Welcoming Rebecca Randall, Our New Managing Director of Philanthropy

San Francisco, CA – The Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund (the Federation) announced that Rebecca Randall has been appointed Managing Director of Philanthropy. In this role, Randall will oversee the organization’s philanthropy advisory practice, including stewardship of donor-advised fundholders and supporting foundations, and building new collaborative opportunities for philanthropists and organizations to make an impact in the community. Randall starts her role on July 30.

“Rebecca and I connected from the moment we met, and I’m excited to have her not just as a colleague, but as a partner,” said Joy Sisisky, the Federation’s Chief Philanthropy Officer. “Our philanthropy advisory practice that was launched in 2017 is now out of the startup phase and we’re in a new place where we want to bring the best customer service, stewardship, and outreach. Rebecca’s experience in strategic growth, marketing, development, and outreach come together so nicely for this particular position.”

“I’m so excited about the collective impact and collaborative philanthropy that the organization is doing, and I’m impressed at how the Federation is really staying on the cutting edge, with initiatives like community impact lending and increasing access to donating cryptocurrency. This is a welcome return to my professional work in grantmaking and philanthropy.”

Prior to joining the Federation, Randall served in various executive roles at Common Sense Media for 17 years, where she stewarded relationships with donors and foundations and developed partnerships with school districts and organizations across the country.  As Associate Vice President of the United Way of the Bay Area, she led various committees comprised of multiple stakeholders, including the philanthropic sector, in order to drive community impact. She also led a statewide initiative called Success by 6, which focused on school readiness.

“Rebecca really grew with Common Sense Media over her 17 years with the organization, and there’s so much to learn from that steadfast commitment,” said Sisisky. “Her positive energy and experience building successful teams are so valuable. It’s been a long year and a half of working remotely, and as our teams plan for new ways to work together with donors in a constantly changing environment, Rebecca’s skills are exactly what we need right now.”

Randall lives in Marin County and is passionate about early childhood education, families with young children, economic mobility, and social and racial justice. She is guided by the Jewish values of kehillah (building community) and tzedek (pursuing justice).

“The issues that the Bay Area Jewish community is facing are complex, and education is key so that we can learn from each other while respecting our differences,” said Randall. “Working for the Federation is an opportunity to reconnect with the Jewish community, my Jewish upbringing, and Jewish values. It feels like I’m coming home.”

“I’m so impressed with the entire philanthropy advisory team,” said Randall. “They care deeply about people and community institutions and want to make an impact, and I look forward to learning and growing together.


The Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund mobilizes innovation, collaboration, and investment to shape diverse and dynamic Bay Area Jewish communities where people find a meaningful connection to Judaism and each other; and where we work together to better lives and communities locally, in Israel, and around the world. Learn more at jewishfed.org.

For immediate release

July 29, 2021