HFNJ Elects Amy Schechner Chair


Two new trustees also elected

The Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey has announced that Amy B. Schechner, Esq. has been elected Chair of its Board of Trustees.  Only the third chair in the history of HFNJ, she follows Beth Levithan and the late Lester Z. Lieberman, Founding Chair.

A graduate of Douglass College of Rutgers University and Delaware Law School of Widener University, Amy has always been involved in helping the underserved.  She worked for about four years as a Deputy Attorney General in the Human Rights Section of the NJ Attorney General’s Office, seeking to promote social justice through legal means.  “I have experienced hard times and good times in my life,” she says, “and strongly believe that if you have the opportunity to work against social injustice and help those who need it, you must do so.  You must always turn around and help the person behind you take that next step forward.”

After a year living in England with her husband, Ms. Schechner returned to this community and became deeply involved in local community agencies, serving in different capacities for the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest, Co-Chair of the Nursery School Board at Congregation Oheb Shalom, and Co-Chair of the Jewish Women’s Foundation of New Jersey.

In 2012 she joined the board of HFNJ, where she immediately applied her skills and her passion for social justice.  Her elevation to Chair of the Foundation follows years as a Vice Chair and Co-Chair of the Grant Evaluation Committee, and, this past year, as First Vice Chair.  “Being Chair of HFNJ gives me the opportunity to work with a wonderful, committed, passionate group of trustees and staff to support positive change through strategic grantmaking,” she said.


Sue Wasserman of Livingston and Elizabeth Cohen of Short Hills were elected to the board as first-time trustees.  Ms. Wasserman worked for approximately 11 years for NCJW Essex, culminating last year as Acting Executive Director.  She now has her own fund development consultation practice.  Ms. Cohen worked as National Director of Major Gifts for the Anti -Defamation League has been deeply involved in local organizations, serving as a trustee for LifeTown, the Golda Och Academy, Jewish Family Service of MetroWest, and Congregation B’nai Israel.

Sue Wasserman (left), Elizabeth Cohen (right)

Last modified: July 15, 2021

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