Meet our new Chief Philanthropy Officer, Joy Sisisky

San Francisco, CA – Following an extensive national search, the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties (the Federation) is pleased to announce an important new addition to its staff. On April 1, Joy Sisisky will come aboard as the new Chief Philanthropy Officer, charged with overseeing all of the Federation’s fundraising, engaging new generations of philanthropists, and delivering outstanding advisory services, education, and resources to Jewish philanthropists and our community of partners.

“Joy will bring new ideas and energy to shape the Federation’s overall resource development strategy, deepen philanthropic stewardship, and streamline our services and programs for donors,” said Danny Grossman, CEO of the Federation. “She will help fundamentally align our annual campaign and endowment, ensuring an efficient and unified philanthropic effort. We are very excited to welcome Joy to the team and look forward to sharing her expertise with our community.”

“I am particularly inspired by the opportunity to work and build a life in a community guided by progressive Jewish values and in a city full of history that thrives on innovation,” said Joy. “I am deeply passionate about Jewish life and committed to smart philanthropy as a means of repairing the world. My hope is that we can build on our success as a philanthropic leader and a trusted partner in supporting meaningful Jewish life and community. The Federation is fortunate to have extraordinary lay and professional talent doing vital work, and I am honored to be a part of that.”

A native of Virginia living in New York since 2001, Joy served as the executive director of the Jewish Women’s Foundation of New York from 2009 until now. Previously, she was selected as the 2007-2008 Ralph I. Goldman Fellow in International Jewish Communal Service at the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, where she lived and worked in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine, and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Joy is co-founder of Do Good Ukraine!, the first-ever 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 local Jewish federations in the development of gender-based fundraising and managed the $400 million national Lion of Judah Endowment program. Joy also served as the director of development and programs at the Israel Policy Forum, in New York.

Joy graduated from Brandeis University and earned a double master's degree in Jewish Communal Service and Public Administration at the joint program of Hebrew Union College and the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. She has a certificate in Jewish Professional Development from New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service and UJA-Federation of New York.

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For immediate release

February 01, 2016


Ilan Kayatsky