.

Ari holds a master’s degree in Coexistence and Conflict Transformation, with a focus on grassroots initiatives and the neuroscience of conflict, from The Heller School for Social Policy and Management at Brandeis University and bachelors’ degrees from Columbia University and The Jewish Theological Seminary.

Jessica Warren
Development Officer, Women’s Philanthropy
Before joining Federation, Jessica spent more than 10 years working for non-profits like Bonfils Blood Center in Colorado and Habitat for Humanity Metro Maryland. There she managed events and community engagement activities. She has a BA from the University of Hartford, CT and an Events Management Certificate from The George Washington University.

Jessica, a Maryland native, has spent much of her career in Colorado. She is excited to be back in her hometown and contributing to the success and vitality of our Jewish community.

Natasha Kaufman Sheme
Assistant for Women’s Philanthropy and Philanthropic Leadership
Natasha joined The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington’s professional team as the Assistant for Women’s Philanthropy and Philanthropic Leadership. Natasha’s primary responsibilities include project management and logistical coordination of Federation’s partnership with The Jewish Women’s Renaissance Project (JWRP), ongoing Women’s Philanthropy events and other administrative tasks.

Natasha hails from New York, and before moving to the Greater Washington area she graduated with a BA in Psychology and Business from Queens College. In her spare time she loves to take dance classes, go to the symphony and paint with acrylics and watercolors. But most of all, Natasha loves the Jewish community and feels proud of the contribution she is able to make to it every day through her work at Federation.