Meet the Leadership Academy: Tara Cherwony

Tara Cherwony

The Leadership Academy is JRA’s new leadership boot camp for young people looking to become more involved at JRA. Together, the 11 participants of the Aleph class are utilizing their unique talents to advance our common cause — supporting the most vulnerable members of our community.

This week we’re getting to know Tara Cherwony:

Where did you grow up? Where did you go to college?

I grew up (and still live) in Cheltenham. I got my Associate’s Degree from Montgomery County Community College in Communications. I am currently at Drexel University working on my Bachelor’s Degree in Corporate Communications and Public Relations.

What’s your day job?

I am the Development and Communications Associate at Federation Early Learning Services (FELS).

Why are you part of the Leadership Academy?

I wanted to find a way to give back to my community and connect with young professionals. JRA is close to my heart since I grew up volunteering there. I love their new initiatives and how great their impact is on the community. Joining the Leadership Academy helps me be a better ambassador for JRA and its mission.

What kinds of projects are you hoping to work on with JRA?

I am currently working on the Marketing Committee, recruiting summer volunteers. I would also like to help with young professional volunteer outreach, as well as the B’nai Mitzvah program.

If there’s one thing you could change about the world, what would it be?

Making college accessible to everyone.

Are there any special JRA memories you’d like to share? Why do you enjoy working at JRA?

I love watching a diverse group of people come together with a common mission. The Leadership Academy training sessions were great because they showed me all of the aspects that go into effective operations management in the warehouse.

Tell me about a project that you are really proud of?

I brought my Hebrew School students and their families to a spring distribution. I was proud that I could bring two parts of my life that I love together, and connect with my students outside of the classroom.

What’s your favorite song to listen to in the warehouse during distribution days?

Anything people can dance to and sing along with! I love 90’s Pop and Motown songs.

What’s your favorite dessert?

Anything with lemon!

Come meet Tara and the rest of the Leadership Academy at our July 9th Food Distribution!