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Meet Our CEO

Naomi Adler, Esq., CEO, Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia

Naomi Adler, an attorney who specializes in non-profit management and fundraising, became the CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia in May of 2014. Prior to this position, Naomi was the President and CEO of United Way of Westchester and Putnam for six years.  Leading one of the largest and most impactful Jewish Federations in North America, Naomi is focused on mobilizing financial and volunteer resources to successfully address the Jewish community's most critical priorities in Philadelphia, Israel and around the world.

Originally from Rochester, NY, Naomi worked in private practice there after graduating from Mount Holyoke College and SUNY Buffalo School of Law. In 1992, Naomi joined the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office as an Assistant DA.  Her reputation as a successful prosecutor in cases of violence against women and children led to her appointment as director of the critically acclaimed SAFE (Stop Abuse in the Family Environment) prosecutorial program.  Naomi eventually left the formal practice of law to learn the art of fundraising, impactful communal work and non-profit management at the Jewish Federation in Dayton, Ohio; Rutgers University in New Jersey and the United Way of Rockland County New York, where she was particularly known for her relationship management skills as well as her ability to raise significant major and planned gifts.  

Throughout her career, Naomi has been known as a community activist, particularly in the realm of Health and Human Services and Social Justice. She was recognized at President Obama’s 2013 State of the Union address and has testified as an expert in front of the U.S. Congress and at many New York State legislative hearings.  Naomi is also the recipient of numerous awards for her work and leadership in the areas of disaster relief and recovery and community advocacy, and as a champion of job opportunities for people with disabilities.

A featured speaker and presenter, Naomi first gained national attention over 15 years ago for her role in establishing a Hate Crime Task Force for the state of Ohio and as the recipient of The Doris S. Hoffman Outstanding Young/New Attorney Award for New York State by the Women’s Bar Association of New York for her “outstanding achievements within the profession and her significant contributions to her community.”  She has been on a number of local and national non-profit boards including the Hillel Foundation, NCCJ/National Conference, the Community Foundation of Rockland County and the Women’s Bar Association of New York.

On a personal note, Naomi is also known as an accomplished cantorial soloist.  She is most proud of her family, which includes her three baseball fanatic sons, as well as her husband, Rabbi Brian Beal.