Jennifer Gorovitz, Chief Executive Officer
Jennifer Gorovitz has the distinction of being the first woman CEO among the 20 largest Federations in North America. She has been with the JCF for over seven years in a number of senior roles. Prior to becoming CEO, she served as Acting Chief Executive Officer, Chief of Staff, and Director of Funds and Foundations for the Jewish Community Endowment Fund. Along with such innovators as Sergey Brin, Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan and Ruth Messinger, Jennifer was included in The Jewish Daily’s “Forward 50” 2010 list of the top 50 men and women who have made a significant impact on the Jewish story in a Jewish way. She was also recently selected as one of the Bay Area's most influential women by S.F. Business Times.
Jennifer's family history of involvement with the Federation spans four generations, starting with her great-grandfather, Isaac Isaacson, who was part of the founding generation of the Hebrew Free Loan Association. Her own Federation volunteer experience began as an undergraduate at Stanford University where she chaired the Federation’s student campaign, participated in a student trip to Israel, and led a special campus appeal for Operation Moses, Israel’s first covert campaign leading to a modern-day exodus for Ethiopian Jews.
A graduate of Georgetown University Law Center and Stanford University, Jennifer clerked on the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims in Washington, DC. She practiced at the law firms of Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison and Coblentz, Patch, Duffy & Bass and the Public Defender’s Office of Santa Clara County.
Jennifer is a Wexner Heritage alumna, a member of the National Committee on Planned Giving, a member of the Advisory Board of the Stanford Taube Center for Jewish Studies, the Northern California Planned Giving Council, the Council on Foundations Legislative Network and the California State Bar. She has been a contributor and invited to serve on the faculty for the UJC Senior Advisory Council of Endowment Executives.
Marsha Hurwitz, Chief Operations Officer
Marsha Hurwitz joined JCF's staff in August, 2012. Prior to this position Marsha was the CEO and President of a leading large-intermediate Federation in Columbus, Ohio for 10 years. She also served as the Executive Director of the Federation in Richmond, Virginia for six years, and previously held roles in Richmond’s Endowment Fund, Jewish Family and Children's Services and the Jewish Community Relations Council. She has many years of executive leadership, experience with non-profit governance, 30 years of experience working with volunteers and boards, and endowment fund experience as well.
Joe Levin, Chief Development Officer
Joe has been serving as Interim Chief Development Officer since January 2012, when he stepped in to lead the continued efforts of the development team, the annual campaign and a new major gifts strategy. His fundraising background includes the capital campaign at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco where he served as the Development Director during the transition into their new facility, as well as various roles within the campaign department of the Jewish Community Federation in the beginning of his career in September 1999.
Previously, he was a Vice President at Bernstein Global Wealth Management where he advised high net worth wealthy individuals and families in all aspects of financial planning, wealth transfer, and philanthropy. Joe re-joined the Federation in October 2010, in the role of Senior Philanthropic Advisor. For six months prior to that, he had been consulting to the Endowment Fund as a Philanthropic Investment Advisor, overseeing the successful implementation of the new investment options for the Donor Advised Fund program. Joe received his B.A. in history from UCLA and a Master’s in of Jewish Communal Services, with a specialization in fundraising and development, from the Hornstein Program at Brandeis University as well as a Master of Management from the Heller School. Joe brings great strategic thinking and a positive, collaborative approach to the work of our total financial development, including donor-involved and planned gifts.
Mark Koenig, Chief Financial Officer
Mark joined the Federation in 2011 with over 20 years of finance experience, including extensive work with endowments, investments, and financial reporting. Before joining the Federation, he was the CFO of the San Francisco Symphony. A Minnesota native, Mark has a B.A. in accounting and finance, and an MBA from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul Minnesota.
Mark Reisbaum, Chief Endowment Officer
Mark Reisbaum joined the Federation in 1997 and become our Chief Endowment Officer in 2009, after holding a number of senior level positions, including Associate Executive Director and Director of Grants at the Federation’s Endowment Fund.
Mark came into the nonprofit world in 1993 after a 10-year career in investment banking in Hong Kong, where he was responsible for cross-border loan syndications and project finance in North and South Asia for Citicorp Investment Bank. During his tenure Mark arranged financing for major real estate projects in Asia and the Middle East. He also served as Director of Entry-Level Training for Citicorp/Citibank in New York. He has a B.A. degree from Columbia College and a Masters in Nonprofit Administration from the University of San Francisco.
An active community volunteer, Mark serves on the Board of Directors of GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation), is Co-Chair of GLAAD’s Senior Volunteer Management Committee, and participates in the Gill Foundation’s OutGiving program, a national network of LGBT and allied philanthropists. He is also a graduate of the Wexner Heritage Program, a 2-year cohort focusing on the development of Jewish volunteer and professional leaders throughout North America.
Steve Leibman, Chief Human Resources Officer
Steve joined the Federation in 2006 with over 20 years of experience in the field, focusing on organizational development, training and coaching. He has worked with United Way of the Bay Area, Future Network, American President Lines and Bank of America. Steve received his Executive and Life Coaching certification in July of 2010 from New Ventures West in San Francisco. Steve is committed to the growth and well-being of the Jewish community, and he works closely with agencies and individuals to provide human resources advice and coaching.