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First Woman CEO to Lead One
of the Large City Federations


May 17, 2010

The Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties has named Jennifer Gorovitz its new Chief Executive Officer.  She will be the first woman CEO to lead one of the largest 20 Federations in North America.  

Gorovitz has been acting CEO of the San Francisco Federation since 2009. She has been with the Federation for five years serving as chief of staff and as director of Funds and Foundations.   

“We are delighted to appoint Jennifer Gorovitz to this position and we believe that she has given us strong and decisive leadership during the past eight months,” said James Koshland, the San Francisco Federation’s president.  

“Jennifer is a smart, strategic and impassioned leader. We are certain she will guide the San Francisco Federation to new heights,” said Jerry Silverman, president and CEO of The Jewish Federations of North America.   

“I am looking forward to our continued relationship with Jennifer and the San Francisco Federation --  working together to help build the Jewish future in Northern California and around the world,” said Kathy Manning, chair of The Jewish Federations of North America.  

Gorovitz first volunteered at the Federation while she was an undergraduate at Stanford University, where she chaired the Federation’s student campaign. She later participated in the Wexner Heritage program, supported by Federations.    

Gorovitz is a member of the National Committee on Planned Giving, a member of the Northern California Planned Giving Council, the Council on Foundations Legislative Network and the California State Bar. A graduate of Georgetown University Law Center and Stanford University, Gorovitz clerked for the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims in Washington, was a litigator for Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison, a public defender for Santa Clara County, and counsel to public charities and private foundations for Coblentz, Patch, Duffy & Bass.

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