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The Shalvi/Hyman Encyclopedia of Jewish Women

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Nancy Schwartz Sternoff

April 15, 1945–January 12, 2019

by JWA Staff
Our work to expand the Encyclopedia is ongoing. We are providing this brief biography for Nancy Schwartz Sternoff until we are able to commission a full entry.

Nancy Schwartz Sternoff. Courtesy of Nancy Sternoff.

 Nancy Schwartz Sternoff dedicated her career to advancing women, non-profits, and the Jewish community. After graduating summa cum laude from Syracuse University and receiving her Master’s from New York University, Sternoff spent her early career in politics, including as a top aide to former Congressman John Miller from 1984 to 1989. She then spent five years as executive director of the Women’s Department at the Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, and was the first and only Women’s Campaign director in any major city to be promoted to vice president at the Federation. Sternoff also chaired the first CJF/UJA Women’s Division Professional Institute. In 1998, she became director of the Dobkin Family Foundation, providing technical assistance to the programs and organizations in the foundation’s portfolio. She launched G&S Consultants in 2011, bringing fundraising, governance, and communications expertise to progressive domestic and international clients. A founding board member of the Jewish Women’s Archive, Sternoff also served on the boards of American Jewish World Service and the Jewish Funders Network. She died on January 12, 2019.

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Nancy Schwartz Sternoff." (Viewed on April 1, 2023) <https://jwa.org/encyclopedia/article/sternoff-nancy>.


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