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Profile of a Spertus Student: Louis Stromberg

Profile of a Spertus Student: Louis Stromberg


By Lori Finkel for Spertus

Louis Stromberg, a recent transplant from the DC area, is the first
student to simultaneously take the Nonprofit Managemen and Jewish Professional Studies degree programs. I caught up with him to find out how it’s going so far.

Where are you from originally?
I’m from Buffalo, NY, and graduated from Arizona State University in 2010 with a degree in psychology. Then I moved to DC for two years and worked as a pre-k teacher for the Washington DC Jewish Community Center (JCC). I moved to Chicago in August to earn a dual master’s degree in Nonprofit Management and Jewish Professional Studies. I started both programs in September.

What made you decide to enroll in both the Nonprofit Management and Jewish Professional Studies programs at the same time? You’re the first one to do this.
I started thinking more seriously about what career I want. I would love to work for the JCC. So I reached out to JCC Association President and CEO Alan Finkelstein  and asked him, “How can I have your job?” He told me I needed the understanding of nonprofit management as well as Jewish leadership training, and recommended Spertus. So here I am.

How are you enjoying grad school so far?
I love it. There’s a real camaraderie among the students and the teachers are great. I think the most interesting class so far has been "Working with People" with Dr. Barry Chazan, because he allows our class to discuss real life situations that get us thinking and help form our Jewish identity.

What do you do in Chicago when you’re not at Spertus?
I live in Lincoln Park and love it! My favorite thing about Chicago is living right by the water. I love running along Lake Shore Drive. I also play on a co-ed dodgeball team through the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago (JUF).

I work for the B’nai B’rith Youth Organization (BBYO) as the Connect and Outreach Coordinator for the Greater Midwestern region. I'm currently planning a volunteer project with Bernie's Book Bank, an organization that gives books to children in need. We'll be collecting children's books from all of the BBYO chapters in the Greater Midwest area. When the weather gets nicer, BBYO will be working at The Gan Project, a Chicago-based Jewish environmental education project with a community garden where we can get some gardening done!

Why do you want a career in the Jewish community?
The Jewish people need to understand that they’re a small community, and it’s important to band together. #

Monday, January 21, 2013