Friday, February 20, 2015

Heather Wolfson | Senior Director of Community Partnerships

The Jewish Federation of San Diego County is pleased to announce that Heather Wolfson has been appointed Senior Director of Community Partnerships. She will work closely with the CEO, Board of Directors, partners and Federation staff to implement mission-driven initiatives in three strategic areas: building a vibrant and long-lasting Jewish community for future generations, broadening and deepening connections to Jewish life in San Diego, and transforming San Diego into one of the most welcoming, all-inclusive, caring, and connected Jewish communities. Heather will lead Federation’s Community Teen Initiative, NextGen young adult outreach, Aging in Community program, Shalom San Diego initiative, and Israel and Overseas program.

“We are delighted that Heather is stepping into this important leadership role,” said Michael Sonduck, President and CEO of Federation. “In her two years at Federation, Heather has been instrumental in the implementation of Federation's new vision and mission. With her remarkable background in non-profit management, impeccable track record of achievements in Jewish leadership, and unrelenting energy – we know she will be an engine of growth and engagement in our local Jewish community.” 

While working to receive her dual B.A. in journalism and communications from the University of Arizona then her M.B.A. from Loyola Marymount University, Heather worked in the nonprofit world. While living in Los Angeles, Heather served as a nonprofit management consultant and Managing Director of the Avi Schaefer Fund. In addition to her extensive non-profit experience, Heather is well versed in and has demonstrated professional leadership in the Jewish community. In her previous positions, Heather served as Special Projects Coordinator at Hillel; Marketing Manager of MAZON: A Jewish response to Hunger; and Western Regional Director of NEXT: A Division of Birthright Israel Foundation.

Outside of work, Heather is an active and involved community member. She is currently a member of the ROI community, serves on a handful of community committees, and has participated in the Emma and Jeremiah (Progressive Jewish Alliance/Bend the Arc) Fellowship program. When Heather isn’t serving the San Diego Jewish community, she can be found spending time with her husband, two children, and extended family.

“As a mother of two young boys, creating a strong, vibrant, caring, and connected Jewish community is extremely important to me,” said Heather. “San Diego is home to me, and as I raise my children – imparting Jewish identity, education, and values – I want my kids to have a strong and supportive Jewish community to grow up in and to become members of.”


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