Nancy Zaretsky has completed her second term as Chair of the Constituency Board of the University Miami-Nova Southeastern University Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD) Board, which represents more than 11,000 individuals with autism in Dade, Broward and Monroe counties. Under Ms. Zaretsky’s leadership the Constituency Board has grown to reflect the multi lingual and ethnic diversity of the people served with the addition of Board members who speak Haitian Creole and Hebrew. Ms. Zaretsky has also enhanced CARD’s work in the Florida Keys by creating a Keys Constituency Committee. Additionally, the Constituency Board includes individuals on the spectrum. She has served as a strong, positive voice for people with disabilities advocating for funding in Tallahassee and initiating partnerships with art and cultural institutions.
Over the past 25 years Mrs. Zaretsky has also been an active member of the Jewish community. She is the founding chair of the Task Force to Combat Human Trafficking for the Greater Miami Jewish Federation’s (GMJF) Jewish Community Relations Council. This task force has partnered with Homeland Security to educate groups as diverse as the Consul Generals of Miami and youth organizations on domestic, minor sex trafficking here in Florida. Past events include: an annual freedom from slavery Passover Seder; the distribution of soaps wrapped with help numbers to motels along the Biscayne corridor; and training seminars on the signs of trafficking for hotel employees.
Ms Zaretsky is presently completing her second year as Chair of the Jewish Community Relations Council, which serves as the education and advocacy arm of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation. In this role she has advocated in Tallahassee on issues as diverse as meal sites for the elderly and MOU’s on tech investments between Israel and Florida. She has brought several international organizations dedicated to conflict resolution to Miami to enhance the tool kit of community leaders. Ms. Zaretsky has also partnered with the NAACP and Shalom Salam to strengthen relationships across communities in Miami on voting rights and ballot education.
Over the years she has worked with the Latin American and Caribbean Center of Florida International University; Fine, Jacobson, et al in Miami; Stroock & Stroock & Lavan in New York City; and the New York State Assembly. Mrs. Zaretsky has published on preferential trade agreements, contributed to the upcoming book, BeKindr: The Transformative Power of Kindness, by Dr. Eva Ritvo and consults on writer’s retreats in Spain and France. She was a founding member of grant review committees at the David Lawrence Jr. K-8 and Design and Architecture Senior High School (DASH), initiated the shadow program for children with disabilities at the Michael Ann Russell JCC and has served on many community boards. Concurrently she ran a behavioral home program under the guidance of Jeanie Bachrach and Jennie Meyers for 6 years.