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Eclipsing Expectations: Lessons from Two Gen Z Executive Directors on Finding Your JOC Leadership Voice

Jews of Color Initiative Los Angeles Professional Network; Community network of JoC for personal, professional, and spiritual growth. Whoever you are, whatever stage your career is at, this is for you!

Join LUNAR Collective Co-Founders and Executive Directors Jenni Rudolph and Maryam Chishti on Wednesday, May 29th, 6-8:30pm PT, as they delve into their leadership journey over the past three years. As two Gen Z Asian American Jewish women spearheading the first national organization serving Asian American Jews, Jenni and Maryam’s story is anything but traditional. Hear their reflections on combating impostor syndrome and burnout, navigating sexism, racial inequity, and age bias in the Jewish professional sphere, and leading this one-of-a-kind Asian Jewish community with joy, humor, and authenticity.


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About the Facilitators:

Maryam Chishti (she/her) is the Co-Executive Director of The LUNAR Collective. Maryam is a fellow of the Ruskay Institute of Jewish Professional Leadership and a graduate of the Jews of Color Initiative’s inaugural Leadership Fellowship. She is also the proud founder of Moishe House Lower Manhattan, where she still lives. Previous work experiences include the Office of Senator Schumer, the NYC Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, and the Hillary Clinton Campaign of 2016. Outside of LUNAR, Maryam writes and performs sketch comedy with Roadhouse Sketch. 


Jenni Rudolph is a Los Angeles-based songwriter, vocal producer, and community-builder dedicated to amplifying untold stories. Raised on the periphery of multiple communities as a mixed race Chinese American Jew, Jenni’s work is inspired by duality, complexity, and authentic connection. She is a Johnny Mercer Songwriters Project alumna, Pat Pattison Songwriting Award scholar, and Berklee College of Music graduate with a B.M. in Songwriting. Jenni’s songwriting has uplifted audiences across the country, from museums (National Gallery of Art, Skirball Cultural Center) and film festivals (Asian American International Film Festival, Cinequest, DisOrient), to TV and other media (The Young & the Restless, Audica, PBS). Her credits include labels (Monstercat Silk, FSOE Parallels, Revelation Records), non-profits (The Canales Project), and various independent artists. Beyond her work in music, Jenni also serves as Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director of the LUNAR Collective, a national organization cultivating connection, belonging, and visibility for Asian American Jews.


The LA Pro Net is grounded in the everyday brilliance of those who attend the programming, creating a space for JoC leaders in the greater LA area to connect, build relationships, and positively impact the local JoC community. The LA Professional Network is supported by generous funding from the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles (JCFLA). 


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Frequently Asked Questions:

What happens at these sessions? 

Teaching, learning, community sharing and building, personal and professional development, all over a delicious dinner together


Do I have to work at a Jewish organization to participate?
No, there is no job requirement whatsoever for you to participate!


Who can come to events?

The Los Angeles JoC Professional Network is intended to be an affinity space for those who self-identify as Jews of Color. Since some events will include alcoholic beverages, all participants must be 21+.


I’m not working right now, is this still a space for me?
Absolutely. Whatever stage you’re at in your career, we’re excited to have you.


Can I bring a friend?

We’re eager to welcome anyone who feels that an affinity space for Jews of Color would be the right fit for them.

Date Posted

May 2024


Jews of Color Initiative