Leadership

The Safety Respect Equity Network is a fiscally sponsored project of New Venture Fund (NVF).

 

Our Team

Elana Wien

Executive Director

Ventura, California

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About Elana

Elana Wien is the inaugural Executive Director of the Safety Respect Equity (SRE) Network, a national Jewish network mobilized to create safe, respectful, and equitable workplaces and communal spaces, through sharing resources, raising awareness and accelerating a broader cultural shift toward addressing sexual harassment, sexism, and gender discrimination.

A trusted community leader, Elana brings a wealth of experience. Prior to joining SRE Network in November 2019, she served as vice president for the Center for Designed Philanthropy at the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles where she led grant programs and provided philanthropic counsel to individuals and families, overseeing $100M in grants benefiting hundreds of nonprofits over the course of her tenure.

Elana has a strong track record of supporting innovation, building capacity, fostering meaningful partnerships, and taking projects and organizations to scale. With a passion for civil rights, community relations, strategic communications, fundraising and advancing diversity, equity and inclusion, her prior roles have included assistant regional director of the Anti-Defamation League Los Angeles and consultant to nonprofit clients including a regional medical center, a national early childhood think tank, a major LA County community clinic system, and a youth homeless services agency.

Elana graduated magna cum laude from UC Berkeley with a bachelor’s degree in geography and received a master’s degree in anthropology from the Universidad de las Americas as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar to Mexico. Elana is a Wexner Field Fellow (2018-2021), a graduate of the Coro SoCal Women in Leadership Cohort 2, a member of the LGBTQ Professionals Network of Southern California Grantmakers, a member of the SAM Initiative women’s giving circle, and a partner of Social Venture Partners LA. She was featured as an “Amazing Woman in the World of Philanthropy” in local Los Angeles media. Born and raised in Los Angeles, she currently resides in Ventura, California with her wife and children, having also lived in the Bay Area, Washington, D.C., NYC, Brazil, Mexico and Spain.

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Read Elana’s Open Letter to the SRE Community

Guila Benchimol

Senior Advisor, Research & Learning

Toronto, Canada

About Guila

Dr. Guila Benchimol is the Senior Advisor on Research and Learning with the Safety Respect Equity Network. As a researcher and public educator on sexual violence, she has crafted standards and policies for Jewish workplaces, institutions, and communal spaces and has been invited to address Jewish professionals and clergy across Canada and the US, as well as other faith communities.

Guila holds a PhD in Sociological Criminology and an MA in Criminology and Criminal Justice Policy from the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada, completed under the supervision of Dr. Myrna Dawson, Director of the Centre for the Study of Social and Legal Responses to Violence. Her doctoral dissertation examined how victims of sexual violence become advocates and activists against sexual violence, and explored the processes that survivors experience, including victimization and disclosures, which lead them to advocate. Her MA thesis examined the 2011 Kletzky murder in Brooklyn, NY and its impact on the orthodox Jewish community as they discussed addressing communal concerns that arose from the crime and its aftermath. Guila’s first career as a Jewish educator informed her understanding of the need to address victimization of all kinds in Jewish communities. She was the Director of Judaic Studies at Tiferes Bais Yaakov where she also taught grades 9 through 12. She was also the Managing Director for the National Conference of Synagogue Youth in Canada where she founded and directed an international camp for high school girls. She serves as a Research Associate at the Centre for the Study of Social and Legal Responses to Violence where she works on projects related to homicide and domestic violence deaths. She also sits on the board of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP).

Jayme Loving-Wills

Executive & Operations Associate

San Antonio, Texas

About Jayme

Jayme Loving-Wills is the Executive & Operations Associate for the Safety Respect Equity Network. In this role she serves as the administrative point person for the SRE Network, working with the Executive Director to ensure effective operations and consistent communications across SRE Network staff, consultants, board members and community members. Jayme has over 15 years of professional experience, including providing executive level support in the financial services industry. She completed a dual bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Criminal Justice from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas and is working toward a MS in Organizational Development & Leadership from the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas.

Advisory Board

The Advisory Board provides oversight and strategic guidance for the Safety Respect Equity Network. We are grateful to its members for their leadership:

  • Lisa Eisen
    Advisory Board Chair
    President, U.S. Jewish Portfolio
    Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation
  • Robert Bank
    President & CEO
    American Jewish World Service
  • Barbara Dobkin
    Dobkin Family Foundation
  • Aaron Dorfman
    President
    Lippman Kanfer Foundation for Living Torah
  • Sheila Katz
    CEO
    National Council of Jewish Women
  • Nancy Kaufman
    NKK Strategic Advisers
  • Idit Klein
    President & CEO
    Keshet
  • Charlene Seidle
    Executive Vice President
    Leichtag Foundation