Best described as an enthusiastic camp counselor, Ellie Spitz is a queer community builder with a passion for creating inclusive space. They are a licensed clinical social worker who believes in deeply interrogating inequities in the system. Prior to coming to SVARA, they spent seven years scaling Mishkan Chicago and nurturing a foundation of community excellence. During that time, Ellie was a recipient of the Samuel A Goldsmith Award for their efforts in the field of Jewish communal service and was named one of Chicago’s 36 under 36 by OyChicago. Ellie is excited to join the SVARA team and oversee the information and financial systems to ensure organizational growth and smooth operations. In their free time, they can be found hosting Shabbat dinner, playing djembe, and cycling.