Meet our Staff

Samara Leader, Senior Regional Director 
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Samara is in her seventh year as the regional staff member for NFTY CWR. She is passionate about making NFTY CWR a place where everyone feels welcome, from first-time NFTYites to seasoned veterans. She greatly enjoys her role mentoring the regional board to create an inclusive environment in NFTY CWR, and outside of events she strives to meet with youth professionals and clergy, and chat with participants to learn how to strengthen the region. During the summer, you'll find her at URJ Camp Newman, and she is looking forward to directing the CIT program in 2017 (her 18th summer at Camp Newman overall). Samara graduated with a Bachelor's Degree from UCLA and earned a Certificate in Jewish Education Specializing in Adolescents and Emerging Adults from Hebrew Union College. In her free time, Samara enjoys traveling, exercise and playing sports, live music and theater, reading, spending time with friends, and playing with her coworkers' dogs.