JF&CS welcomes new CFO Jeff Holland and CDO Lesli Greenberg

Holland’s professional experience includes leadership roles in general management, accounting and financial management as well as facilities oversight in both the profit and nonprofit sectors. He spent the first eight years of his career in corporate positions, including financial manager with Ingersoll-Rand, general manager with Cintas and financial accounting leader with Owens Corning.

Serving as chief operating officer and then chief financial officer for Lott Industries Inc. of Toledo, Ohio, gave Holland a new source of professional inspiration for leadership in the nonprofit world. For almost 10 years, he managed the financial and operational aspects of this established organization and helped to revive its viability through the economic downturn. He found the opportunity to work in an organization that provides meaningful employment for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities extremely rewarding. 

A native of Detroit, he earned his Bachelor of Science in accounting from Oakwood College and his M.B.A. from the University of Cincinnati. For both personal and professional reasons, Holland and his family decided to move in 2013 to Atlanta, where he joined a start-up public corporation. He found, however, the nonprofit world was where he belonged. 

“Jeff’s rich experience in the disabilities field, coupled with his financial and business acumen, are the perfect combination of skills for the CFO position,” said CEO Rick Aranson. “He is committed to fiscal transparency, accountability and, most important, to the JF&CS mission of providing hope and opportunity to our clients.”

Greenberg has spent the majority of her career working in the nonprofit sector in direct services, development and management. For the past five years, she has served as the development director for the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival (AJFF). The position had her overseeing all aspects of fundraising, including the annual and specialty campaigns, special events, grant writing and major gifts. She also was instrumental in transitioning the AJFF to an independent 501(c)3 from a program under the American Jewish Committee.   

Her passion for human services began in the foster care and adoption units for the DeKalb Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS). After six years there, Greenberg founded The Giving Tree, a nonprofit child placement agency specializing in developing adoptive homes for children in foster care and providing a comprehensive adoption support program for families of special needs children. She then joined Kool Smiles, a national dental company with 139 offices, as director of community services. Greenberg holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Emory University and a Master of Science in community counseling from Georgia State University.

In addition, Jill Cohen has been promoted to director of development. Cohen, who holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing from Tulane University and a Master of Science in finance from Georgia State University, joined JF&CS’s development team in January 2002 after volunteering with the agency for several years. In 2004, she assumed leadership for the annual campaign as associate director. Her accomplishments since then speak for themselves: When she took over the campaign, it raised just under $300,000. The 2016 campaign surpassed its goal and raised more than $1.4 million.  

Greenberg will focus on the agency’s overall development strategy, manage the department and engage in direct fundraising efforts. Cohen will continue to lead the annual campaign, develop programmatic giving opportunities and carry a targeted major gifts portfolio. 

“Lesli’s commitment to human services, her close relationships with community stakeholders and her strategic approach to resource development position her well for continued success,” said Aranson. “With her as CDO, Jill as director and our strong development team, I am most confident in our achievement of our ambitions fundraising goals and overall sustainability.” 


About JF&CS

Established in 1891, Jewish Family & Career Services (JF&CS) offers programs and resources to help improve the quality of life and build self-sufficiency for individuals and families in greater Atlanta. Our vision is a community of empowered lives; our mission, making hope and opportunity happen. JF&CS serves thousands of individuals annually regardless of age, race, religion, national origin or ability to pay. For more information about our entire array of services, please call 770.677.9300 or visit JFCSatl.org. The main office is located at 4549 Chamblee Dunwoody Road in Atlanta.