East Bay Federation and Foundation CEO Steps Down

 In Building

Dear Friends,

After 14 years of service to the East Bay Jewish community, Rabbi James Brandt has resigned from his position as CEO of the Jewish Federation and The Jewish Community Foundation of the East Bay.

Rabbi Brandt began at Federation as Director of the Center for Jewish Living and Learning, and was promoted to CEO in 2009. During his tenure, Rabbi Brandt shepherded the community through the adoption of a Community Impact Planning Process to encourage best practices in addressing unmet community needs. He also worked to develop important demographic community data to assist local agencies in their future planning. As a result, he helped create Sprout, an initiative that connects families with young children to the Jewish community.

He facilitated a partnership with PJ Library in the East Bay so that today, over 3,000 East Bay children receive free Jewish books and music every month. Rabbi Brandt also created a strong partnership between the East Bay community and the Dror Israel urban kibbutz in Akko, which provides assistance to at-risk Israeli youth. Rabbi Brandt oversaw the growth of The Jewish Community Foundation from $79 million to $140 million in assets under management.

We are grateful to him for his service. We appreciate his creativity and vision. He has had an important role in so many Federation and Foundation initiatives and programs. His work has touched many lives, and we wish him the best in his new endeavors.

We are working to determine the best step forward in terms of organizational leadership. For this coming year, our work continues uninterrupted. Federation and Foundation connect people to the Jewish community, connect Jewish organizations to each other, and connect the East Bay Jewish community to Jewish communities around the world. We will continue to provide these services to the community.

In a statement to the community, Rabbi Brandt wrote, “I have been privileged to serve our Jewish community and to be associated with talented colleagues, and dedicated and generous community leaders and philanthropists. As I depart Federation and Foundation, I do so with gratitude for the contributions of time, resources, and spirit that have sustained and built our Jewish community and have improved the lives of countless individuals and families. I step down knowing that Federation and Foundation will continue to benefit from strong leadership that will enable the organizations to meet the challenges and opportunities ahead.”


Steve Goldman, Federation President

Joel Kreisberg, Foundation President

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