Board of Directors

The Foundation adheres to the highest standards of governance with a strong commitment to financial security, full transparency and accountability.

The Foundation is led by a volunteer Board of Directors including highly qualified leaders from around the region. The Board oversees a strong committee structure involving a diverse group of volunteers. The Foundation’s Board provides stewardship and management for all contributed funds. Serving without compensation, Board members approve grants, monitor investment performance and the budget, review compensation of senior staff members, and oversee the operations of the Foundation.

The Foundation’s financial statements are audited annually by an independent public accounting firm. The audited financial statements are available on our Web site and for public inspection at the offices of the Foundation. The Foundation’s operating expenses remain efficient compared to other foundations of our size.

The Foundation has established an Ethics Policy, a Conflict of Interest Policy, and a Confidentiality Policy, which adhere to the highest level of best practices.

Individually, the men and women who comprise the Board represent the San Diego Jewish community’s most distinguished and experienced civic and business leaders.

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Sydney Selati

Chair, Board of Directors

JCF Involvement:

  • Audit Committee, Chair
  • Board Advancement Committee
  • Charitable Real Estate Fund Committee
  • Endowments and Grants Committee
  • ELI Committee
  • Executive Committee, Chair
  • Finance and Systems Committee
  • Human Resources Committee
  • Investment Committee
  • Philanthropy Committee

Other Community Boards:

  • San Diego Chapter of Friends of the Israel Defense Forces
  • Immediate past Chairman of the Israel
    Tennis Centers

Professional Affiliation:

  • Investor
  • Board Member of Hansen Natural Corporation
  • Advisory Board Member of San Diego
    Private Bank
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Janet Acheatel

JCF Involvement:

  • ELI Committee
  • Investment Committee, Chair
  • Jewish Women’s Foundation Leadership Council

Other Community Boards:

  • Congregation Beth Israel, ALEINU Committee
  • Hillel of San Diego

Professional Affiliation:

  • HoyleCohen, Senior Wealth Advisor
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Edgar Berner

JCF Involvement:

  • Audit Committee
  • Past President

Other Community Boards:

  • Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center Investment Committee
  • Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, Past Chair
  • Jewish Family Service Investment Committee
  • Jewish Family Service Search Committee
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Marc Channick

JCF Involvement:

  • Finance and Systems Committee
  • Investment Committee

  Other Community Boards:

  • Jewish Family Service
  • Jewish Federation Co-Chair, Men’s Event 2009

   Professional Affiliation:

  •  Delphi Private Advisors, Partner
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Elaine Chortek

JCF Involvement:

  • Endowments and Grants Committee
  • ELI Committee
  • Jewish Women’s Foundation

Other Community Boards:

  • Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center
  • Jewish Federation of San Diego County, Legacy Committee

Professional Affiliation:

  • Community Volunteer
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Paul Datnow

JCF Involvement:

  • Charitable Real Estate Fund Committee

Other Community Boards:

  • Federation, Past Board Member

Professional Affiliation:

  • Qualcomm, Senior Legal Counsel
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Emily Einhorn

JCF Involvement:

  • Charitable Real Estate Fund Committee, Chair
  • Investment Committee
  • Jewish Women’s Foundation

Other Community Boards:

  • Soille Hebrew Day School

Professional Affiliation:

  • Real Estate Investor
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Graeme Gabriel

JCF Involvement:

  • Board Advancement Committee
  • Finance and Systems Committee
  • Young Funders

Other Community Boards:

  • Congregation Beth El

Professional Affiliation:

  • ColRich, Chief Operating Officer
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Elaine Galinson

JCF Involvement:

  • Jewish Women’s Foundation
  • Past Foundation Board Member
  • Philanthropy Committee

 Other Community Boards:

  • Past Jewish Federation Board Member
  • National JDC Board Member
  • Past Chair of UCSD Foundation
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Bobbie Gilbert

JCF Involvement:

  • Philanthropy Committee, Co-Chair

Other Community Boards:

  • National Conflict Resolution Center, Past Chair
  • Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest, Past Board Member
  • Very active with the ArtPower Program at UCSD

Professional Affiliation:

  • Retired Marriage and Family Therapist
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Orin Green

JCF Involvement:

  • ELI Committee, Chair
  • Professional Advisors Council

Other Community Boards:

  • Chabad Hebrew Academy
  • Friendship Circle, Advisory Board
  • Chabad of University City, Past President

Professional Affiliation:

  • Managing Director of Orin Green & Associates,
    A Private Wealth Advisory Practice of Ameriprise Financial
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Jerry Gumpel

JCF Involvement:

  • Finance Committee
  • Professional Advisor Committee

Other Community Boards:

  • San Diego County Bar Association, Member
  • State Bar of California, Member
  • Regional Board of the Anti-Defamation League, National Commissioner and Former Chairman

Professional Affiliation:

  • Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton, LLC, Partner
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Henry Haimsohn

Treasurer

JCF Involvement:

  • Endowments and Grants Committee
  • Executive Committee
  • Finance and Systems Committee, Chair

Other Community Boards:

  • Past Chair 2-1-1

Professional Affiliation:

  • Pace Membership Warehouse, Inc., Past President
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Selwyn Isakow

JCF Involvement:

  • Endowments and Grants Committee
  • Strategies Task Force
  • Fee Task Force

Other Community Boards:

  • Public Companies: Champion Enterprises, Ramco-Gershenson and San Diego Private Bank
  • Private Companies: Oxford Automotive, Yale Rubber Corporation, Vesco Oil, Zacova Tool and Die, National Forest Products, Packaging Concepts and Design, Fourslides, CB Distribution, B&E Merchandising, The Private Bank and Sealine International
  • Community Organizations: City of Hope, University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center, Detroit Medical Center, Sinai Health Care Foundation, Greater Detroit Health Council, Jewish Fund and Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit

Professional Affiliation:

  • The Oxford Investment Group, Inc., Chairman, CEO and Founder
  • San Diego Private Bank, Chairman and Founder
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Joan Jacobs

Vice Chair

JCF Involvement:

  • Board Advancement Committee, Chair
  • Executive Committee

Other Community Boards:

  • San Diego Symphony Foundation, Chair
  • Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Chair of International Collectors Committee and Member of Accessions Committee
  • San Diego Opera, Member of Dow Divas
  • UCSD Friends of the Stuart Collection, Chair
  • La Jolla Playhouse, Executive and Nominating Committee

Professional Affiliation:

  • Arts Advocate
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David Kabakoff

JCF Involvement:

  • Previous Foundation Board Member

Professional Affiliation:

  • Venture Capitalist in the Biopharmaceutical Industry
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Michael Levinson

JCF Involvement:

  • Endowments and Grants Committee
  • Finance and Systems Committee
  • Human Resources Committee, Chair

 Other Community Boards:

  • Congregation Beth El, Past Treasurer
  • United Jewish Federation, Campaign Chair UJA National Young Leadership Cabinet
  • La Jolla Playhouse, Past Board Member

Professional Affiliation:

  • Partner at Cooley LLP
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Luis Maizel

Secretary

JCF Involvement:

  • Executive Committee
  • Investment Committee

Other Community Boards:

  • Ken Jewish Community
  • NAFIN Overseas
  • University of San Diego, Investment Committee Chair

Professional Affiliation:

  • LM Capital Group, Senior Managing Director
  • Mexican Development Bank
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Brian Miller

Assistant Secretary

JCF Involvement:

  • Executive Committee
  • Philanthropy Committee

Other Community Boards:

  • Words Alive

Professional Affiliation:

  • Geppetto’s Toys, President
  • The Good Toy Group, Board Chair
  • Community Volunteer
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Allen Reibman

JCF Involvement:

  • Finance and Systems Committee

Professional Affiliation:

  • Reibman & Company, President
  • McGladrey, Former Managing Director
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Jane Scher

Immediate Past Chair

JCF Involvement:

  • Board Advancement Committee
  • Endowments and Grants Committee
  • ELI Committee
  • Executive Committee
  • Human Resources Committee
  • Jewish Women’s Foundation

 Other Community Boards:

  • Hillel of San Diego, Past President
  • Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life, Past Executive Committee Member
  • UJF Women’s Division, Past President
  • Founder of www.shopinisrael.com

Professional Affiliation:

  • Teacher
  • National Conflict Resolution Center, Senior Officer, External Relations
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Barbara Sherman

JCF Involvement:

  • Philanthropy Committee, Co-Chair
  • Jewish Women’s Foundation

Other Community Boards:

  • Lawrence Family JCC, Past Board and Executive Committee Member
  • Jewish Federation, Past Board and Executive Committee Member
  • Women’s Division, Campaign Chair and President, National Executive Committee

Professional Affiliation:

  • Former Educator
  • Former Women’s Division Director, Campaign Director and Major Gifts Officer for the Jewish Federation of San Diego County
  • Former Area Director for AIPAC
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Lawrence Sherman

General Counsel

JCF Involvement:

  • Audit Committee
  • Board Advancement Committee
  • Charitable Real Estate Fund Committee
  • Executive Committee
  • Human Resources Committee
  • Past President

Other Community Boards:

  • Beth El Foundation, Chair
  • Jewish Family Service Foundation
  • Jewish Federation of San Diego, Past President

Professional Affiliation:

  • Of Counsel to Solomon Ward Seidenwurm & Smith
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Jeffrey Silberman

Past Chair

JCF Involvement:

  • Board Advancement Committee
  • Executive Committee

Other Community Boards:

  • Congregation Beth Israel, Past President
  • Francis Parker School

Professional Affiliation:

  • Carleton Management, Inc., President
  • Attorney
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Leo Spiegel

Vice Chair

JCF Involvement:

  • Board Advancement Committee
  • Executive Committee

Other Community Boards:

  • Trustee of the UC San Diego Foundation, Chair of Development Committee
  • Dean’s Advisory Council, Rady School of Management at UCSD

Professional Affiliation:

  • Mission Ventures, Managing Partner
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Brian Tauber

Federation Representative

JCF Involvement:

  • Executive Committee
  • Previous Foundation Board Member

Other Community Boards:

  • The Jewish Federation of San Diego County, Chair

   Professional Affiliation:

  • CPP Global, Chief Executive Officer and President
  • C Enterprises, L.P., President and Chief Executive Officer
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Andrew Viterbi

Vice Chair

JCF Involvement:

  • Executive Committee
  • Past President

Other Community Boards:

  • Burnham Institute
  • Scripps Research Institute

Professional Affiliation:

  • Viterbi Group, President
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Caryn Viterbi

Assistant Secretary

JCF Involvement:

  • Endowments and Grants Committee, Chair
  • Executive Committee

Other Community Boards:

  • Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center
  • San Diego Center for Jewish Culture, Past President
  • Jewish Federation of San Diego County
  • Agency for Jewish Education, Past President
  • ADL, Regional Advisory Board
  • San Diego Jewish Academy, Past Board Service
  • Congregation Beth El, ELI Past Chair

Professional Affiliation:

  • Community Volunteer
  • Attorney, former San Diego County Deputy District Attorney
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Ellen Whelan

JCF Involvement:

  • Endowments and Grants Committee
  • Human Resources Committee
  • Professional Advisors Council, Current Member and Former Chair

Other Community Boards:

  • San Diego Museum of Art, Board of Trustees, Officer and Executive Committee
  • UCSD, Planned Giving Executive Committee
  • YMCA, Gift Planning Advisors Council

Professional Affiliation:

  • Attorney with DLA Piper, Partner specializing in Estate Planning