Alyssa Bogdanow Arens & Kris Wilson: Circle of Excellence Young Leadership

For bringing her professional expertise, thought partnership, and commitment to Jewish life to CJP. Alyssa — who works by day as a portfolio manager at the One8 Foundation — has been a key volunteer in helping CJP evolve its strategic grant-making and focus on Strategic Investment Priorities over the past year. A rising star at CJP, Alyssa sits on both CJP’s Commission on Strategic Priorities and the Families with Young Children (FwYC) advisory committee. She doesn’t shy away from asking tough questions and is always willing to jump on a call to help brainstorm ideas. Alyssa’s an incredibly supportive and thoughtful leader — and intuitively “gets” CJP’s role as the primary convener of Greater Boston’s Jewish community. 

For flexing his outreach and community building skills to help strengthen CJP. After moving to Boston in 2020, Kris immersed himself — without hesitation — in CJP. A member of the Young Adult Philanthropy Board, he is passionate about helping others find meaning within the Jewish community (especially those who are newer to the area!) and is always willing to share his personal experience and offer guidance. Kris is responsive and thoughtful — and thinks proactively about how he can be the best leader for our community. In his short time in Boston, Kris has already made such a large impact within the young adult community and has proven to be an invaluable member of our volunteer network.