Jackie Frankel Yaakov is Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies's Director of Leadership Gifts. Originally from the Chicago suburbs, Jackie made aliyah with Nefesh B'Nefesh in 2009, and studied in Pardes’s Year Program in 2011-12. Jackie holds a BFA with honors from New York University and an Executive MPA from Columbia University. She is writing a masters thesis at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Before making aliyah, Jackie worked for a variety of non-profits in NYC, enhancing cultural and educational institutions. In Israel, she has worked with non-profits from Haifa to Jerusalem, most recently serving as the USA Donor Affairs Liaison in the International Relations Division at Yad Vashem. Jackie and her husband live in Jerusalem with their three children. Jackie’s writing represents only her own opinions and is not representative of any organization.