Our Team

Our work is guided by the timeless Jewish values.

The Federation Philanthropy Partners team members offer a broad range of experience and deep knowledge of philanthropy practices. We are inspired by the opportunity to help our community make positive change in the world.

Joy Sisisky

Chief Philanthropy Officer
415.512.6428 · JoyS@sfjcf.org

“I’m 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. I am deeply passionate about Jewish life and committed to smart philanthropy as a means of repairing the world.”

About Joy:
  • Over 20 years of experience working at Jewish organizations on a range of areas including the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, women’s philanthropy, and international women’s issues
  • Served as Executive Director of the Jewish Women’s Foundation of New York
  • Ralph I. Goldman Fellow in International Jewish Communal Service at JDC, for which she lived and worked in Ukraine and Ethiopia
  • B.A. from Brandeis University in Near East and Judaic Studies and Politics; M.A. in Jewish Communal Service from Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles; M.A. in Public Policy, Planning and Development from the University of Southern California

Debbie Tuttle Berkowitz

Senior Philanthropy Advisor
415.512.6291 · DebbieB@sfjcf.org

“I thrive on helping individuals and families identify their values and connecting these values to philanthropy for meaningful impact in our community and beyond. I believe that each person has the ability to change the world and that philanthropy is an important piece of that journey.”

About Debbie:
  • Deep experience in the Jewish and nonprofits sector with special focus on Family Philanthropy, Multi-Generational, and Emerging Philanthropists
  • Extensive experience in giving circles and group giving, including running multiple Impact Grants Initiative groups at the Federation; founding board member of the Giving Circles Fund
  • B.A. in Religious Studies from UCSD; M.S.W. from the University of Southern California; M.A. in Jewish Communal Service from Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles

Ruth Bender

Philanthropy Operations Project Manager
415.512.6205 · RuthB@sfjcf.org

“The majority of my career has been in the philanthropic sector and this has allowed me the pleasure to be a part of an important journey for so many individuals and families. Being a part of their efforts to move the dial and create positive change in the world motivates me every day.”

About Ruth:
  • Over 10 years of focus on global grantmaking and private foundation management
  • Serves on the board of Caravan to Class – an organization working to bring education to underserved areas of Mali
  • B.A. from Colby College in psychology; Executive Certificates in Sustainable Management and Sports and Sustainability from Presidio Graduate School

Camille Menke

Philanthropy Advisor
415.512.6228 · CamilleM@sfjcf.org

“I am driven by mission-focused work and feel inspired by the dedication,  and the generosity of the individuals and Boards that I work with at Federation. I believe in the power of community and the great things that can be accomplished when people come together.”

About Camille:
  • Special focus on Supporting Foundations and Board relations
  • Over 14 years of experience with various philanthropic vehicles, grantee relations, and due diligence
  • B.S. in Materials Science Engineering from the University of Arizona

Anita Jackson 

Donor-Advised Funds Manager
415.512.6230 · AnitaJ@sfjcf.org 

“With a focus on the operational and finance side of philanthropy, I am driven to provide the services that support the exciting work of our generous community. I feel fortunate that my work at the Federation helps philanthropists make a positive difference in the world.”

About Anita:
  • 20 years of experience in nonprofit finance, operations, and grants management
  • Particular interest and expertise in collaborating with private family foundations
  • B.A. in English from Tulane University

Michael Chertok

Director of Philanthropy & Head of Peninsula Practice
415.512.6251 · MichaelC@sfjcf.org 

“Helping our donors achieve their goals is enormously satisfying for me. Serving our community in this way connects us more closely and brings essential resources to organizations I care deeply about. I love building bridges across sectors and engaging philanthropic, program development, and entrepreneurial skills to make a difference.”

About Michael:
  • Co-founder, Executive Vice President of Impact, and Chief Business Development Officer of Digital Divide Data
  • VP of Donor Experience at Silicon Valley Community Foundation and a global development program officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • B.A. from Yale University; M.B.A. and a certificate in Public Management from Stanford University

Lisa Tabak

Director of Philanthropy, East Bay
510.809.4920 · LisaT@sfjcf.org

“Every day provides a new opportunity to engage someone in the East Bay in making the Jewish community stronger and more vibrant.”

About Lisa:
  • Over 20 years of experience working in fundraising and philanthropy with the San Francisco-based Jewish Community Federation and The Jewish Community Foundation in Berkeley
  • Acted as Director of Young Adult Division, Director of Leadership Development, and the inaugural BLC (Business Leadership Council) Director of the San Francisco-based Jewish Community Federation
  • Served as Executive Director of The Jewish Community Foundation
  • B.A. from UC Berkeley in Political Science; Double M.A. in Jewish Communal Service and Human Services Management from Brandeis University where she was a FEREP (Federation Education and Executive Recruitment Program) scholarship recipient

Steve Brown

Philanthropy and Gift Planning Advisor
510.809.4915 · SteveB@sfjcf.org 

“When you get to the heart of things, people really just want to make a difference. I love working with people to unearth what’s truly important to them and match them with new ays to change the world – ways that are meaningful, become part of their legacy, and set the stage for future generations.”

About Steve:
  • Over 16 years of experience in community foundation development and operations; specialties in community-wide program development and legacy giving programs; focus on individual, family, and organizational engagement and stewardship
  • Prior high-tech sector experience in product management and marketing
  • B.A. from Brown University in Anthropology with a specialty in Ethnomusicology; awardee, Gail Littman Leadership Award from the Harold Grinspoon Foundation