Exciting news! The Alpha Workshops is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services (The Jewish Board).

In this new structure, The Alpha Workshops will retain its brand identity, staff, and the programming that has made the organization so special within the educational, decorative design, and non-profit spaces.

The Jewish Board will support The Alpha Workshops with enhanced administrative services and additional support for its students.


“Like most smaller nonprofits, The Alpha Workshops was faced with a challenging climate and lacked the resources to grow and expand,” said David Edelson, President of the Board of Trustees of The Jewish Board. “When Alpha approached us, we recognized the opportunity to create a different kind of model that would help both organizations thrive.” Under this new structure, The Jewish Board’s clients will benefit from The Alpha Workshops’ robust arts training and vocational programming, and The Alpha Workshops will benefit from a partnership with a larger organization, enabling The Alpha Workshops to expand their offerings and audience reach. The Alpha Workshops’ students will have access to enhanced mental health and housing resources from The Jewish Board. Crucially, The Alpha Workshops’ back-office operations – such as finance, information technology, and human resources – will now benefit from the infrastructure and support of one of New York City’s most stable and well-managed nonprofits.

“We are excited to align with The Jewish Board, an organization with over 140 years of experience serving New Yorkers and over 45,000 clients in the New York City area, in order to expand and enrich our offerings,” said Ken Wampler, Founder and Executive Director, The Alpha Workshops. “As I prepare to step down from my role as Executive Director, I am proud that we have found a partner who can continue the mission of this organization, which is to help people to recognize their fullest potential and live meaningful lives, where they are identified by their talents and not by their challenges.” Mr. Wampler will remain involved in a consulting capacity. A new Senior Director of The Alpha Workshops will be hired.

“New York City is the largest creative economy in the world. The Jewish Board and The Alpha Workshops will now jointly work to educate and find employment for new generations of artisans,” said Jamie Drake, Chairman of The Alpha Workshops’ Board of Trustees. “We are all immensely grateful to Ken Wampler for his vision and dedication over the past decades and look forward to a new chapter in the organization’s history.”


About The Jewish Board:
For more than 140 years, the Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services (The Jewish Board) has been helping New Yorkers realize their potential and live as independently as possible. They promote resilience and recovery by addressing all aspects of an individual’s life, including mental and physical health, family, employment and education. Across the five boroughs and Westchester, they serve more than 45,000 New Yorkers from all religious, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds each year. For more information, please visit