Nancy K. Kaufman



  • MPA, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 
  • MSW, Boston College, Boston, MA 
  • BA, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA


Nancy K. Kaufman has had a distinguished career as a public servant, advocate, and nonprofit leader. She now runs a strategic consulting/coaching practice having stepped down as CEO of National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) where she served for eight years and reenergized this legacy organization of volunteers and advocates.   

Prior to joining NCJW, Kaufman served as the executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of Boston for twenty-one years, where she led the social justice, Israel advocacy, and governmental affairs agendas for Boston’s Jewish community.  

Among other honors, she is a recipient of an honorary doctorate in public service from Northeastern University, the Alumni Achievement Award (1987) and the Bernard Reisman Award for professional excellence (2011) from Brandeis University, and the Albert C. Chernin award from JCPA (2019). Kaufman was a founding board member of the Jewish Social Justice Roundtable and the Safety/Respect/Equity Network. She is board chair of the New York Jewish Agenda and, in January 2022, was appointed by President Biden to the Commission on the Preservation of American Heritage Abroad.