Meet Your JFamily Ambassadors

Who is your neighborhood ambassador?

Lindsay KaginLindsay Kagin lives in Washington DC with her husband and two children. She grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and attended Michigan State University, achieving a bachelors in International Relations. Shortly after graduating, she found a new passion in teaching and went on to achieve a Masters in Special Education from American University and taught students in both private school and the DC Public School system for seven years. Since leaving full-time teaching almost two years ago, she has volunteered her time to work on Jewish programming for children at her synagogue and is now trying to connect Jewish parents with young kids with engagement outside of the synagogue walls. She generally enjoys the outdoors and vacation planning (usually for her family since she also enjoys traveling!).

Originally from Long Island, Ross Diamond moved to the DMV from Ottawa, Canada in 2012 to become the Hillel director at George Mason University. Ross and his wife Sarah moved into the District in 2015 just before the birth of their son. He transitioned to becoming a full-time primary parent in 2016 and has found Washington, DC to be an amazing place to raise a child. Ross enjoys discovering new weekly activities, playgrounds, and events in DC for him and his son, and sharing them with other parents to join in on the fun. His hobbies include brewing beer, mosaicing, playing board games, volunteering, and seeing live music.

Zip codes served: 20004, 20005, 20009, 20036, 20037

Shoshana ParkerShoshana Parker lives in NW DC with her husband and two daughters. She grew up in the Philadelphia suburbs and attended Barnard College, graduating with a bachelor of arts degree in psychology and linguistics. She also holds an MBA, with a focus on leadership and management, from Boston College. Prior to becoming a JFamily Ambassador, Shoshana spent many years working in various sectors of the market research industry, from consumer packaged goods to corporate communications. Shoshana enjoys all the perks that DC city living has to offer, including long walks in Georgetown, cozy boutiques in Dupont Circle, and ice cream shops wherever her daughters spot them!

Zip codes served: 20007, 20008, 20015, 20016, 20057

Stephanie Milbergs was born in Washington, DC and grew up just outside of the city in Northern Virginia. She attended the University of Virginia for her undergraduate studies and later earned an MBA in Sustainable Business from Presidio Graduate School. Stephanie began her professional career in DC and then moved to Brooklyn, NY to pursue work in the private sector and higher education. She also spent significant time in the Seattle area for her graduate studies and her first post-MBA job was in the Bay Area. Stephanie and her husband returned to DC in 2015 and settled in the Brookland neighborhood which they absolutely love. They are enjoying raising two young boys in the city and never grow tired of visits to the National Arboretum. Stephanie finds meaning in connecting with other families raising Jewish children and infusing Jewish culture into everyday life.

ZIP codes served: 20001, 20010, 20011, 20012, 10017, 20018, 20064

Photo of Valerie Bluesteine, a white woman with dark hair wearing a black top and a gold necklace Valerie Bluestein lives in the Navy Yard neighborhood of DC with her husband, Max, and toddler, Brody. She grew up in the DC area and attended the University of Maryland, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Communications. After many years working in event planning and public relations in DC and Bethesda, Valerie translated her passion for community to residential real estate sales. As a native Washingtonian, real estate agent, and mother, Valerie is excited to help others discover this incredible city from a parent’s perspective.

ZIP codes served: 20002, 20003, 20019, 20020, 20024, 20032