Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Pereg was the principal of Blich High School between the years 2004-2011. He was recognized as an outstanding principal by the city of Ramat Gan. Prior to that, he was the principal at Amit High School at Bar-Ilan University.

Dr. Pereg has a doctorate from Northeastern University. His doctoral thesis was about effective practices of successful principals in Israeli high schools. He has a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Harvard University and a Masters in Jewish Philosophy (with honors) and a law degree from Bar Ilan University.

Dr. Pereg is a graduate of the Wexner and Eisenhower leadership programs and is the co-chair of the alumni association of the Eisenhower program in Israel. He previously headed the alumni council of the Wexner program in Israel and served on the board of “Avney Rosha”, the Israeli Institute for School Leadership.


Chief Operating Officer

Loni joins Youth Renewal Fund after 10 years at UJA-Federation of New York, where she most recently served as Associate Director in the Wall Street and Financial Services Division. Prior to her time at UJA, Loni worked at UBS in Fixed Income and Lending & Credit, as well as a financial advisor at Stifel Nicolaus. Loni oversees all aspects of Youth Renewal Fund’s fundraising, from young leadership to major gifts. Loni holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from Indiana University, and an MBA from the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College. She lives in New York City with her husband and 2 daughters.


Development & Events Manager

Melissa joins Youth Renewal Fund with three years of experience in event planning and project management. She previously worked as an Associate Event Manager for Neuman’s Kitchen, a full service event planning and catering company in New York City. After two years with Neuman’s, Melissa participated in a teaching program in Thailand, helping kindergarten level students to improve their English language skills. Melissa oversees YRF’s young leadership community and manages all events.

Melissa graduated from the University of Wisconsin at Madison with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications.


Director of Development & Engagement, West Coast

Joey brings a diverse background to our team, having worked as a business owner and entrepreneur in the fashion world. Most recently, she has worked as a community connector with PJ Library and the Jewish Federation. As a former president of the Fashion Industries Guild, she has fundraised extensively for the Department of Pediatrics at Cedars-Sinai, helping to grow and expand the NICU, as well as Pediatric special projects. Joey has a BFA from Washington University and currently lives in West Los Angeles with her husband and son.

Director of Development

Anna joins Youth Renewal Funds after having worked as a Jewish communal professional for over eight years. Most recently, she served as the Director of Development for The OneVoice Movement, leading the strategic fundraising efforts for the US-based development team. Prior to that, Anna worked at the Jewish Federations of North America in the Financial Resource Development sector, where she spearheaded a number of signature Federation fundraising initiatives including the Multigenerational Family Philanthropy Program, Fundraising University (a professionals development program for top Federation fundraisers), and planned large-scale conferences and international mission trips for top Federation donors and professionals. Anna has also spent time working on both the programmatic and fundraising side for a number of NGOs and social service based non-profits in Minnesota, New York, and Tel Aviv focused on assisting vulnerable, under-served, and peripheral populations in those communities. She holds a BA from Smith College in Women and Gender Studies and Jewish Studies and is based in New York City.