Who Is Josh Elkin?

Joshua Elkin is an Executive and Leadership Coach, focused on working with executive and volunteer leaders to achieve organizational and personal goals. He brings 35 years of executive leadership experience, including partnering with a wide diversity of board leaders. Throughout his career, Josh has devoted his efforts toward supporting and nurturing leaders. In his current work, Josh is concentrating his attention on coaching the board chair-top executive leadership dyad — the locus of greatest influence on the well-being and strength of any organization or institution.

In addition to coaching, Josh is doing a variety of consulting work, including working with DRG, an executive recruiting organization focused on the nonprofit sector. Josh’s work also encompasses mentoring, teaching, speaking, and facilitating.

Josh was the Founding Executive Director of the Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education (PEJE), a position which he held for fourteen years. Under his leadership, PEJE grew and evolved into a sustaining resource for the entire day school enterprise across North America, and across the denominational spectrum. Under Josh's leadership, PEJE helped promote higher standards in board governance, improve partnering between boards and heads of school, expand financial resource development , and increase broad advocacy efforts in support of the value of Jewish day school education.

Prior to joining PEJE, Josh was the Head of School at the Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Boston for twenty years. He led that school through its expansion to two campuses with 600 students. He was also instrumental in bringing independent school accreditation, outside expertise for assessing school performance, and strategic planning not only into his own school but into the day school field as a whole.

Josh completed his undergraduate studies at Columbia College, and then pursued and completed doctoral studies at Columbia Teachers College, while simultaneously studying for rabbinical ordination at the Jewish Theological Seminary, which he completed in 1975. In 1987-1988, Josh was honored by being selected as a Jerusalem Fellow of the Mandel Foundation; he spent that year in Israel studying Midrash and developing the beginning ideas of how to build a stronger network of day schools. While at Schechter, he also served as an Adjunct Lecturer in Jewish Education at the Hornstein Program for Jewish Communal service at Brandeis University.

He is married to Judy Israel Elkin, previously a Jewish educator and currently a certified professional and personal coach. Together they are the proud parents of Jonathan, Benjamin, and Liza. For recreation, Josh loves to sing, garden, and bike.

Read A Letter From Josh.