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

 

Our Board Officers

Julie B. Platt
Chair of the Board

Rochelle Cohen
Gen. Campaign Chair

Frank Maas
Vice Chair of the Board

Heidi Monkarsh
Vice Chair of the Board

Albert Z. Praw
Vice Chair of the Board

Jill Namm
Secretary

Nancy Beiser
Sylvia Weisz Women’s Philanthropy Co-Chair

Lynne Brookman
Sylvia Weisz Women’s Philanthropy Co-Chair

Julie B. Platt

Chair of the Board

Prior to her current roles as Chair of the Board and its Executive Committee, Julie served as General Campaign Chair, Chair of Federation’s Ensuring the Jewish Future Strategic Initiative, and Chair of Federation’s Sylvia Weisz Women’s Philanthropy. She was honored with the Ruby Award for her commitment to leadership and community service, presented by Women’s Philanthropy. She is on the Executive Committee of the Jewish Federations of North America and is the Chair-Elect of the Board of Directors of the Foundation for Jewish Camp.

Julie’s lifelong connection with the Jewish community began at Camp Ramah in Ojai, and today she’s a driving force behind raising funds to subsidize tuition for Jewish summer camps, allowing more families to provide this transformative experience for their children.

A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, Julie serves as Penn Alumni President. She and her husband Marc have five children and three young grandchildren.

Rochelle Cohen

Gen. Campaign Chair

Rochelle serves as Vice Chair of the Board and its Executive Committee. She has served as Chair, General Campaign Chair, President of the Women’s Department, and Women’s Campaign Chair for the Valley Alliance.

Rochelle currently chairs the Unistream Committee, created to support our exciting new partnership in Israel, which aims to close socioeconomic gaps and expand opportunities for all Israeli youth to gain skills, education, and confidence to participate in the startup nation. Having lived in Israel for four years, her leadership in this groundbreaking collaboration — and her past participation in the Tel Aviv-Los Angeles Partnership Steering Committee — was a direct result of her commitment to our support of the Israeli people.
Growing up in what she describes as a “Federation household,” Rochelle is a graduate of UCLA. She and her husband Freddy have three children and one granddaughter.

Frank Maas

Vice Chair of the Board

Frank, an active Board Member for over 35 years, is Vice Chair of the Board and a member of its Executive Committee. Other Federation leadership positions have included Secretary of the Board, President of the Metropolitan Region, Chair of Legal Services and the Business & Professional divisions, Chair of the Planning & Allocations and Budget & Finance Committees, and Vice Chair of the United Jewish Fund. Frank is also past Chair of the Board of the American Jewish University, currently serving on its Executive Committee, and a member of the Advisory Board of the Jewish Community Foundation. He was the first recipient of the Federation’s Bruce I. Hochman Maimonides Torch of Justice award.

Professionally, he is President of F.S. Maas & Company Incorporated, a real estate investment and management firm.

A graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, Frank received his law degree from the University of Southern California. He and his wife Virginia have two children and two 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.

Albert Z. Praw

Vice 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.

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.

Nancy Beiser

Sylvia Weisz Women’s Philanthropy Co-Chair

Nancy serves as Sylvia Weisz Women’s Philanthropy Co-Chair and is a member of the Federation’s Board of Directors and Executive Committee. Prior to this role, Nancy was the Women’s Philanthropy Vice Chair, Lion of Judah Chair, Vice Chair of Special Events, and Event Chair. Having traveled on Federation missions to Israel, Poland, Morocco, Cuba, Hungary, and Russia, she has had the privilege of seeing firsthand Federation’s extraordinary work and strong impact on the lives of so many in Jewish communities worldwide.

In addition to her work with the Federation, Nancy serves on the AIPAC Valley Executive Committee, Camp Ramah Executive Board, AJU University Women Board, Birthright Leadership Council, and Valley Beth Shalom Synagogue Board of Directors.

Nancy is a graduate of UCLA and has her own business, By Nancy, personalizing gifts and party favors. Nancy is married to Scott, and they have two children.

Lynne Brookman

Sylvia Weisz Women’s Philanthropy Co-Chair

In addition to her role as Sylvia Weisz Women’s Philanthropy Co-Chair, Lynne also serves on the Federation’s Board of Directors and its Executive Committee. She has previously held many leadership positions in Women’s Philanthropy, including Lion of Judah Chair, Ruby Chair, Chai Chair, Brentwood Country Club Chair, L’dor V’dor Chair, and Lion of Judah Conference Co-Chair.

Lynne was the inaugural recipient of the Doris Factor Leadership Award in 2006 and received the Ruby Award in 2014. In 2018, she will act as a mentor to a young professional participating in the Federation’s Community Leadership Institute and serve on the PK-12 committee. She is also a board member of Women’s Guild Cedars-Sinai.

Lynne and her husband Stewart have two grown children.