Nancy K. Kaufman

Nancy K. Kaufman

Senior Advisor


  • JFK School of Government at Harvard University, MPA
  • Boston College School of Social Work, MSW

  • Brandeis University, BA


Nancy K. Kaufman has had a distinguished career as a public servant, advocate, and non-profit leader. Kaufman now runs a strategic consulting and coaching practice, having stepped down as CEO of National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) where she served from 2011-2019. Prior to joining NCJW, Kaufman served as the executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of Boston for twenty years, where she led the social justice, Israel advocacy, and governmental affairs agendas for Boston’s Jewish Federation and its agencies. Kaufman is on the SRE Network's leadership team where she serves as Senior Advisor. In January 2022, President Biden appointed Kaufman to serve as a Commissioner on the US Commission for the Preservation of America's Heritage Abroad.

Kaufman, a magna cum laude graduate of Brandeis University, received an MSW in community organization and social planning from Boston College School of Social Work, and a mid-career master’s in public administration from the JFK School of Government at Harvard University. She is a recipient of an honorary doctorate in public service from Northeastern University. Among other honors, she received the Alumni Achievement Award (1987) and the Bernard Reisman Award for Professional Excellence (2011) from the Hornstein Program at Brandeis University.