Perla Consulting Group specializes in strategic and philanthropic consulting with a focus on fundraising, board development and overall strategy. Our clients include prominent national foundations such as the Maimonides Fund and the AVI CHAI Foundation and umbrella organizations such as the National Ramah Commission (NRC) and the Foundation for Jewish Camp. We also work with a variety of Jewish day schools and synagogues including Hannah Senesh Community Day School and Young Israel of Toco Hills (Atlanta).
About Daniel Perla
Dan has 30+ years of experience in the Jewish organizational world and has served as both a lay leader and a senior Jewish communal professional. In the latter role, Dan worked as the Vice-President for Program and Strategy at the Foundation for Jewish Camp. In that role, Dan was responsible for driving innovation throughout the organization based on a strategic plan centered on leadership development, Jewish impact, and field expansion. He also played a pivotal role in creating the Green Book on Jewish Camping—a funders guide to Jewish camps. Prior to this, Dan worked for three and half years as a program officer in day school finance at the AVI CHAI Foundation. In this role, Dan oversaw ongoing grant programs geared toward improving the financial viability of day schools. Through research, networking and collaborating with grantees, Dan also worked on developing creative new initiatives to strengthen day school finances and affordability and increase enrollment.
As a lay leader, Dan served for seven years as the president of the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale. He is the incoming board chair of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah (YCT), a modern Orthodox rabbinical school based in New York. Dan currently serves on a wide variety of non-profit boards including Mechon Hadar, SAR and the Jewish New Teacher Project. He previously served as the treasurer of Hillel of New York and the Solomon Schechter Day School of New York.
Prior to his work as a Jewish communal professional, Dan spent nearly 18 years in the financial world. He worked as a security analyst and portfolio manager at a variety of investment firms and hedge funds including: Iridian Asset Management, Centurion Investment Group and Soros Fund Management. He has an MBA in management from The Wharton School at The University of Pennsylvania and is a graduate of the Wexner Heritage program.
Dan lives in Riverdale, N.Y. with his wife, Dr. Valerie Altmann, and their four children.