JLC confirms Claudia Mendoza and Michelle Janes as permanent Co CEOs

The Jewish Leadership Council (JLC) today announces that its interim Co CEOs, Claudia Mendoza and Michelle Janes, have accepted their roles on a permanent basis.

The pair were appointed on an interim basis in June 2020 following the departure of former JLC CEO Simon Johnson, whilst continuing their existing positions of Director of Policy and Public Affairs and Executive Director of Lead. Following a thorough internal process, JLC  trustees agreed that Claudia and Michelle had both impressed and excelled in their roles and were the right candidates for the challenges ahead.

This is the first time that a major Jewish communal organisation in the UK has appointed Co CEOs. This model of leadership has been welcomed by the JLC membership and praised by community leaders for demonstrating flexible, diverse, and innovative approaches to communal leadership.

JLC Chair Jonathan Goldstein said “I am delighted that Claudia and Michelle have agreed to continue as Co CEOs of the Jewish Leadership Council.  Since being appointed six months ago, they have led the organisation through a highly turbulent period with great determination, collaboration and skill. I look forward to working with them to advance the community’s strategic ambitions as we continue to support our member organisations and the recovery of the Jewish charitable sector. I’d like to also pay tribute to the Commission on Women in Jewish Leadership, established by my predecessor Sir Mick Davis to address the lack of women in senior roles in the community, which undoubtedly helped pave the way for today’s exciting announcement.”

Claudia Mendoza said “It’s a great privilege to be asked to lead the Jewish Leadership Council and a pleasure to be doing it jointly with Michelle. The last few years have been politically challenging for our community and more recently on a strategic level, but I never cease to be inspired by the work of our members, our team, and the lay and professional leaders across the community. As we emerge from these twin crises, I want to bring my knowledge and experience of communal policy and infrastructure to promote a flourishing British Jewish community.”

Michelle Janes said “Working together with Claudia during this challenging time has highlighted to me the huge potential for the future of our community. I am excited about the many innovative and creative opportunities open to us in the years ahead.  Our members are at the heart of everything we do, and I look forward to supporting them in the recovery from this global crisis.  Claudia and I have an ambitious vision for the JLC and its central role in the sustainability and vibrancy of the Jewish Community.  We are grateful for visionary leadership of our Chair Jonathan Goldstein and the continued support from our trustees and members.”