Board Member Institute (BMI)

Our signature program for board members of Jewish communal organizations.


Through this learning journey, current and incoming board members gain the skills and knowledge they need to excel in their roles. Participants receive more than 30 hours of comprehensive curriculum taught by Northwestern University’s Kellogg School Center for Nonprofit Management and practitioners from the Jewish sector. In our cohort experience, board members apply their learning in real-time, connecting and collaborating with other outstanding leaders from across North America.


30 hours of best-in-class executive education, cohort learning, and meaningful applied learning experiences.

Affinity Groups

Small group discussions and a shared space with peers, facilitated by leadership experts.


Kellogg Nonprofit Executive Education Certificate upon completion of the program.


Priority access to continued development opportunities, Boardified resources, and a network of leaders across North America.

Applications & FAQs

Applications are currently closed. Cohort 6 is convening from October 2021 – May 2022. Applications for the next cohort will be announced in Spring 2022.


Program tuition may be covered by the participant, the participant’s organization, the participant’s employer, or another independent funder like a federation, foundation, or individual donor. We are committed to lifting barriers to entry and have financial resources available for those accepted into the program who need help with tuition.

Our BMI Team

Liz Livingston Howard

Director of Nonprofit Executive Education, Kellogg School of Management

Board Member Institute Academic Director

Narkis Alon

Author, Community Builder & Social Entrepreneur. Co-Founder DoubleYou.Life

Women’s Leadership Affinity Group Facilitator

Gail Berger

Deputy Director, Kellogg Center for Executive Women

Dr. Erica Brown

Vice Provost for Values and Leadership Director, Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks-Herenstein Center for Values and Leadership at Yeshiva University

Gali Cooks

President & CEO, Leading Edge

Megan Kashner

Director of Social Impact, Kellogg’s Public-Private Interface

David Matsa

Professor of Finance, Kellogg School of Management

David Marzahl

Leadership Coach & Change Consultant

General Applied Learning Affinity Group Facilitator

Gamal J. Palmer

Founder/Principal, Conscious Builders

Jews of Color Affinity Group Facilitator

Jason Saul

Adjunct Lecturer of Executive Education, Kellogg School of Management

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