Ilana Zafran Walden Chief Strategy Officer


Ilana Zafran Walden serves as Umoja’s Chief Strategy Officer, overseeing the implementation of Umoja’s model. In her role, Ilana works closely with Umoja’s leadership team to ensure that Umoja is providing cutting edge and quality programming to our partners.

Ilana joined Umoja in 2006, serving a year-long AVODAH internship. After completing her internship, Ilana stayed with Umoja, working with students in our academic, leadership and service learning programs. Ilana led the development and implementation of the Restorative Justice Program that Umoja launched at Manley High School and provided training and support to the school’s faculty, discipline team and Restorative Justice staff. Ilana continues to oversee the expansion of our Restorative Justice work in addition to leading the organization wide implementation of Umoja’s strategic plan.

A graduate of the College of Wooster, Ilana has served as a member of the Chicago Freedom School’s Board of Directors and is currently an American Jewish World Service Global Justice Fellow. Additionally, Ilana currently sits on the Editorial Board of Catalyst.