Michael Chertok Appointed as Director of Philanthropy

San Francisco, CAThe Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund (The Federation) has named Michael Chertok as Director of Philanthropy, effective March 28. In this new role, Michael will build the Federation’s philanthropic advisory practice to help donors accomplish their charitable goals. He will be primarily located in the Federation’s Peninsula office at the Oshman Family JCC in Palo Alto. 

"I believe that serving donors well can bring more resources to the community I deeply care about," commented Michael, “I’m excited to help strengthen the community’s engagement with the Federation in Silicon Valley.” Michael has strong ties to the Jewish community in the Bay Area, most recently finishing his tenure of serving as the president of the board of Congregation Sha'ar Zahav in San Francisco, and participating in the Federation’s recent Community Building Mission to Israel.

Michael brings a unique blend of philanthropic, program development and social entrepreneurial skills to the Federation community. He previously worked at the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, where he served as Vice President of Donor Experience and Engagement. Before that, he was a co-founder of Digital Divide Data, and served as their Executive Vice President of Impact and as Chief Business Development Officer. He was a program officer for global development at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and co-founded the philanthropic initiative of a Silicon Valley venture capital firm.

Michael has a B.A. from Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, and an M.B.A. and a certificate in Public Management from Stanford University. 



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For immediate release

March 30, 2018