National Director of Development & Communications, American Friends of Migdal Ohr
Beth R. Nussbaum is a highly creative and entrepreneurial business professional with over 25 years of varied experience. Currently serving as the National Director of Development and Communications for American Friends of Migdal Ohr, she is responsible for directing and implementing the fundraising and marketing efforts on behalf of this leading Israeli charity serving children at risk. Prior to joining Migdal Ohr (2012), Nussbaum served as Director of Development and Public Relations for Shelter Our Sisters, a NJ Domestic Violence agency. Before officially transitioning to the non-profit sector Nussbaum was a Global Marketing and Public Relations leader, working in-house for companies including Hallmark Entertainment, Dan Klores Communications and Universal Media. Among her more noteworthy Hallmark projects include “Human Trafficking”(Lifetime), “Mitch Albom’s The Five People You Meet in Heaven”(ABC), “The Lion in Winter” (Showtime), and “Tin Man” (SCI FI). In 2008, she orchestrated the communications strategy for taking the company public (NASDAQ:RHIE), garnering extensive media coverage and worldwide consumer/industry awareness.
At Dan Klores Communications, she served as Senior Vice President for both corporate and non-profit clients. During her six-years at this prestigious NYC public relations firm , she supervised and worked on notable accounts including “Sesame Street”, ” Ken Burns’ “Jazz” PBS documentary series, The Children’s Health Fund, “Spin City” (ABC), Hearst Corporation and General Colin Powell’s National Mentoring Partnership. She was also responsible for the successful U.S. launches of the Harry Potter book series for Scholastic, and the W Hotel brand for Starwood. Ms. Nussbaum earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Pratt Institute, and earned a Professional Certificate in Fundraising from New York University in 2012.
Accomplish the most I can in a limited time!
Where is my “to do” list? What can I check off?
Raise friends and funds!
Give out several dollars to homeless people – always have singles on hand. I gave a $5 bill yesterday to a man with two dogs.
Make the most of your time on this earth. Dedicate yourself to your job and career but also remember that it doesn’t keep you warm at night… that said pursue your passions and don’t ignore your personal life, close family and friends and your health!
What do you love most about Your City?
It’s diversity in terms of the population, culture, culinary, recreation and retail opportunities.
Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant?
Breakfast at my desk is two hard boiled eggs and a fruit. When not dieting the best is a toasted scooped out everything bagel with butter! And good coffee – always!
What are you doing at:
6:00 AM – Hitting the snooze…snuggling with the love of my life, my 4 year old Shitzhu doggie Sophie.
10:00 AM –I live in Ft Lee NJ and work in midtown so at 10am, if I take the bus I’m either navigating Port Authority Bus Terminal or if it’s a day that I’m driving in (yes, I drive in Manhattan) I’m on the West Side Highway or going cross town.
12:00 PM – Favorite Lunch spot/meal?
Most lunches are at my desk – brown bagged salad, but when I have the occasion to have lunch with a donor or associate my go to restaurants are Kosher Steak House Le Marais (across from my office) or Wolf and the Lamb a few blocks away, or La Brouchette on the East Side. All delicious!
7:00 PM – Either just left the office or on a conference call with an West Coast board member or donor. Or in a donor dinner meeting.
11:00 PM – Watching the news (NBC-4) and winding down, checking emails.
What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)?
Coffee – lots! All day…Starbucks or DD or local vendor. We have a keurig in our office.
Iced or hot – love both. In the evening on my commute home – I also need another cup ½ decaf ½ regular – to keep me awake and going as the evening is another several hours of work and fun.
Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account?
Facebook. I have a lot of friends and former colleagues who are located all over the world and it’s the best way to keep in touch with all of them simultaneously.
What should everyone try at least once?
Traveling to a Foreign land and/or visiting a natural wonder! I visited the Badlands and several national parks in the US this past summer and there is nothing like the experience. Convening with nature and animals is good for the soul.
Where do you enjoy getting lost?
In the Saturday/Sunday edition of New York Times – especially the hard news, style, arts and metropolitan sections.