Who We Are

On behalf of the 23 communities of the North Shore, a group of local individuals, both lay people and Jewish professionals, submitted a grant in May 2008 to the Jim Joseph Foundation and received approval for a 3-year pilot program. All start up and programming expenses are funded by the Jim Joseph Foundation.

Adam Smith, Executive Director
Adam SmithAdam Smith was hired to begin as NSTI’s first Executive Director in September 2008. Adam spent eight years working with the teens of Temple Shir Tikva in Wayland, Massachusetts, building one of the premier youth programs in the Boston area. He has been the creative and implementing force behind informal opportunities for teens including tikkun olam projects, trips and retreats, mentoring programs and youth group activities. A product of Temple Isaiah in Lexington, Adam earned a BA degree in psychology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. When he returned to the Boston area to work with the Jewish community, he continued studying Jewish educational theory at both Hebrew College and Brandeis University. Adam and his wife Jodi, who is a Reform Rabbi working at a congregation in Easton, currently live in Brookline with their son, Noah, and dog, Tova.

Lajla LeBlanc, Marketing & Program Coordinator
Lajla LeBlancAfter 15 years of Arts Marketing and Development in the Monadnock region of New Hampshire, Lajla LeBlanc has left the world of galleries, exhibitions and galas to swing from trees and practice tikkun olam with North Shore teenagers. Lajla joined NSTI in June of 2009 and serves as Marketing and Program Coordinator and official staff photographer.

Lajla brings 20 years of photography, design and copywriting experience to North Shore Teen Initiative. As Manager of Information Systems then Director of Marketing and Communications at the Sharon Arts Center in Sharon and Peterborough, NH, she also earned badges in technology, nonprofit administration, fundraising, governance and grant proposal writing.

In her spare time, Lajla is rarely without a camera (or a pun). Her work appears on walls, t-shirts, drinkware and refrigerator magnets all over the world via her design business, Free Your Chi. She is also a cupcake evangelist and creator of The Night of 1,000 Cupcakes, southern New Hampshire’s premier cupcake festival.

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