Strategic Structural Changes to Increase Efficiency and Innovation

Changes in Executive and Development departments will help agency focus on goals and priorities to best serve the community

Jennifer Gorovitz, Acting CEO of The Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma counties today announced strategic personnel and structural moves to better serve Federation donors, stakeholders and community members.

Jamie Dubey will be assuming the role of Chief of Operations and Innovations in order to energize and support the development of new Federation-wide strategies along with the Acting CEO, other senior managers, and lay leaders. Jamie is an attorney and former member of Yahoo’s management team, as well as a participant in the Wexner Heritage program. He will help spearhead the development and implementation of top priority programs and innovations sponsored by the Acting CEO. He will also work closely with senior management to develop and implement goals, policies and processes aimed at strengthening internal workflows and maximizing organizational impact. Mr. Dubey states “I am looking forward to providing inspirational leadership, coherence and purposeful direction to our teams.”

The Federation is also pleased to announce that David Katznelson is joining the staff as Director of Community Engagement & Outreach. David has been working with the Federation on a contract basis for the past year, and the Federation is excited to bring this former Warner Brothers executive on in an official staff capacity. David will identify opportunities and trends that affect the Federation or significant parts of the community. He will engage with new generations and with those otherwise unaffiliated with formal Jewish communal life, particularly through Catalyst Initiatives and the Centennial, and he will act as a trusted emissary among the Federation and internal and external constituencies. As president of DKN Consulting, David has worked for many years with various companies with their marketing, visioning and forward-thinking goals.

In other changes announced today, Roberta Zucker Catalinotto, will now assume a new role as Chief Philanthropic Initiatives Officer. Roberta will be working in three main areas: Israel and Overseas philanthropy, which she will direct in San Francisco, integrated fundraising between the Endowment and Development departments, and Corporate and Foundation giving. Maxine Epstein will be leading a newly configured, streamlined and strategically focused Development Department as Annual Campaign Director. With this restructuring, our senior leadership team will work closely with our Board and lay leaders at the highest levels to optimize the work of the Federation.

In her message to staff, Acting CEO Jennifer Gorovitz stated “The most precious resource of JCF is our people. This Federation is fortunate to have so many dedicated and talented staff working together toward the success and revitalization of our organization. I am grateful to our staff, dedicated volunteers, donors and lay leaders, working at every level of the organization, who continue to make a vital impact on our community every day.”

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December 15, 2009


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