Ilana Block serves as the president of NEXTGen Detroit. She possesses a strong passion for the institutions of our Jewish community, and believes that our deeply rooted legacy of communal responsibility continues to permeate the unique spirit of Jewish Detroit.
Throughout her tenure on the NEXTGen Board of Directors and Executive Committee, Ilana has led many of NEXTGen’s outreach, leadership development and campaign initiatives with the goal of attracting and involving the next generation to engage in our community and build upon its legacy. Her accomplishments include leading NEXTGen’s Entrée program — an introductory course to Federation for a cohort of 70 NEXTGen-aged individuals — and chairing NEXTGen’s annual campaign, which raised close to $1 million from more than 3,200 young donors. In addition, Ilana has served on the Partnership2Gether Steering Committee and as NEXTGen’s liaison to Federation’s Women’s Philanthropy Department. She has also previously served on the Frankel Jewish Academy Board of Trustees and is an active parent of two children at Hillel Day School.
Ilana graduated from the University of Michigan and was a Dean’s Merit Scholar at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. She manages her own law practice with a focus on providing competitively priced services to young professionals, such as litigation for small businesses and estate planning for new families. During her time at the University of Michigan, Ilana authored several published articles as an intern at the Jerusalem Post, and helped to implement various aliyah and absorption projects as an intern at the Jewish Agency for Israel.