Meet the YPD Board
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Evan Glantz graduated from University of Missouri-Columbia and is currently pursuing a MBA at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He helped develop the new goals, mission, and communication strategies of Federation’s young adult group before taking over as YPD Board Chair this spring.
Abbi Marks was born in New Orleans, graduated from Hebrew University with a B.A. in Sociology, Anthropology, Education and a MBA in Business Development. A huge part of her identity is being Israeli and serving two years of active duty as an Intelligence Commander and six years in Reserves. Her priority is finding ways to bring young professionals from the community together.
Elliott Kleiman is a St. Louis native and graduated from Metro High School, a magnet school in the city of St. Louis. After graduating from University of Southern California, he moved back to St. Louis to be closer to family and start a company, Mero Properties, which invests in rental properties in the St. Louis area. Elliot serves as property manager. He is an avid sports fan, history buff, and enjoys traveling.
Jason Williams is a Cincinnati native graduating from Eastern Michigan University in 2015 with a degree in Fine Arts. He became an active member of the community in 2016, attending and working several YPD events and eventually designing YPD’s rebrand that launched this August.
Stephanie Cohen grew up in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY, graduated from Emory University Atlanta, GA, with a B.A., holds a M.Ed. from Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a J.D. from Washington University School of Law. When not working as an employment law attorney, she enjoys sports, hiking, reading, and vegetarian cooking.
Richie Gallant, a St. Louis native, graduated from Vanderbilt University and was a member of a leadership/community service scholarship called the Ingram Scholars Program. In March 2018, he purchased his own dental practice, Gallant Dental Group, in the Westport area. He is hoping his passion for entrepreneurship and networking will help YPD grow to new heights.
Becca Near, Coordinator, Young Adult Engagement
BNear@JFedSTL.org | (314) 442-3879
Becca is the lead staff for NextGen, where she oversees the YPD Board, YPD programming, collaborative programming, and NextGen Engagement. Becca has been at the Jewish Federation of St. Louis for four years and is passionate and dedicated to her work. Becca is also part of Cohort Two for JFNAs NextGen Fellowship. She is one of 20 Fellows from the US and Canada. While Becca spends the majority of her time with young adults, she also makes time to hike, travel, cook, and hang out with her friends, husband, and family while always chasing after her toddler.