Federation Leadership

Danny Grossman

Chief Executive Officer

Danny, a successful business owner and entrepreneur, has served extensively on the Federation’s Board of Directors, Endowment and other committees, as well as on numerous Jewish and non-Jewish boards. He brings decades of experience as a leader in the Bay Area’s Jewish and civic communities, and many years of business and public sector leadership. Previously, he was CEO of SLOW Food for Fast Lives and CEO and founder of Wild Planet Entertainment. He also served for seven years in the U.S. Foreign Service, as a diplomat overseas and at the Department of State. He holds an M.B.A. from Stanford University and received his B.A. in Russian and East European Studies from Yale University. 

Joy Sisisky

Chief Philanthropy Officer

Before joining the Federation, Joy served as executive director of the Jewish Women’s Foundation of New York. Previously, she was selected as the 2007-2008 Ralph I. Goldman Fellow in International Jewish Communal Service at JDC, for which she lived and worked in Ukraine and Ethiopia. Joy is co-founder of Do Good Ukraine!, an organization dedicated to building civil society through volunteerism in Ukraine. Earlier, she served as the associate director for national women’s philanthropy at United Jewish Communities, where she worked with Jewish federations in the development of gender-based fundraising. Joy graduated from Brandeis University and earned a double M.A. in Jewish Communal Service and Public Administration at the joint program of Hebrew Union College and the University of Southern California.

Holden Lee

Chief Financial and Investment Officer

Holden oversees the mechanics and operations of Endowment and Philanthropic Services, as well as the Investment Committee and the Federation's independent investment consultant, Greycourt Advisors. Previously, he was a Managing Director at Cambridge Associates, advising endowments of mission-driven organizations on their investment portfolios and developing impact investing frameworks. Holden's career includes serving as a nonprofit CFO and as a private equity investor. He earned an M.B.A. from the Wharton School and an A.B. in politics from Princeton University.

Sue Reinhold, Ph.D.

Managing Director of Philanthropy

Sue Reinhold, Ph.D. is the practice lead of Federation Philanthropy Partners which advises, educates, and inspires donors through a Jewish lens using donor advised funds and supporting foundations. Sue co-founded and ran a B Corporation-certified social enterprise, independent investment advisory firm North Berkeley Investment Partners, and successfully transitioned the firm to her successors. Sue was also a co-founder of The Kitchen SF, and served as its first board treasurer. Sue’s entrepreneurial and intrapreneurial career spans twenty-five years, and includes roles as a market researcher and commentator, equity analyst, institutional portfolio manager, mutual fund manager, and corporate strategy team lead. Sue studies and teaches Torah at every opportunity.

Kerry Philp

Senior Director of Strategic Communications and Marketing

Kerry oversees all aspects of marketing and communications and brings over a decade of experience working with local, national and international companies and nonprofit organizations. Most recently she worked with the United Nations World Food Programme in Rome, Italy. Previously, she oversaw marketing initiatives for Schwab Charitable, which raised over $1 billion annually, benefiting over 100,000 charitable organizations. Kerry served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Albania and Guinea and holds an M.A. from Stanford University and a B.A from Allegheny College.  

Matt Youngner

Managing Director of Philanthropy

As the Managing Director of Philanthropy at the Federation, Matt Youngner is responsible for all aspects of fundraising that generates more than $20 Million annually. Prior to coming to San Francisco, Matt worked for  the Jewish Federation of Columbus. His last role in Columbus was Vice President, Campaign Operations.

After graduating from Ohio State University with a degree in philosophy, Matt co-founded a children's health education nonprofit called Road of Life: Cancer Prevention for Kids. Road of Life created health education and cancer prevention curricula that were delivered directly to educators and reached more than 250,000 children in classrooms around the country.   

Wendy Verba

Managing Director, Community Impact

Wendy leads the Federation’s partnerships with Jewish organizations and works with them to build “cultures of belonging” across the Jewish landscape. She also facilitates grantmaking and manages a portfolio of agency relationships, including overnight camps.  Previously, she worked as an independent consultant with such clients as the Federation, Jewish Vocational Services, the San Francisco Foundation and the Walter and Elise Haas Fund, to help them design, fund, and launch programs that improve life in the Bay Area.  Wendy has served on the boards of UpStart, the PJCC and the Berger Institute for Work, Family and Children. She received an M.A. in American Studies from the University of Iowa and a B.A. in History from Claremont McKenna College. 


Board of Directors 2019 - 2020

Julie Arnheim
At-Large Member

Ann Peckenpaugh Becker
At-Large Member

Valli Benesch
Chair, Finance & Administration Committee

Dan Cohn
At-Large Member

Richard Fiedotin
Immediate Past Chair

Steven Ganz
Chair, Teen Initiative Advisory Committee

Sam Goldman
At-Large Member

Jim Heeger

Tom Kasten
Past Chair

Laura Lauder
Chair, Endowment Committee


Sara Gaviser Leslie
Chair, Board Nominating Committee
Chair, Marketing Committee

Alexander Fromm Lurie
At-Large Member

Jessica Minkoff
At-Large Member

Dani Nemzer
At-Large Member

Sarah Persitz
At-Large Member

Varda Rabin
At-Large Member

David Rak
At-Large Member

Alex Rayter
Chair, Leadership Development Committee

Tali Ronen
Chair, Israel Committee

Sophie Ross
At-Large Member



David Saxe
At-Large Member

Jim Scheinman
At-Large Member

Lynn Sedway
At-Large Member 

Arthur Slepian
At-Large Member

Susie Sorkin
Chair, Executive Grantmaking Committee

Roselyne Swig
At-Large Member

Bob Tandler
At-Large Member

Carol Weitz
At-Large Member

Jerry Yanowitz
At-Large Member

Howard Zack