Jewish Federation of San Diego County Appoints New CEO February 11, 2013
The Jewish Federation of San Diego County has appointed Michael M. Sonduck as president and chief executive officer. The Federation conducted the selection process with consultation from The Jewish Federations of North America Mandel Center for Leadership Excellence.
Sonduck has been interim president and CEO at the Federation since March of 2012. His work at the Federation began in 2004, and he has since served as a consultant, director of strategic implementation and as chief operating officer.
Prior to working for the San Diego Federation, Sonduck led a management-consulting practice for 25 years focusing on the role of leadership in strategic change. His clients included business, government and nonprofit leaders. A graduate of George Williams College, Sonduck is a published author and accomplished public speaker. Sonduck has also been active as a synagogue board member and led strategic-planning activities for several synagogues and Jewish organizations.
Claire Elman, chair of the Federation's board commented, “The Jewish Federation of San Diego County is honored and delighted that Michael Sonduck has accepted the position of president and CEO of our Federation. As he was interim CEO for the past 10 months, we were fortunate to observe Michael’s skills in many areas – especially in helping us forge a new purpose and strategy for our Federation, and building improved relationships with our partners and donors.
“We are so fortunate that his seven-years-prior experience with our Federation afforded us the added benefit of a smooth transition. Michael possesses the leadership, vision and enthusiasm that will move us to the next level in our community.”
JFNA’s Mandel Center provides a full range of Federation executive talent acquisition and transition services.