• About Practica

    Company

    Practica provides the strategic support that individuals and organizations need to operate more effectively so that philanthropists and not-for-profit executives, boards, and staff can focus on their core missions. Practica’s unique portfolio of services ranges from individual executive coaching to long term organizational planning to the implementation of custom digital solutions that streamline and improve business processes. We excel at bringing together big picture vision with attention to detail to ensure that our plans work as well in practice as they do on paper.

    Practica helps these entities 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

    Practica CEO and President, Jason Brzoska, brings an entrepreneurial energy and focus to his work. Jason has nearly 20 years of hands-on professional and volunteer experience that spans project and personnel management and planning, operations oversight, finance, systems and information technology development, marketing, fundraising, and grantmaking. Prior to founding Practica, he served as the Chief Operating Officer and Co-Director of MyJewishLearning, as the Operations Director for the Bronfman Youth Fellowships in Israel, and Project Manager for two real estate development firms.

    In 2004, Jason was selected to the Professional Leaders Project and in 2010 received one of two Jewish executive scholarships to the Gestalt International Study Center’s Leadership in the 21st Century prestigious executive training program. He is now a certified as a leadership and executive coach through the International Coach Federation.

    In addition to his professional work, Jason is committed to giving back to the community. In five years on UJA/Federation of New York’s Caring Commission, he has participated in the allocation of over $50,000,000 to agencies around the Greater New York Area and Israel, and serves on its Task for on Aging, Safety Net & Security Task Force, its Live With Purpose Committee, and as Chair of its Teen Poverty Slam event and grantmaking committees. He has also served on the board of directors for JChoice.org and the advisory board for the Center for Jewish Studies at his alma mater, the University at Albany.
     

    Katie Himmelfarb, Development Associate

    With a PhD in Planning and Policy Development from 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.