Being a Jewish leader is about building community through personal relationships. I can tie my entry into the D.C. Jewish community to one individual who encouraged me to get involved. Through what she likely thought was a simple gesture, she awakened in me a latent desire to become an active community member. As a Jewish leader I aim to awaken a similar sentiment in others. I view every conversation with a Jewish young professional as an opportunity to help them find meaningful engagement – whether through volunteering, attending Shabbat services, or starting a new initiative – and thus build community.
Audrey Horn is a manager at Avalere Health, an advisory services firm. She serves as vice chair of leadership and education on The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington’s Young Leadership Board and as a committee member of Mitzvah Mavens. She volunteers as a docent at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and is a member of the Hillel Board at Washington and Lee (W&L) University. Horn attended the Birthright Alumni Leadership Mission in 2011 and staffed a Birthright trip in 2012. A graduate of W&L with a B.A. in English, she will be starting an MBA program this fall.