Anna Grigolaya, JDC Resource Development manager in eastern Ukraine, representing Jewish Cultural Center Solomonika, Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine

Anna Grigolaya

Anna was born in 1975 to a family of intellectual Jews in Dnepropetrovsk, one of Ukraine’s largest industrial centers. In 1992 she entered the Dnepropetrovsk National University, where she majored in psychology and the English language. From then on, Anna became involved in local Jewish youth clubs activities, serving as leader of the English Club for Jewish teenagers and students.
It was at this point Anna noticed that the issue of national identity was a clear factor in the personal development of local youth. She began research on the personal values of Jewish youth living in the Ukrainian Diaspora, which soon after served as the foundation of her degree work in psychology.
After graduation in 1997, Anna was invited to teach English at the International Economics Department at the Dnepropetrovsk National University.
In 1999, Anna joined the JDC Dnepropetrovsk team to help initiate and coordinate informal regional Jewish education and young leadership programs, as well as to develop the PR department.
Subsequently, Anna also started to help local Jewish organizations develop their grant-writing capabilities, in order to support their activities on both local and international level.
Today, Anna serves as JDC resource development manager in the Eastern Ukraine region. She believes that the personal values-based professional commitment became the strong basis and best motivation for many years of her work for the benefit of local Jewish communities.
Anna is married and has two children. Her 19-year-old daughter is actively involved in the JCC madrichim movement and 3-year old son just started attending JCC early development programs.