Ilana Zafran Walden Chief Operating Officer

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Ilana Zafran Walden serves as Umoja’s Chief Operating Officer (COO), overseeing Umoja’s day to day operations and long-term strategy.

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. Prior to assuming the role of COO, Ilana lead the development, implementation and expansion of Umoja’s Restorative Justice programming.

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.