Beth Cousens is a consultant to Jewish educational organizations, working in areas of strategic planning and evaluation. Her clients have included UJA Federation of New York, American Jewish World Service, Berkeley Hillel, Repair the World, JESNA and other national and community-based organizations. Prior to her work as a consultant, Beth led Hillel’s Jewish educational strategy as the Associate Vice President of Hillel’s Joseph Meyerhoff Center for Jewish Experience. In her five years with Hillel, she also led Hillel’s performance management efforts and served as a consultant to local Hillels.
Beth holds a PhD in the sociology of Jewish education from Brandeis University (2008, matriculation 2001), an MA with honors in Jewish Studies from Baltimore Hebrew University (1996), an MSW from the University of Maryland (1996), and a Certificate in Jewish Communal Service from the Baltimore Institute in Jewish Communal Service (1996). She received a BA (1994) from the University of Michigan in English and Creative Writing.
She has over twenty years of professional leadership experience, working in educational policy and strategy and directly as an educator. She has particular expertise building educational settings that maximize opportunities for individuals to develop as independent Jewish adults, owning their Jewish ideas and practices. Her expertise also focuses on younger (“emerging”) Jewish adults.