Our team of professionals and volunteers meets the needs of our community by working together to provide resources and raise support.

 

Our Board Officers

Albert Z. Praw
Chair of the Board

Orna Wolens
Gen. Campaign Chair

Lynn Bider
Vice Chair of the Board

Heidi Monkarsh
Vice Chair of the Board

Jerry Coben
Vice Chair of the Board

Jill Namm
Secretary

Harold Masor
Treasurer

Albert Z. Praw

Chair of the Board

In addition to serving as Vice Chair of the Board, Albert serves on the Federation’s Executive Committee and chairs the Strategic Planning and Distribution Committee. He previously served as Chair of the Finance & Administration Committee and as a member of the Budget Committee.

Albert was honored in 2017 with the Federation’s Bruce I. Hochman Maimonides Torch of Justice Award.  Among his other leadership positions are serving as a member of the Board of Governors of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, the Board of Directors of Shaare Zedek Hospital of Jerusalem, and Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters. Albert is also the past President of Stephen Wise Temple.

Albert is Executive Vice President, Real Estate and Business Development, of KB Home (formerly Kaufman and Broad Home Corp.) He graduated with honors from the University of California, Berkeley, and received his law degree from UCLA Law School, graduating with Order of Coif honors.

Albert and his wife Heidi have four children and seven grandchildren.

Heidi Monkarsh

Vice Chair of the Board

Heidi serves as Vice Chair of the Board and on the Federation’s Executive Committee. Previously, she served as Chair of Sylvia Weisz Women’s Philanthropy, Chair of the Ensuring the Jewish Future strategic initiative, and Chair of Young Adult Engagement and Leadership Development. She helped create and launch both YALA (Young Adults of Los Angeles) and CLI (Community Leadership Institute). Heidi is also currently Vice Chair of Education and Leadership on the National Women’s Philanthropy Board and a board member of JFNA (Jewish Federations of North America). She is also on the board of the Los Angeles Jewish Community Foundation.

In 2001, Heidi received the Mildred Allenberg/Dorothy Handler Young Leadership Award, and in 2007 was awarded the Doris Factor Leadership Award. She is a past member of National Young Leadership Cabinet. In 2017, Heidi was honored with the Woman of Achievement Award from the American Jewish University.

Heidi and her husband Jon have two adult children.

Jill Namm

Secretary

Prior to becoming Valley Alliance Chair, Jill was Valley Alliance Campaign Co-Chair, Valley Alliance Women’s Philanthropy President, and Valley Alliance Women’s Campaign Chair. She is also an Executive Committee member of the Federation’s Board and a past member of the Board of National Women’s Philanthropy (NWP). Having traveled on Federation missions to Israel, Poland, Ethiopia, Budapest, and most recently to Russia last year, she has seen firsthand our work’s impact on the lives of those in Jewish communities worldwide. A Lion of Judah since 1998, Jill was Co-Recruitment Chair for the ILOJC in New York City in 2012, co-chaired the H2H mission to Israel, and is currently the Vice Chair of Communication on the NWP Board. Jill has received the Kipnis-Wilson/Friedland Award, the Golda Award, and the Rita Reznikoff Award. She and her husband Steven reside in Encino. Together, they have three children and two grandchildren.