Board of Directors
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.
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.
Jennifer is a businesswoman, mother and dedicated member of the Jewish community. A partner with The Learning Accelerator, she leads the organization’s initiatives around Open Education Resources, including the K-12 OER Collaborative. Jennifer also serves as an education consultant, bringing more than 20 years of experience to help education-related organizations and companies. A congregant at Kol Shofar, she serves on the Diller Fellows and Education Awards Committees of the San Francisco-based Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund's and also as a board member for the Tam High Foundation.
A native of Marin County, Lisa has worked as a professional gallerist for several prominent San Francisco art dealers, including Crown Point Press and John Berggruen Gallery. She is currently a museum educator at the Contemporary Jewish Museum and is also a public guide at SFMOMA. She has served on the board of directors of the Jewish Community High School of the Bay and been active in the San Francisco-based Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund on several committees, including the selection committee for the Diller Tikkun Olam Awards, the scholarship committee, the Judith Chapman Memorial Award selection committee and the Marin Impact Grants Initiative. She is a current member of SF Jewish Home’s art and culture advisory committee. She and her husband Peter live in Kentfield and have two sons, Jake and Cyrus, both of whom are students at NYU.
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.
Aaron, a Bay Area native, currently resides in San Francisco’s Mission district. Aaron is a lay-leader at Sha'ar Zahav, where he leads services on occasion and in the past has served on the congregation's board and siddur editorial committee. He is also affiliated with Wilderness Torah. Aaron received his B.A. from UCLA and holds an M.B.A. from Duke University. A professional brand and marketing strategist, he is currently Director of Business Sales at Williams-Sonoma, Inc. Aaron enjoys hiking, camping, kayaking, playing folk guitar and classical violin, and otherwise 'getting off the grid.'
Immediate Past President
Hadara is an attorney practicing in San Francisco. In addition to her current roles at JCRC, Hadara previously served as co-chair of both the Legislative Affairs Committee, as well as the Task Force on Immigration, where she worked with JCRC staff and lay leaders to guide the consensus process on immigration, ultimately obtaining the Metropolitan Council’s approval of the JCRC’s policy statement on immigration issues. Before attending law school, Hadara volunteered in Bulgaria for a year with the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee.
Members of the Board
In 1994, Julie founded Chaiken and Capone clothing, and by 1999, the line was being carried in more than 400 boutiques and high-end retailers. In 2014, she was honored as a "Woman to Watch" by Jewish Women International. She retired in 2015 and currently is focusing on her family and her philanthropic work. Julie has an MBA in corporate finance.
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.
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.
Jerilyn is retired from the California Public Employment Relations Board, where she worked as a labor relations specialist and administrative hearing officer. At JCRC, she served as Vice President and President and currently chairs the Strategic Planning Committee. Jerilyn is a member of the Advisory Committee of the Jewish Coalition for Literacy and was a JCL tutor for 15 years. She represents JCRC on the Jewish Coalition to End Human Trafficking, serves on the boards of the Jewish Public Affairs Committee, Shalom Bayit and Catholic Charities, and is a member of the New Israel Fund Regional Council. Jerilyn is also a member of the Public Issues Committee of Jewish Family and Children Services.
A product of the San Francisco Jewish community, Ben grew up in Congregation Beth Shalom. He has a BA in French Literature and Political Science from UC Berkeley, and a JD from UC Davis. He was at the forefront of pro-Israel student activism at Cal, heading the Israel Action Committee in the late 90’s and teaching a DeCal class on the history of Zionist thought for three years. Between his time at Cal and UC Davis, Ben worked for the Israel Center as Campus Outreach Coordinator, leading student trips to Israel and helping to organize Israel-related cultural events on nine Bay Area campuses. After two years as a corporate attorney at a large law firm in San Francisco, he has since transitioned into a business development role at a local web company.
Howard has been active both in the Peninsula JCRC and Metro JCRC for over 10 years. He recently retired after working as a medical oncologist for Kaiser-Permanente and is currently the Medical Director of The Second Opinion, a nonprofit which offers free second opinions to cancer patients. Howard is a board member of both the American Cancer Society - California Division and the American Jewish World Service. His wife, Wendy, is a well-known kosher caterer and they split their time between San Francisco and Palo Alto where they belong to Kol Emeth synagogue.
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.
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 Director of Strategic Projects and Transformation at the Jewish Senior Living Group, she acts as project manager, strategist, and team collaborator in the transformation of the Jewish Home of San Francisco 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.
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.
Eva has spent the majority of her career working as a professional within the Jewish Community and has held positions with Jewish Family and Children Services, The Anti-Defamation League, the Jewish Federation of the East Bay and the San Francisco Jewish Community Federation, among others. Her most important professional experience has been with the Bay Area Council for Soviet Jews, where she worked for many years. Eva is passionate about achieving peace between Israelis and Palestinians, and devotes extensive efforts toward this end. In addition to her involvement with JCRC, Eva does immigration reform advocacy work, collaborates with the Marin Interfaith Council and has traveled to developing countries for many years as a volunteer to provide medical assistance.
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.
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.