I am pleased to announce that we have chosen Isaacson, Miller, a nationally known, Boston-based search firm to aid us with our search for a new JF&CS chief executive officer.

Since early February, a Search Firm Selection Committee composed of board president Jamie Grossman, vice president Andrew Pearlstein, and me, has been identifying and interviewing search firms with the requisite credentials to perform the search. Wendy Wilsker, senior vice president of institutional advancement, and Carl Zack, interim CEO, served as valuable staff to our committee. We interviewed four firms and ultimately selected Isaacson, Miller because of its long-standing reputation for conducting successful searches on behalf of numerous local Jewish communal organizations, as well as academic medical centers and human service organizations.

I am also pleased to announce that we have assembled a search committee that will begin its work soon. The members are:

  • Jamie Grossman, board president
  • Andrew Pearlstein, vice president
  • Steve Weil, vice president
  • Alexandra Simes, board member
  • Shari Cashman, board member
  • Mark Belsky, former JF&CS board member and longtime supporter of the agency
  • Neil Wallack, former chair, Combined Jewish Philanthropies Board of Directors

We expect Isaacson, Miller to begin its work by mid-March. Initially, Isaacson, Miller will spend several days in a “discovery” phase at JF&CS’s offices interviewing staff, board members, and other constituencies, to better understand our culture and the qualifications and expectations we have for a new CEO. Isaacson, Miller will then prepare a “Position Description,” find qualified candidates, and help us screen and interview them. The entire process is expected to take approximately six months. We will keep you informed as the search unfolds.

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