The Jewish Community Center of Greater Columbus hired Ronnie Conn as its chief operating officer. He began the role July 1. 

Conn previously served as assistant executive director for five years at Westside Jewish Community Center in Los Angeles. In that role, he grew the JCC community through teen and family programming, customer service, implementing successful fundraising strategies and investing in co-workers, according to a news release. 

“It is already clear to me that the Columbus JCC is a truly dynamic and inclusive organization rooted in Jewish values that provides a welcoming community for everyone we serve,” Conn said in the release. “I look forward to partnering with all of the staff, lay leaders and community members as we build from strength to strength.”

The COO position, previously known as assistant executive director, was left vacant by Mike Klapper who became CEO when Carol Folkerth retired July 1. The CEO position was also renamed from executive director. 

Conn has held various administrative roles at the Westside JCC which included executing marketing strategic plans, securing and maintaining donor relations, staff training and team building, overseeing capital campaigns and obtaining grant funding for children, teen and senior programs. He also developed and implemented WJCC’s summer day camp, JCamp. With his recruitment strategy that engaged teens, WJCC saw an increase in JCC Maccabi Games and teen participation. He also launched Jewish learning programs including Jewish Baby University for expectant couples and JExplorers for elementary-age children. 

Conn was born and raised in Los Angeles. He holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology from The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and master’s degrees in Jewish nonprofit management from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and public administration from the University of Southern California, both in Los Angeles.

“Growing and connecting the JCC community from all walks of life is Ronnie’s clear passion,” Klapper said in the release. “We warmly welcome him to our JCC family as he joins our mission to strengthen the individual, family and community.”

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