The Board of Directors of Camp Young Judaea (CYJ), located in Amherst, NH, has named Jon Spack the new executive director of CYJ, a nurturing, residential summer camp, where kids of all Jewish backgrounds develop meaningful relationships that last a lifetime.
Spack brings over 20 years of experience as a nonprofit executive, specifically dedicated to education and youth development. His experience in strategic planning, staff management, and development will be vital as he works with the CYJ Board of Directors, staff, campers, families, and alumni to define and deliver the future of the CYJ experience. Jon has a deep connection to CYJ, having spent nine summers there as a camper, counselor, and administrator.
“We are thrilled to welcome back Jon Spack as our new executive director,” said Jeffrey Cohen-Laurie, chair of the Board. “The combination of Jon’s professional experience, exceptional communication skills, and deep attachment to CYJ – coupled with his visionary leadership – will propel us as we embark on a strategic plan for our future.”
In his role as executive director, Jon will manage all day-to-day operations, recruitment, programming, and fundraising for CYJ, and is already at work to ensure a smooth transition to a successful 83rd season on the shores of Lake Baboosic.
“I’m honored to have the opportunity to do the work I love, supporting an organization that has meant so much to me and my family,” said Spack. “I’m excited to bring my experience of empowering young people to be the best version of themselves to CYJ.”
Spack most recently served as chief growth officer at Coaching4Change, working with school districts and colleges to build partnerships that deliver high-quality programs complementing school-day learning. He previously served in leadership positions at organizations focused on education and youth development, including Discovering Justice, Spark, Citizen Schools, and Education Pioneers. He earned his MS in Nonprofit Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania, and a BA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.