Federation Leadership

Joy Sisisky

Chief Executive 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.

Beth Cousens

Chief Impact Officer

Beth leads the development, implementation and evaluation of strategies to amplify the Federation’s impact on our community. She comes to Federation after working across non-profit and Jewish communal settings in community development and program measurement. Most recently, she supported impact and Jewish engagement professionals throughout all Jewish Federations as an Associate Vice President with The Jewish Federations of North America. Earlier, she led a consulting business focused in strategic research and evaluation. She received a PhD in Near Eastern and Jewish Studies from Brandeis University as a Wexner Graduate Fellow and her BA from the University of Michigan. She also studied at Tel Aviv University, Baltimore Hebrew University and the University of Maryland, from which she received her Master of Social Work.

Angela Ingel

Interim Managing Director of Marketing & Communications

Angela drives and oversees all aspects of marketing and communications, bringing more than two decades of experience working with both nonprofits and for-profit organizations where she has promoted awareness, fostered community collaboration, increased engagement, and maximized the participation of donors, constituents, partner agencies, stakeholders, and members. Most recently she worked in publicly and privately managed health care plans transforming production practices and leading the creative direction, marketing, and communications for multiple commercial product lines.  She holds an B.S. from California State University, Northridge.

Brian Kataoka

Senior Director of Finance and Controller

Brian leads and oversees the finance and accounting operations, building management team, and risk management program for the Federation.  He is a licensed CPA with audit and tax experience working with both not-for-profit and for-profit entities, having joined the Federation with a background in public accounting.  Brian is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara with a double B.A. in Economics with an Accounting Emphasis and Law and Society.

Kate Sylvester

Director of Human Resources

Kate leads the overall human resources function, focusing on practices that support building a diverse and inclusive workplace. Kate has nearly two decades of experience serving non-profit, cultural, and academic institutions. Most recently, she led human resources at SFJAZZ and spent four years managing and recruiting at SFMOMA. Her career began in recruiting at The Sierra Club, continued in HR roles at Simmons University and the Dominican University of California, and has included contract HR support for Stanford and Harvard Universities. Kate is a graduate of the University of Vermont and holds an M.S. in Communications Management from Simmons College.

Rachel Kaber

Sr. Director, Philanthropic Experiences and Special Projects

Rachel has been working up and down the west coast for more than 25 years, leveraging events and meetings to achieve philanthropic goals for medical, academic, and civil organizations. While her passion lies within the nonprofit sector, she has also experienced the thrill of event production for the Winter Olympics, Super Bowl, and next-gen NBA superstar recruitment camps.  At the Federation, she works cross departmentally to maximize collaboration, engagement, and integration in order to cultivate Bay Area community gatherings that are engaging, educational, and inspirational. Rachel is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara with a B.A. in Psychology.


Board of Directors 2022 - 2023

Ann Peckenpaugh Becker
Chair, Board Nominating Committee

Valli Benesch

Andy Cheng

Barry Cohn
Chair, Capital Planning Committee

Dan Cohn
Chair, Finance and Administration Committee

Marc Dollinger
Chair, Community Impact Committee

David Friedkin

Steven Ganz

Jim Heeger
Immediate Past Chair 

Fred Isaac

Michael Jacobs*

Kenny Kahn

Natasha Kehimkar

Moses Libitzky

Guy Miasnik*

Jessica Minkoff

Lindsey Newman

Dara Pincus

Varda Rabin

Laura Rooklin

Eileen Ruby

Susan Saal

Arthur Slepian

Susie Sorkin
Vice Chair
Chair, Governance Committee

Bob Tandler

Michelle Tandowsky

Jamie Weinstein
Chair, Endowment Committee

Jerry Yanowitz

* New member for FY22-23