The Jewish Federation Strengthens Its Team To Make A Bigger Impact In Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES – August 5, 2010 – The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles continues strengthening its professional staff as part of an organizational transformation being led by its President, Jay Sanderson. “Our goals are to strengthen our work, build our community, and assure that our Federation is at the heart of Jewish life in Los Angeles,” said Sanderson.

Catherine Schneider has been hired as Senior Vice President, Community Engagement and Lanny Levine joins the organization as Vice President, Premier Philanthropy. These hires follow Ivan Wolkind being brought in as Chief Operating and Financial Officer in July.

  “In order to increase the Federation’s impact, we must build and grow our relationships with both Jewish and non-Jewish community partners, while simultaneously expanding our reach to engage more people in joining with us,” said Sanderson.  “We expect that Catherine and Lanny will play key roles in fulfilling that vision. Furthermore, we will continue deepening and adding to the expertise of our professional staff as needed in order to increase our effectiveness on behalf of the community.”

Schneider will lead the Federation’s community relations efforts and programs, as well expand its social justice and Israel advocacy work. Prior to joining the Federation, she served as the Los Angeles Director of AIPAC (the American Israel Public Affairs Committee) and was responsible for pro-Israel political activity and coalition building in 10 congressional districts. In that capacity, she was a lead partner in a community coalition that successfully lobbied the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to divest its pension funds from companies doing business in Iran’s energy sector. Before joining AIPAC, Catherine was the Assistant Director of the Progressive Jewish Alliance. Earlier in her career, she served as the first Development Director of Beit T’Shuvah, a Jewish community addiction prevention and treatment center.

Levine will be responsible for cultivating major gifts and new prospects, as well as multi-year, six-figure commitments from community members who want to fund a specific program that aligns with their personal philanthropic passion and fits within the Federation’s priorities of caring for Jews in need, ensuring the Jewish future and engaging in our community. Most recently, Levine was the Chief Development Officer for The Jewish Federation of Las Vegas where he was responsible for planning, managing, coordinating and integrating all financial resource development initiatives. Previously, he served as the Executive Director of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

Based on Jewish values, The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles convenes and leads the community and leverages its resources to assure the continuity of the Jewish people, support a secure State of Israel, care for Jews in need here and abroad, and mobilize on issues of concern to the local community, all with our local, national, and international partners. For more information, visit our website at

Mitch Hamerman/(323) 761-8133/

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