“It has been my honor and privilege to work on behalf of those most in need in our community both as a nonprofit professional and active lay leader. My personal motivation serves to inspire others to engage in volunteer endeavors and philanthropic pursuits.”

- Michele Friedman

Michele Friedman

Michele Friedman
Senior Consultant

As the director of New Camp Initiatives – Foundation for Jewish Camp (FJC), Michele serves as FJC’s point person for all new camps and camps in crisis. She is the creator and director of FJC’s Incubator program, which launched five new camps in 2010 and opened four additional camps in 2014. Since joining FJC in 2005 and before establishment of the Incubator program, Michele was instrumental in helping launch an additional seven Jewish summer camps. As a long-time camp professional, Michele has provided consulting support to more than 20 struggling camps, enabling them to achieve financial success and sustainability. Her camping roots run deep; for 30 years, Michele was the owner of a family-operated business, which operated specialty camps on university campuses across the United States. 

In addition to her role at FJC, Michele also serves as executive director of Summer Camp Opportunities Promote Education, Inc. (SCOPE), a non-profit organization that provides inner-city children the experience of summer camp. In that capacity, she raises more than $1 million in donations and grants annually; SCOPE funds camp scholarships for some 1,500 campers each summer.

Earlier in her career, Michele worked for the Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) in Nassau County, NY, where she was a consultant to and administrator of programs for children with learning disabilities.

Michele’s non-profit experiences focus on another of her lifelong passions – forming and developing new non-profit organizations focusing on youth development. For more than 20 years, she served as a board member and officer of the American Camping Association in New York (ACA-NY). There, she was a founding Steering Committee member and chaired the Tri-State Camp Conference, now the world’s largest conference for camping professionals. A founding board member and past president of Project Morry, a non-profit summer camp and year-round youth development program, Michele is also immediate past president of The Ben Appelbaum Foundation, an organization that mentors emerging entrepreneurs. Her leadership roles in several other non-profit organizations speak to her expertise in developing and nurturing enduring, strong, and sustainable entities.

In recognition of her work on behalf of children in need and the ACA-NY, Michele has received many regional and national awards.

Michele holds a B.A. from Hunter College and a M.A. in Special Education Administration from Teachers College, Columbia University.

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