Executive Assistant, JFO
We are excited to announce that starting April 1, Jamie Skog-Burke will join the JFO team and assume the role of Director of Development. Jamie grew up in Omaha and she and her husband, BJ Burke, decided to come home to Omaha last spring. She credits her first fundraising experiences to leadership roles in Jewish youth movements, serving as both a chair for the BBG Beau Dance committee and as a former OTYG Spaghetti Dinner Chair in the late 90’s. She appreciates that she learned early the importance of giving Tzedakah and the value of fundraising. Jamie looks forward to working with the JFO team and the broader community in the coming years to continue to strengthen our community and increase our JFO donors.
After graduating from Westside in 2001, Jamie received a BA in Vocal Performance and Judaic Studies from the University of Denver. Following graduation, she worked as the youth director at Beth El in 2005 and then went on to study for her master’s in Jewish Education at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York City. For the last 15 years, she has held a number of professional roles in Jewish communities around the country. Fun Fact: she has worked at or visited 16 different Jewish summer camps. For the last four years, she has served as a Hillel campus professional on both the University of Denver and University of Michigan campuses.
Jamie speaks Hebrew and loves to cook foods inspired by Jewish communities throughout the world. Over the course of her professional career, Jamie has visited Israel 14 times. There she developed her love of hiking and her passion for home-cooked food. She and BJ are excited to literally “plant some roots in Omaha” this summer as they try their hand at growing their first garden. She said she “owes many of her formative Jewish memories to the Omaha Jewish community and is honored to be in a position to be able to pay back the community for what she has been given in the past.”
Outside of work, Jamie tries to live an active, healthy and outdoors-oriented life. She loves skiing, swimming, yoga, paddle boarding and afternoon walks around the lake with her husband and little dog Milo. After 17 years away, she is really excited to be back!