Our Staff

President & CEO

Renée Wizig-Barrios

Renée Wizig-Barrios is the President & CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston, the area’s leading Jewish philanthropic organization.

A native Houstonian, Wizig-Barrios joined the Federation after more than two and a half decades rising through leadership positions in Texas nonprofits. Most recently, she served as the Senior Vice President & Chief Philanthropy Officer for the Greater Houston Community Foundation (GHCF). Wizig-Barrios also previously held the position of Lead Organizer for The Metropolitan Organization. She began her career as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Nicaragua.

Wizig-Barrios has an extensive work history focused on community organizing and individual and community philanthropy. She is known for initiating growth and enacting transformative change. With a background in fundraising, leadership development, community engagement, cross-cultural partnerships, and grantmaking, Wizig-Barrios has been a frequent speaker for leading local and national philanthropic associations and audiences.

Wizig-Barrios is a summa cum laude graduate of Washington University in St. Louis. She and her husband, Alvaro Barrios, have lived in Houston for more than 20 years and have two children, Avi and Alana. They are members of Congregation Beth Israel.

Email Renée 713-972-6770

Senior Management

Taryn Baranowski Chief Marketing Officer Email Taryn 713-972-6730
Roberta Herman Dietrich Executive Director, Houston Jewish Community Foundation Email Roberta 346-699-HJCF (4523)
Suzanne Jacobson Senior VP - Legacy and Major Gifts Email Suzanne 713-972-6761
Jessica Segal Chief Impact Officer Email Jessica 713-972-6740
Karyn Ullman Chief Philanthropy Officer Email Karyn 832-295-6398

Our Staff

Danielle Alexander Director of Kehillah High, Teen Education and Engagement Email Danielle 832-295-6186
Harel Bassan Shaliach Email Harel 832-295-6733
Adele Brady Director of Marketing Email Adele 713-729-7000
Barbara Eisenbaum Graphics Communications Manager Email Barbara 713-972-6732
Emily Feinstein Engagement Manager | Young Adult Division (YAD) Email Emily 713-972-6748
Natalie Ferguson Communications Manager Email Natalie 713-972-6734
Elyse Freed Communications Manager Email Elyse 713-972-6733
Jennifer Friedberg Communications Manager Email Jennifer 713-972-6735
Liz Garza Administrative Assistant Email Liz 713-972-6746
Cynthia Giron Philanthropy Associate Email Cynthia 713-729-7000
Kim Gowen Executive Assistant Email Kim 713-972-6771
Pam Griggs Receptionist Email Pam 713-972-6784
Grady Hughes Database Analyst Email Grady 713-972-6783
Hilary Kamin Managing Director of Leadership and Engagement Email Hilary 713-972-6745
Dora Klaff Events Manager Email Dora 713-972-6731
Lisa Klein Managing Director, Jewish Education Email Lisa 713-972-6741
Rebecca Lindenbaum Engagement Associate | PJ Library Email Rebecca 713-972-6707
Marna Meyer Community Events and Israel Engagement Director Email Marna 713-972-6742
Mari O'Leary Engagement Associate | Honeymoon Israel (HMI) Email Mari 713-972-6747
Julie Roberts Director of Women's Philanthropy Email Julie 713-972-6781
Melia Robertson Administrative Support Manager Email Melia 713-972-6706
Ari Rosen Director of Philanthropy, Annual Campaign Email Ari 713-972-6762
Sara Sandhaus Planning and Allocations Manager Email Sara 713-972-6743
Melina Soroka Donor Relations Manager Email Melina 713-972-6706
Al Tribble Community Security Director, Houston Email Al 773.312.3884
Sarah Williams Director of Early Childhood Education Email Sarah 832-604-4123
Erica Winsor Public Affairs Officer Email Erica 713-729-7000 x 332

Houston Jewish Community Foundation Staff

Roberta Herman Dietrich Executive Director, Houston Jewish Community Foundation Email Roberta 346-699-HJCF (4523)
Hina Ali HJCF Finance Associate Email Hina 346-699-HJCF (4523)
Cindy Anapolsky HJCF Senior Director of Charitable Planning Email Cindy 346-699-HJCF (4523)
Alisha Klapholz HJCF Donor Services Associate Email Alisha 346-699-HJCF (4523)
Renu Roy HJCF Director of Special Projects Email Renu 346-699-HJCF (4523)
Paul Weaver HJCF Chief Financial Officer Email Paul (346) 699-HJCF (4523)