• About Practica


    Practica Development Services provides comprehensive assistance to not-for-profit and mission-based for-profit organizations looking to develop themselves with an eye towards the future.

    Practica helps these organizations increase their impact by improving capacity building initiatives, organizational structure, and planning. Practica provides support and guidance in these areas, and more, so that the executives, boards, and staff can focus on their core mission.

    Practica’s President and CEO, Jason Brzoska, brings an entrepreneurial energy and focus to his work.


    The Practica Team 

    Jason Brzoska, President and CEO Practica Development Services

    Jason Brzoska, President and CEO

    Jason has worked for over 15 years in the non-profit sector, most recently as the Chief Operating Officer and Co-Director of MyJewishLearning, Inc.  In that time, he has also gained hands-on experience at the project management, operations oversight, systems and information development, fundraising, grant writing, and marketing and advertising for not-for-profit and mission-based for-profit organizations.

    Jason brings an entrepreneurial spirit to his work. He was selected to both the Professional Leaders Project and the Gestalt International Study Center’s Leadership in the 20th Century Program.  At the same time, he remains close to community causes.  He has sat on the boards of several non profits, including UJA/Federation of New York’s Caring Commission, which is responsible for giving tens of millions of dollars in grants annually to agencies around the Greater New York Area, and the advisory board for Jewish Studies at his alma mater, the University at Albany. Jason is currently pursuing coaching certification through the International Coach Federation (anticipated completion April 2014).

    Katie Himmelfarb, Development Associate

    As a doctoral candidate in Planning and Policy Development at Rutgers University, Katie brings considerable research expertise as well as over five years of non profit, academic, and public sector work experience to her role at Practica.  Having worked extensively in collaborative project-based environments, she is skilled at project management, grant writing and administration, and program implementation and assessment.Katie has applied her research and development skills in widely varied contexts, and has authored academic and professional publications on topics ranging from the impact of the 2008 Olympics on Beijing’s low-income population to effective practices for developing programmatic capacity in community development corporations.  She has been awarded grant funding to support her own research, and has planned and participated in over a dozen regional, national, and international conferences, trainings, and networking events.Katie’s work is motivated by an enthusiasm for bringing together divergent stakeholders to improve communication and ultimately create more effective organizations and initiatives.