The Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta has hired Jodi Lox Mansbach for the new position of chief impact officer, effective Wednesday, Feb. 22.
Mansbach will provide executive leadership and strategic vision for Federation internally and in collaboration with the agency’s affiliates and partners, Federation said in an announcement.
“Jodi is a bold and innovative thinker with unique strengths in planning, marketing and nonprofit business,” Federation President and CEO Eric Robbins said. “I deeply believe we will all be invigorated and energized by her leadership.”
Robbins and Mansbach worked together as volunteers more than a decade ago to launch Limmud in Atlanta and the Southeast, an effort for which they shared Federation’s Mary and Max London People Power Award in 2015. Mansbach also won Federation’s Gerald H. Cohen Community Development Award in 2003 and has served on the Federation board.
Most recently, she worked with the city of Atlanta to launch Atlanta City Studio, Atlanta’s first pop-up urban design center, which moves around Atlanta in six-month increments to incubate ideas about city design.
As the vice president for development and sustainability for five years at Jamestown, she was a key player in the development of mixed-use properties in the Southeast, including Ponce City Market, where she led the planning for the rooftop entertainment project. Mansbach also launched Jamestown’s first sustainability program and started and ran the Jamestown Charitable Foundation.
In the nonprofit world, according to her LinkedIn profile, she worked in marketing communications for nonprofit organizations as a vice president of WordOne for four years and spent five years with Acoustiguide, which provides digital audio tours to museums and other cultural sites.
She’s the founder and board chair of ChattahoocheeNow, which works to preserve and improve access to a 53-mile stretch of the river, and is on the boards of the Museum of Design Atlanta and Repair the World. She also has served on the boards of Limmud Atlanta + Southeast and other organizations. She was selected by Outstanding Atlanta, the city’s premier honor for community involvement, in 2001.
Federation said Mansbach will lead initiatives in planning and innovation. She will be asked to develop a new allocations model based on principles of collective impact for Federation’s domestic and overseas partners. She also will help design organizational evaluation tools that measure shared outcomes.
The goal is to realign how Federation relates to its affiliates and expand the view of partnerships in the Jewish and non-Jewish communities.
“Jodi Mansbach brings tremendous depth of understanding of the trends and challenges facing the nonprofit world,” Robbins said. “She is a visionary who gets things done.”