A Quick Word With… is our ongoing series in which Communications Network members from a range of organizations tell us about themselves, their work and where they draw their inspiration. This installment features Deena Leventer, communications director, Yad Hanadiv – the Rothschild Foundation in Jerusalem, Israel.
Last year you attended your first Communications Network conference and you’re joining us again this year in Seattle. What inspires you to travel from Israel to the United States for this event?
I guess the Communications Network is what inspires me. Last year was my first year at the conference. Fay Twersky (currently at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and previously at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation) deserves a lot of credit for my being there. Fay spent a year in Israel working with Yad Hanadiv from 2010-2011 and – among the amazing things that she accomplished – was pushing to give communications a more prominent role in the foundation. This included a new perspective on my role and a stress on the importance of professional development and getting out of the small and sometimes parochial world of Israeli philanthropy to look around at what is being done in the bigger wider world.