Jodi Samuels

Johannesburg, South Africa
Jodi has over 20 years of business management and startup experience. She has worked in the not-for-profit, finance, fashion and beauty sectors. Jodi successfully started two non-profit Jewish organizations including the Jewish International Connection NY (JICNY) that currently boasts 10,000 members from 40 countries. Three years ago, Jodi launched jmedia connections and has successfully built jdeal NY– a Jewish daily deal site , Buy Israel Week - an initiative to combat the BDS movement and jblasts – an email blast network with extensive reach into the US Jewish market. She is the co-founder of MetroImma, an online site for Jewish moms, with over 6000 active monthly members. Her latest initiative is jgives.com a destination site to give charity. Jodi started her first business at age 14. Her expertise in strategic and relationship online marketing has given her the foundation to acquire and retain a strong membership base for her businesses. She is known as a connector and networker in the Jewish community and has an impressive Rolodex of C-level contacts in the business and non-profit sectors. Jodi is an active member of the Council of Young Jewish Presidents. Jodi completed her MBA at Bond University in Australia and holds a Bachelors degree in Psychology from the University of South Africa. Jodi volunteers over 30+ hours a week for the JICNY. She is a hands-on volunteer and ensures that every program is successful and well-managed. Jodi is a mother of 3 great kids and she and her husband, Gavin live on the UWS. They host over 100 people every month for Shabbas meals.