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DC and Dallas Federations name new CEOs

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January 07, 2011 at 1:11 PM


Jan. 5, 2011

The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington has hired Steven A. Rakitt to be its Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer.

Rakitt, currently the President and CEO of The Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta, was unanimously approved by the federationÕs board of directors and will begin his tenure next month.

ÒIt is an honor and privilege to be selected for this position,Ó said Rakitt. ÒMy personal values and passion have always aligned with the mission of Federation. I look forward to forging my experience and passion for this work with the strong foundation of The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington.Ó

Rakitt will be tasked with championing the federationÕs mandate to inspire, connect, educate and support Jews locally, in Israel and around the world.

From 2000-2010, Rakitt served as President and CEO of The Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta, where he led one of the largest non-profit organizations in the Southeast.

ÒI am delighted that Steve, a seasoned large-city Federation executive, will serve as our next CEO,Ó said the federationÕs President, Susie Gelman. ÒHe is a talented and capable leader who has dedicated his entire professional life to serving the Jewish community. His expertise will prove invaluable as we build a stronger, more vibrant Jewish community in the Greater Washington region.Ó

Before serving in Atlanta, Rakitt spent seventeen years as a senior professional at The Jewish Federation of Rhode Island, including seven years as Executive Vice President. Rakitt has been very involved in the continental Jewish Federation movement, as a chair of The Jewish Federations of North AmericaÕs Large City Executives Forum and as a member of the Executive Committees of the Jewish Agency for Israel and The Jewish Federations of North America.


Jan. 4, 2011

The Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas has appointed Susan Kramer as President and Chief Executive Officer. The appointment of Kramer, who will assume the post next month, concluded a national search by the Mandel Center for Leadership Excellence of The Jewish Federations of North America.

Currently the Chief Development Officer of the Allied Jewish Federation of Colorado, Kramer plans and implements the federation's annual Total Choice Tzedakah campaign and helped to launch the federation's collaborative model for fundraising.

Officials of The Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas said they are looking forward to Kramer's arrival. "The Dallas community is fortunate to hire a person with such passion and energy for the Jewish people," said David Veeder, chair of the board of the Federation. "Susan clearly possesses the leadership, vision and enthusiasm necessary to take our community to the next level."

Kramer began working at Federation after a successful career as a business owner and entrepreneur. Her volunteer work in founding the Boulder Jewish Festival led her to an interest in Jewish communal work. KramerÕs was first hired as the Boulder Division Director of the Federation, and was eventually was promoted to Chief Development Officer.

Kramer has been involved nationally as a speaker and trainer, teaching innovative fundraising to Federation leaders and professionals across the county. She earned a BS from the University of Maryland and a Masters in non-profit management from Regis University.

"The Mandel Center and JFNA should be proud that Dallas is one of the largest 'Large-Intermediate' Federations to have a woman CEO at its helm," said the Federation's Search Committee Co-Chair Jeff Rasansky. "Susan's style of leadership and enthusiasm will lead Dallas to extraordinary heights for many years to come."

The Mandel Center for Leadership Excellence at The Jewish Federations of North America provides a full range of Federation executive talent acquisition and transition services.

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