David Kurzmann, Executive Director
David Kurzmann joined the Jewish Community Relations Council of Metropolitan Detroit (JCRC) as its executive director in October 2015 after spending nearly a decade as a professional in the Chicago Jewish community. The following July, JCRC formed an innovative partnership with American Jewish Committee (AJC) to better serve the Detroit community. David now directs JCRC/AJC: A Partnership for Community Relations and Jewish Advocacy.
Prior to joining JCRC/AJC, Kurzmann worked as assistant regional director of the Anti-Defamation League’s Greater Chicago/Upper Midwest Regional Office. At ADL, he coordinated and facilitated the agency’s Confronting Anti-Semitism and Words to Action programs, which empower Jewish students to address bias in their communities. His responsibilities also included campus outreach, law enforcement initiatives, Jewish communal security programs, and the Glass Leadership Institute – a nationally recognized young leadership development program. Before working at ADL, Kurzmann served as program assistant at the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center, where he helped coordinate the museum’s grand opening and later facilitated public programs for diverse audiences.
A native of metro Detroit, graduate of Hillel Day School and member of the founding class of the Frankel Jewish Academy, Kurzmann holds a bachelor’s degree in Hebrew and Jewish cultural studies and political science from the University of Michigan. Currently, he serves on the boards of the Interfaith Community Leadership Council (IFLC) and New Detroit.
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Lauren Herrin, Assistant Director
Lauren Herrin joined JCRC/AJC as its assistant director in November 2017. In this position she oversees the organization’s Government Relations and Israel Advocacy and International Affairs committees and online presence, among other duties.
Prior to joining JCRC/AJC, Herrin spent more than a decade at Marx Layne & Company, a Farmington Hills-based public relations, marketing and digital media agency, most recently serving as a senior account executive. There she provided strategic counsel; coordinated press conferences, ribbon cuttings and other events; developed and implemented public relations campaigns of all sizes; and led social media, marketing and advertising initiatives with clients in the nonprofit, hospitality, professional service and legal sectors.
Herrin received her bachelor’s degree in Communications, with a specialization in public relations, from Michigan State University.
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Beverly K. Phillips, Assistant Director, Public Relations
Beverly K. Phillips has been the coordinator of the agency’s public relations activities since 1995. She is responsible for directing JCRC/AJC’s media relations, promoting the agency’s initiatives and events along with major stories in the Jewish community, facilitating news briefings and interviews, and producing the agency’s printed publications and materials. Phillips also manages JCRC/AJC’s Activist Award Event and annual luncheon for Detroit media.
Before joining the staff, Phillips worked in the marketing and communications sector. She served as an independent consultant for Michigan Bell, where she produced promotional and educational marketing videos, and was an industry consultant for AT&T, managing national accounts. She began her career as a promotions coordinator for WKOW-TV, the ABC affiliate in Madison, Wisconsin.
Phillips received her bachelor’s degree in English and Journalism from Michigan State University. She obtained a teaching certificate from Wayne State University, where she also completed a master’s program in elementary education.
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Sandy Lippitt, Literacy Programs Coordinator
Sandy Lippitt has extensive experience in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors, and has expertise in marketing, logistics and event planning and coordination. She began her career as a consumer products buyer with B & E Wholesale, where she worked for more than over five years. She later worked in marketing for such companies as Clairol and Rubbermaid, and as an event coordinator for Merck Pharmaceuticals, setting up medical demonstrations throughout southeast Michigan. She later became the event coordinator for Avon’s Three-Day March for Breast Cancer.
Lippitt’s non-profit experience includes event coordination work with Lungevity and Tamarack Camps, the latter where she chaired the Send-A-Kid to Tamarack annual fundraiser for two years. She began her work with JCRC/AJC as community relations associate in September 2013, later becoming the literacy programs coordinator in 2015.
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Naomi Levine, Community Relations Associate
Naomi Levine joined JCRC/AJC as community relations associate in early 2015. In this role she works with local Jewish organizations to promote social justice projects and awareness in the community, as well as actively engages with the interfaith and multiethnic communities in greater Detroit.
Levine has worked in the Jewish community for more than 20 years, primarily in the field of education. Her positions at Temple Israel and The Jean and Samuel Frankel Jewish Academy of Metropolitan Detroit involved a variety of functions ranging from classroom instruction to marketing and recruitment.
She received degrees in English, education and sociology from the University of Michigan.
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Corey Young, Office Manager
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