Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Sasha Krasny was born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. One year before the fall of the U.S.S.R., Sasha and her family emigrated to the United States as political refugees. Sasha enrolled in Hofstra University not long after arriving in the New York area and completed her undergraduate degree in journalism, graduating with honors.

Sasha traveled to Japan and spent a year studying and working, learning Japanese. Upon her return to New York, Sasha joined an advertising agency as a PR and marketing manager. In 2004, Sasha became a Jewish communal professional at UJA Federation of New York, where she served as a Development Executive for almost four years. Sasha integrated her knowledge of the Russian-speaking community in the New York region to cultivate effective relationships with community and philanthropic leaders, refining her skills as she created strategies to generate support for education, community development and major donor investment.

In 2007, Sasha joined the newly established international foundation, Genesis Philanthropy Group (GPG), as their first Senior Project Manager. During her two year tenure at GPG, Sasha was responsible for oversight of grant-making and program implementation by grantees in North America, as part of her multi-million dollar portfolio. In 2009, Sasha moved on to The Jewish Agency for Israel North American Council, bringing her fundraising skills to the international Jewish communal stage. In her current position as Director of Israel and Global Philanthropy, Sasha works with Jewish philanthropic and communal leaders to develop initiatives in support of The Jewish Agency's agenda of strengthening Jewish communities around the world while revitalizing Jewish peoplehood.

In addition to a busy professional life, Sasha never loses sight of her first priority as she raises her three young children in a lively, bi-lingual household in New York City. Sasha is proud to serve as an Executive Board Member for JICNY for the past three years.