Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Jewish Federation Welcomes New Director of Community Partnerships

The Jewish Federation of San Diego County is pleased to announce that Don Schlesinger has joined the Federation staff as Senior Director of Community Partnerships. Don will lead Federation’s Israel and overseas initiatives, NextGen young adult outreach, Jewish camping, the community chaplaincy programs and the Jewish Community Relations Council.  He will work closely with the CEO, Board of Directors, partners and Federation staff to implement mission-driven initiatives in three strategic areas: fostering dynamic connections to Israel, broadening and deepening connections in Jewish life, and creating a more caring community.

“We are thrilled to welcome Don to the Federation,” said Michael Sonduck, President and CEO of the Jewish Federation.  After an extended search to fill this position which is key to the implementation of Federation's new Vision and Mission, we are excited to have found someone with Don's background, experience, reputation and energy.  We look forward to working with him to further grow and engage our community.”

Don practiced law for two decades in Las Vegas, where he was elected to public office as a member of the Clark County Commission.  Since 2005, Don has served in the Jewish nonprofit field, most recently as the Director of Community and Government Affairs for Jewish Family Service of Colorado and a Board Member of Allied Jewish Federation of Colorado.  Don earned his B.A in political science from the State University of New York at Albany and his law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of Law.  He's an avid softball and hockey player and loves to ski the Rockies.


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