We are excited to announce that the JF&CS Board of Directors voted unanimously to appoint Gail Schulman as the new chief executive officer of Jewish Family & Children’s Service (JF&CS). Gail’s appointment follows an eight-month national search.

Gail is currently chief operating officer at Gann Academy, Greater Boston’s independent Jewish high school. There, she is responsible for all of Gann’s business functions, including finance, human resources, marketing, facilities and operations. She also oversees and implements strategic initiatives at the school. Prior to joining Gann in 2016, she spent more than 20 years leading complex businesses in the high-tech sector, serving as CEO and COO for businesses of up to 500 staff and $200+ million in revenue. A passionate volunteer leader, Schulman has served as the board chair of Kesher Newton, led committees focused on youth and education at Temple Reyim and served as fundraising and recruitment chair at Teen Voices. She graduated summa cum laude from Harvard University. Schulman lives in Newton with her husband and two children.

On behalf of the Board of Directors, it is a tremendous honor to bring Gail Schulman to JF&CS as our next CEO. As a highly regarded, successful business executive, Gail brings the skills necessary to manage a complex, multi-faceted organization. Gail combines her brilliant, sharp mind and business acumen with a warm heart and deep compassion for the mission of the agency. Her experience managing complex businesses brings a fresh perspective to JF&CS.

Our search firm reached out to many sources, referrals and prospective candidates. In early July, the team presented candidate resumes to the CEO Search Committee. These candidates represented a variety of for-profit and nonprofit sectors, backgrounds in health care, Jewish communal organizations, higher education, advocacy and social service agencies, as well as diversity in gender and cultural background. Candidates were both local and from different parts of the country.

This is a critical and exciting moment in our agency’s history. We are fortunate to have Carl Zack as our interim CEO, who is leading the agency with a firm and steady hand and a heart that cares deeply about every client we serve. Carl is committed to his role until Gail officially joins JF&CS after the new year.

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