Executive Team

Andrea Freedman
President and CEO, Jewish Federation of Ottawa and Ottawa Jewish Community Foundation

Throughout her 18-year career, Andrea has worked in the non-profit world, primarily in the Jewish Federation movement.  She spent six years at Federation CJA (Montreal) in a variety of positions, including serving as Director of the Israel and Overseas Department. At the UJA Federation of Greater Toronto, among her many duties, Andrea was responsible for major gift fundraising and corporate partnerships, and significantly increasing giving. Working for UIA Federations of Canada, she successfully consulted with communities across the country and provided an extensive demographic study.  


Prior to joining the Jewish Federation of Ottawa and Ottawa Jewish Community Foundation as President and CEO in 2013, Andrea served as Vice-President of Philanthropy and Operations at Mount Sinai Hospital Foundation in Toronto overseeing all operations, annual fundraising, legacy giving and events. 

She is the recipient of a BA in political science from McGill University and an MSW from the University of Michigan.


Leslie Kaufman
Vice President, Corporate Services, Jewish Federation of Ottawa (JFO), Ottawa Jewish Community Foundation (OJCF)

Originally from Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, Leslie moved to Ottawa just over 10 years ago. Prior to her move, she held senior IT positions at Point Park and Carlow Universities in the US.  In Ottawa, she switched focus and quickly rose through the ranks to serve as President & COO of Decision Academic Inc., a software company that provides curriculum management and academic advising solutions to a range of clients.
With an MBA and over 25 years of progressively responsible management and leadership experience, Leslie is an established senior manager, an effective communicator, successful team-builder, with strong negotiation and relationship skills. She has a long-history of experience in volunteer and leadership roles with Jewish youth groups, camps, and synagogue life in the US.

The oversight areas for Corporate Services include: Marketing and Communications, Campus Management, Information Technology, Archives, Ottawa Va’ad Ha’kashrut, and governance.


Susan Lee

Chief Financial Officer


Susan Lee is a CPA, CGA who earned a Bachelor of Commerce from Carleton University. She has over 18 years of experience working at mainly small to mid-size organizations within a diverse range of industries including health, technology, and non-profit.

Prior to joining the Jewish Federation of Ottawa, she held senior finance positions in not-for-profit and private sector entities, driving and implementing transformational change. Susan is dedicated to assisting staff’s career journey progression through coaching, mentoring and continuous, constructive and relevant feedback.


As part of Federation’s management team, Susan is responsible for delivering financial services including strategy, accounting, financial forecasting, budgeting and reporting to multiple entities within Ottawa’s Jewish Community. 


Away from work, Susan enjoys hiking, running and painting.


Sarah Beutel
Vice President, Community Building


Sarah Beutel received a BA from McGill University and a Masters of Public Administration from Carleton University. Her past experience includes working for Hillel Lodge Long Term Care Foundation and grant writing for various organizations. Sarah has many years of work and volunteer experience with boards and committees of not-for-profit organizations. In 2008, Sarah began working for the Jewish Federation of Ottawa. She also sits on the board of Na’amat Canada.

Sarah is married to Steven Morgan and has four children.



Pauline Colwin
Director of Communications

Pauline joined the Federation in May 2013 and was integral in launching the redesigned Ottawa Jewish Bulletin and online edition. Pauline continues to manage the Bulletin, as well as our social media and websites. She is responsible for the marketing and communication needs of both the Federation and the Ottawa Jewish Community Foundation. Prior to the Federation, Pauline was an editor at the Ottawa Citizen. She received an Honours Degree in English Literature from Ottawa University and holds a diploma in Journalism.

Away from work, Pauline enjoys camping with her family, writing and experimenting with mixed media art.

Micah Garten
Director of Development

Over the last 8 years, Micah has done fundraising for a number of charities here in Ottawa, most recently as the Manager of Philanthropic Relationships for the Shepherds of Good Hope. He has a degree in Fundraising Management from Ryerson University and is currently working on completing his MBA. He is married to Jessica and has one young child.

Micah’s role is to connect with donors and help ensure their support can make the biggest impact in the lives of the community.