Board of Directors
Paul is an investment advisor with Osborne Partners Capital Management LLC. He was previously the founder and principal of AKJ Asset Management, LLC in Palo Alto, CA, which was merged into Osborne in December of 2012. Paul has been a board member of a number of non-profit organizations over the last 35 years, including the San Francisco Art Institute, Jewish Family and Children Services, the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco and the Oshman Family Jewish Community Center in Palo Alto. While Paul’s main area of involvement with JCRC is on the financial operations side, he is deeply committed to all of JCRC’s initiatives and particularly interested in its work on Israel, economic inequality, and race relations.
Vice President/President Elect
Jennifer Wolfe is an accomplished, mission-driven leader with more than 20 years of experience in building and scaling organizations. She is currently an independent consultant, bringing her expertise to help education organizations and companies strengthen their strategic planning, program design, partnerships, marketing and communications. Prior to launching her consulting practice, Jennifer was a partner with The Learning Accelerator where she led the organization’s initiatives around Open Educational Resources and partnerships. Jennifer is a dedicated member of the Jewish community and serves on the JCRC Board of Directors and Executive Committee as well as on the National Advisory Council of the Institute for Curriculum Studies.
Russell is a litigation partner in Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe's San Francisco office, where he focuses on antitrust and other complex business litigation and maintains a pro bono practice focused on international human rights. Russell is past President of the board of The Brandeis School of San Francisco, an active member at The Kitchen and was a participant on the 2016 Irving Rabin Community Building Mission to Israel. Russell and his family live in San Francisco.
Neil is the Chief Financial Officer of the Charles Armstrong School in Belmont, an independent school serving 240 students with dyslexia and related language-based learning differences. Prior to joining Armstrong, he was a Managing Director of H.I.G. Capital, a private equity firm, where he co-founded the San Francisco office in 2003. Neil has also worked at Summit Partners, Bridge Medical, Goldman Sachs and New York Cares, a not-for-profit focused on organizing volunteer activities in New York City. Neil has served in several leadership roles at Congregation Beth Am, including as chair of the social action committee and on search committees. He has had previous experience with JCRC with an issue at his daughter's school a few years ago. Neil received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania and his MBA from Harvard Business School.
Karen practiced optometry in Sunnyvale for 30 years, and also served on clinical faculty at Optometry School at Cal. Over the years, she has been an active community volunteer and was as a board member of several non-profit organizations, including Congregation Beth Am in Los Altos Hills. She served on the board of Peninsula Interfaith Action and as president of the board of El Camino Youth Symphony Association. She and her husband lived in Cambridge, UK, from 2007-2010, where she served as a Council Member of Reform synagogue in Cambridge. Since 2003, she has been member of the Advisory Board for the San Francisco Bay Area region of Facing History and Ourselves, an international educational organization which provides training for educators worldwide with the goal of reducing prejudice and antisemitism and creating more humane and engaged citizenry.
Immediate Past President
Marty is litigation partner at the San Francisco office of Cooley, LLP, where he specializes in complex business litigation. In addition to his work with JCRC, Marty sits on AIPAC’s Northern California Advisory Board. In the past, he has been active in a number of Jewish organizations, including the American Jewish World Service, Jewish Vocational Services, and the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund.
Members of the Board
Laurie Beijen runs a real estate investment and management business, after a lengthy career in political and policy communications. She serves on the 18 Doors (formerly known as InterFaith Family) national board and program committee and is also on the San Francisco Bay Area 18 Doors Leadership Council. Laurie is actively involved with Congregation Emanu-El of San Francisco, where she is on the Interfaith programming committee and the Tribe for Women (moms' group) programming committee, and also serves on the Parent Association of the Brandeis School of San Francisco.
Laurie holds a degree in political science from UC Santa Barbara with an emphasis in International Relations. She is a San Francisco native and lives in San Francisco.
Alex is a late-stage technology investor with more than 20 years of investment banking experience and currently serves as a managing partner at Kingfisher Investment Advisors. As an active congregant at Beth Sholom, a parent who previously had children at the Brandeis School of San Francisco, and a very active member of the Board of Directors of Camp Ramah Northern California, Alex is a committed Jewish community member.
Sandi is a Partner and Managing Director in planning strategy and research at Aspiriant, a wealth management firm in San Francisco. In 2012, she was the first female advisor listed on Barron’s Top 100 Independent Advisors List. Working in the wealth management space for more than 20 years, Sandi has been quoted in numerous media outlets, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Barron’s, CNBC, Bloomberg TV, Fox Business News, USA Today, The Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, and ABC7/KGO-TV. She has a B.A. in business economics and holds CFP and CPA licenses. Sandi lives in Marin and serves on the Board of Congregation Emanu-El.
Jill has been teaching in the Jewish community for 15 years. She has worked with schools and congregations, spent several years as a chaplain at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco and is a volunteer chaplain for the San Francisco Sheriff's Department. Jill has led trips to Israel, Ghana and New Orleans for Birthright Israel, American Jewish World Service and Jewish Funds for Justice, respectively. She has participated in JCRC’s strategic planning process and has been a committed member of the Assembly. Most recently, she was the vice chair of the membership committee. She has studied at HUC-JIR, the Jewish Theological Seminary, the Conservative Yeshiva, and the Shalom Hartman Institute and enjoys exploring ways in which her Bachelor’s degree in cognitive science connects with Jewish experience.
Bruce is an attorney who recently retired after 26 years as Executive Director of Huckleberry Youth Programs, a leading youth and family services agency in San Francisco and Marin. Prior to that, Bruce was a partner in a national research and consulting firm where he led national studies in juvenile justice, runaway youth, child and adolescent abuse, and family violence. Bruce has served on the boards of Jewish Family and Children Services and Congregation Sherith Israel, where he and his wife, Marlene Litvak, are long-time members. Bruce served as co-chair of San Francisco’s Living Wage Task Force and was a co-founder (with Ann Lazarus) of the SF Human Services Network. Bruce received a Jefferson Award for Public Service and is a graduate of the University of Washington with a J.D. from Harvard Law School.
“Col. Pete” served in the U.S. Army for almost 30 years, including two years in the Republic of Vietnam, a tour of duty in the Pentagon and two tours in the Department of Physical Education at West Point. His final assignment on active duty was as the Inspector General for the Sixth Army at the Presidio of San Francisco.
After retiring from the Army in 1990, Pete managed a medical group for five years, after which served as Dean at a local business college, and then as Director of Administration for a Silicon Valley communications corporation. From 2001 to 2007 he was the Director of Public Works in Daly City.
A San Francisco resident, Pete currently serves on the Board of the Interfaith Center at the Presidio, the Korean War Memorial Foundation, and the West Point Jewish Chapel Fund. He previously served as Chairman of the Board for Goodwill Industries in the Bay Area, President of Congregation B'nai Emunah, President of Lake Merced Golf Club, and was on the Board of the Boy Scouts Bay Area Council, San Francisco Hillel, and on several San Francisco City government Advisory committees. In addition, Pete has been a leader in the Jewish War Veterans and helped create an annual “Hiring our Heroes,” a job fair to assist veterans, service members and spouses seeking employment. He serves on the JCRC Assembly and Public Policy Committee.
Pete graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, and earned a Masters Degree at the University of Wisconsin."
Christina Jefferson is the Senior Manager of Inclusion and Diversity at Sephora USA. Before joining the company in 2015, she worked for numerous retail/consumer goods companies, including Gap, Inc., J. Crew and Banana Republic. She received her M.S. in human resource management from Golden Gate University and her B.S. in ceramics from the University of Southern Indiana.
From 2005-2008, Christina was the captain of the Ohio Roller Girls LLC in Columbus, OH, where she met her now spouse, Julie Driscoll, who also was a skater. The two were married in 2015 at Congregation Sherith Israel, where Christina chairs the Membership Committee. They live in San Francisco.
Myrna is the Executive Director of the Jamestown Community Center, a Mission District-based nonprofit serving low-income and at-risk children, youth and their families through programs that include after-school enrichment, summer programming, academic tutoring, arts, sports and social/emotional peer support. She is also a member of the San Francisco City Planning Commission, appointed by London Breed, president of the Board of Supervisors. Prior to her work at Jamestown, Myrna was the deputy director of the Mission Economic Development Agency, a nonprofit providing asset-building and financial services to low-income Latino families. She was the director of Homeownership Programs at the San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Housing during the Newsom administration, and served three terms on the City's Building Inspection Commission and as president of the commission's Board of Appeals. Myrna traveled to Israel this April on JCRC’s civic leaders’ trip, is a current member of the JCRC Assembly and sits on the executive board of the Latino Democratic Club.
Myrna’s family emigrated from El Salvador to the U.S. in the 1980s, settling in the Mission District. She received her B.A. from San Francisco State University, and her Master's in urban planning with a concentration in housing development from Columbia University.
Public Policy Chair
David is the former president of the Sherith Israel board of trustees and currently co-chairs Sherith Israel’s campaign to raise funds for its seismic retrofit project. Beyond his commitments to the Jewish community, he is an attorney for the Federal Trade Commission, splitting time between consumer protection and competition. David grew up in San Francisco, attending Lick-Wilmerding High School and UC Berkeley.
Jan is the Executive Director of Byer Square, a one-of-a-kind community center located in the San Francisco Campus for Jewish Living (SFCJL). She has also been the project manager, strategist, and team collaborator in the transformation of the SFCJL Silver Avenue redevelopment. She has founded or co-created four organizations including one marketing communications agency and several successful non-profits, including the Young Israel Business Alliance in New York City and the Jewish Community High School of the Bay (JCHS) in San Francisco. After her initial work as a co-founder of JCHS, she held the professional positions of Director of Marketing, Interim Director of Development and Interim Co-Head of School. Jan sat on the San Francisco-based Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund board of trustees for six years and is a Past President of Women’s Philanthropy.
Josh is an associate at McGuireWoods LLP, a full-service firm providing legal and public affairs solutions to corporate, individual and nonprofit clients worldwide. Josh received his B.A. in international relations and economics from George Washington University and his J.D. from Hastings College of Law.
A San Francisco resident, Josh has served as the President of the Board of Directors of ArtPoint, the 900-member young professionals’ division of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco since 2012. He is a member of Bay Area Advisory Board for Facing History and Ourselves and co-chaired their 2014 annual benefit. Josh also serves on the Board of Directors of the Contemporaries, the young professionals’ division of the Contemporary Jewish Museum. In 2019, Josh chaired the “Next Wave” committee for Behind the Scenes; a committee on which he previously served.
Sue Ann Schiff has held leadership positions in nonprofits, higher education and the corporate sector, most recently as Executive Director of San Francisco Botanical Garden from 2011 through 2018. Prior to joining the Botanical Garden, she was Associate Director for Youth, Family and Recreation at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco, leading the JCCSF’s largest program area. As Executive Director of Legal Community Against Violence, she grew the organization to national prominence and impact in the gun violence prevention movement. As Assistant Dean at the School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley, she developed policy to advance the school’s standing and financial health.
Sue Ann grew up in Michigan City, Indiana, and now resides in San Francisco, after living most of her adult life in the East Bay. She is a long-time congregant of Temple Sinai in Oakland and is also a member of Congregation Emanu-El, as well as Sinai Temple in Michigan City. Her husband Bob Schiff (z”l) was a long time JCRC Metro Council member.
Middle East Strategy Committee Co-Chair
Karen Schiller has lived in San Francisco for over 30 years, in the same apartment for all but six months of those years. She is a past President at Congregation Sha’ar Zahav and works at Congregation Emanu-El as the Accounting Manager. She is a member at-large of the JCRC.
Middle East Strategy Committee Co-Chair
William Schwartz is a partner at Morrison & Foerster and concentrates on the representation of companies in business transactions and counseling involving intellectual property and technology. In addition, he has held leadership positions at the firm, including founding Co-Chair of the firm's Intellectual Property practice (1990-1997) and Managing Partner for Operations of the firm (1997-1999). Before starting his law career, William was a reporter and editor of the Asian edition of The Wall Street Journal.
Cissie Swig is Founder and President of ComCon International and founder, Roselyne C. Swig Artsource (1978-94) and was Director of the U.S. Department of State Art in Embassies Program by President William J. Clinton (1994-97). She devoted decades to philanthropic and community service efforts with focus on women’s empowerment, social welfare, fine art, political advocacy and education. She is founder of Partners Ending Domestic Abuse and the Bayview Alliance. Her board memberships include: Vital Voices Global Partnership, KQED, NPR Foundation, Mills College and Shalom Hartman Institute. She also serves SF Art Institute, Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archives, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Contemporary Jewish Museum, AIPAC, American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, San Francisco-based Jewish Community Federation & Endowment Fund. She is the National Gallery of Art’s past co-chair of the Collector’s Committee and member of United Religions Initiative’s President’s Council and of SF Haifa Sister City Committee.
Cissie served as past president of SF Arts Commission, 1982-86, and as a member of SF Library Commission, 1989-92. She has received a wide variety of honors from more than a dozen institutions. On May 17, 2013, when she was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the San Francisco Arts Commission, Mayor Ed Lee proclaimed the day as Mrs. Roselyne C. Swig Day in San Francisco. In 2015, JCRC awarded her the JCRC Jewish-Civic Leadership Award. In 2016, she received the Philanthropy in the Arts Award from The Americans for the Arts and, in 2017, she received the Changing Lives Award from Shalom Bayit.
Peter Yolles is an impact investor at Helios Capital Ventures, which invests in renewable energy, water and other environmental technology companies. He was previously founder and CEO of WaterSmart Software, a data analytics and customer engagement platform serving the utility market.
Peter earned a BA from the University of Colorado Boulder and his MBA and Master’s in environmental studies from Yale University. He lives in Marin with his wife and two teenage children, and is an active member of Congregation Emanu-El. Peter serves on JCRC’s finance committee.
Greg Zale is Marketing Director for Hebrew Free Loan and has 17 years of experience in Brand Marketing, leading teams on strategy and execution on the client-side and at agencies. He recently competed a term as a Federation Fellow, serving on the JCRC Board for one year. He also has been part of JCRC's Next Wave cohort. Greg won a Fulbright Scholarship which he took in Germany. Fluent in German, he has traveled through over 60 countries on 6 continents. He received his MBA in Global Marketing from the Thunderbird School of Global Management and his BA in International Studies at Emory University. He recently became a dad and lives in San Francisco.