8.23.13 Issue

by Sherrie Saag, Communications, Jewish Federation of Omaha

Justin Zachary “Zach” Spooner recently joined the Federation Campaign team as a Development Associate. Spooner will assist Sharon Kirshenbaum, Campaign Chair and Marty Ricks, Chief Development Officer in the 2014 Annual Campaign.

Zach will assist with young adult donor engagement:

“The goal is to get and keep my age group active and engaged in our community; whether they live away, yet have strong familial ties to Omaha or are like me and have returned after college to make Omaha home.” Zach will also be working closely with the Federation’s Young Jewish Omaha program.

Spooner was born and raised in Omaha and is eager to utilize his knowledge of Jewish Omaha and his lifelong connections to support the mission of the Jewish Federation of Omaha.

Zach is the son of Gayle Milder and Jim Spooner, and the grandson of Fran and Jerry Milder. He grew up in the Leawood neighborhood and hung out after school at Kids Inn and the JCC game room. He remembers being a CDC student when it was located where Jewish Family Service is today and being in the daycare rooms where the Jewish Press offices are now.

Spooner graduated from Burke High School in 2009 and the University of Nebraska Lincoln in 2013 with a double major in political science and history. He was heavily involved in BBYO holding both chapter and regional leadership positions. In the spring of 2011, he was a student at George Washington University while interning for Senator Ben Nelson in Washington D.C.

He believes regardless of where his career takes him, public service will be at the forefront. “I want to be in a position to help the people of Nebraska and my community.”

According to Ricks, in Zach’s cover letter, he wrote, “I can imagine no better way to continue building my Jewish identity than to give back to the community that raised me.”

We can’t imagine a better way, either.