About

Our Mission

The mission of Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles is to assist youth in achieving their full potential through innovative, impactful programs.

Like most non-profit organizations, our Board of Directors plays a critical role in defining vision and acting as the governing body for policy. Additionally, and most importantly, our Board is the pivotal driver behind our fundraising efforts. We are always seeking strategic thinkers to join our Board and continue expanding the impact we have on the Jewish and LA communities. The sense of fulfillment and accomplishment that comes from being a Board member can be seen on the faces of Board members as they beam with pride at our Scholarship event, knowing their individual efforts are paying off in helping serve over 1,500 children each year.

Our Current Board of Directors as of August 4, 2023. The Board President, Officers, and Board of Directors listed are voting members.

BOARD PRESIDENT

Sandy Sigal

CEO

Cari B. Uslan

OFFICERS

Shoshana Himmel, VP
Alexander Kozakov, VP
Jonathan C. Lurie, VP¹
Aaron Cohen, Treasurer
Lauren Kurzweil, Secretary

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Michael Abrams
Robert C. Aronoff
Joey Behrstock
Melissa Corleto
Lloyd “Eric” Cotsen
Jonathan David
Alyson Mischel Ein
Richard Feldstein
David A. Fenton
Eric Fingleson
Manny Flekman
Jo Fogel

Cara Heckenberg
Samantha Herman
Debbie Hiller
Scott R. Isdaner*¹
Mark Kuperstock*
Randy Levine
Steve Miller
Dennis Mogerman
Marc Mostman
Arnold S. Nelson¹
Matthew Nelson*

Heidi Praw
Danielle Pullman
Dan Rosenson*¹
Stephen M. Saltzman*¹
Thomas R. Schiff
Michael H. Sendowski¹
John Shane¹
Lee I. Silver*¹
David Smith
Aron Solomon
Gary Stern

Zachary Streit
Karl M. Sussman*¹
David L. Swartz*¹
Scott Tiano
Jennifer Toplitzky
Rachel Wagman
Robert A. Waldorf*¹
Lewis M. Wallensky
Marshall J. Wax¹
Gary Weinhouse
Andy Wexler

* Past Board President
¹JBBBSLA & FCBW Board Member

EXECUTIVE

Cari B. Uslan, CFRE

Cari B. Uslan, CFRE

Chief Executive Officer
Christopher Bennett

Christopher Bennett

Director of Operations
Margaret Vance

Margaret Vance

Executive Assistant

FINANCE

Anthony Binley

Anthony Binley

Controller

DEVELOPMENT

Janet Gilmore

Janet Gilmore

Vice President of Development & Donor Relations
Doris Horning

Doris Horning

Director of Grants Management
Aly Graiwer

Aly Graiwer

Development & Event Specialist
Amanda Rykoff

Amanda Rykoff

Donor Relations Manager

MENTORING

Megan Koehler, LCSW

Megan Koehler, LCSW

Vice President of Mentoring Services
Lynn M. Greenwald, MA, MFT

Lynn M. Greenwald, MA, MFT

Match Support Coordinator
Marissa Ring

Marissa Ring

Program Manager
Leslee Komaiko

Leslee Komaiko

Mentoring Specialist
Ilana Blumsohn

Ilana Blumsohn

Mentoring Specialist
Diana Krause-Leemon

Diana Krause-Leemon

Mentoring Specialist & Event Coordinator
Devorah Servi

Devorah Servi

Mentoring Specialist & Events Coordinator
Cristina Alonso

Cristina Alonso

Mentoring Specialist

TEEN TALK

Kendra Singer

Kendra Singer

Teen Talk Program Director
Lauren Veillette

Lauren Veillette

Teen Talk App Training Coordinator

COLLEGE ACCESS + SUCCESS

Carina Garcia

Carina Garcia

Director of College Access + Success
Zoe Gerowitz

Zoe Gerowitz

College Access + Success Program Coordinator

OUTREACH

CAMP BOB WALDORF

Simon Hansen

Simon Hansen

Camp Director
Ben Farris

Ben Farris

Assistant Camp Director
Alfred Aguilar

Alfred Aguilar

Executive Chef
Javier Cervantes

Javier Cervantes

Camp Program Director
Davina Valenzuela

Davina Valenzuela

Program Counselor
Sofia Varona

Sofia Varona

Registration and Outreach Manager
Guadalupe Muñoz Zaragoza

Guadalupe Muñoz Zaragoza

Registration and Outreach Associate
Lynn Duston

Lynn Duston

Facilities Coordinator
Brian Sapp

Brian Sapp

Facilities Technician
Elvis Torres

Elvis Torres

Facilities Team Member

JBBBSLA Inclusion Statement
JBBBSLA actively acknowledges and embraces the richness and full spectrum of the community. It is our commitment to create an environment where all voices will be heard and treated with respect. These standards are expected of our leadership, staff, and volunteers as JBBBSLA builds its diverse constituency with full acceptance, irrespective of gender, gender identity, gender expression, socioeconomic status, level of Jewish observance, race, ethnicity, and/or sexual orientation.

We recognize that the diversity of the community we serve must be reflected in every aspect of our organization for JBBBSLA and Camp Bob Waldorf to have the greatest impact. Our commitment to justice, equity, diversity and inclusion is vital to our mission and is essential for our success.

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VICE PRESIDENT OF DEVELOPMENT

Department: Development
Agency location: Los Angeles

POSITION SUMMARY:

Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles is currently seeking a talented individual for the position of Vice President of Development, who will play a key role in helping the agency reach its fundraising goals. The Vice President of Development serves as the lead strategist and manager for agency fund development staff, programs and activities. The VP of Development will oversee solicitations and fundraising goals for all fundraising events, annual giving, and develop a portfolio of major donors. The ideal candidate will be a self-motivated, authentic leader, and dynamic professional with proven success in fundraising, knowledge of the Los Angeles Jewish community, as well as other philanthropic and corporate sectors. This position reports to the CEO.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES:

  • Ability to conceptualize the agency mission and communicate the concept to others with passion.
  • Develop and successfully achieve multi-year and annual agency revenue goals, in close collaboration with the CEO.
  • Create and implement a written plan for identifying, qualifying, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding potential individual, foundation, and corporate donors, capable of giving $1,000 to $50,000 annually (Annual Giving Campaign).
  • Manage JBBBSLA’s fundraising events, currently The Big Event (annual gala), Golf Classic, and Sunday Funday family carnival.
  • Recruit members and oversee committees for all fundraising events as well as work strategically with honorees.
  • Supervise all development staff ensuring their success in achieving fundraising goals and metrics.
  • Cultivate and nurture relationships with current and potential individual donors, as well as corporate and private foundation sponsors.
  • Manage a personal portfolio of approximately 50-100 current donors and prospects and ensure that timely steps are taken toward cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship, with an emphasis on annual and event donors.
  • Actively represent the agency through attendance at community events and membership in appropriate organizations.
  • Oversee budget expenses.
  • Develop new initiatives to increase fundraising from current and prospective donors.
  • Oversee office and software systems to support all Development projects and operations
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • College degree and a minimum of 7-10 years experience working in a fundraising and leadership environment.
  • Proven and successful track record of personal solicitation and program management.
  • Very strong oral and written communication skills for a variety of projects, including solicitation letters, newsletters, email and web communications.
  • Experience cultivating high-level relationships with donors and board members.
  • Strong skills related to Raiser’s Edge or a comparable CRM database.
  • Advanced skills in Microsoft Word and Excel required.
  • Personal commitment to the mission and values of the organization. Passionate about helping children in Los Angeles.
  • Experience planning and soliciting for fundraising events.

COMPENSATION & BENEFITS:

We offer a compensation package that includes a competitive salary range commensurate with experience and other benefits including:

  • Hybrid-remote schedule
  • Short Fridays: we close early on Fridays every week (3:30PM)
  • Generous paid vacation and sick leave plus three additional personal days
  • Paid federal and Jewish holidays (avg. 13-19 paid holidays per year)
  • 5% matching 403b retirement plan (after one year)
  • Medical, vision and dental insurance
  • Paid life insurance
  • Paid long-term disability insurance
  • Voluntary 403b retirement plan (immediate)
  • Voluntary Flexible Spending Account (FSA) / Health Savings Account (HSA)
  • Pet Insurance discounts

Perhaps most importantly, you’ll get to work with a fantastic team of people who truly care about the work we do, in a position with much potential for growth.

To apply, please submit resume and cover letter to Daniel Skelton at dskelton@jbbbsla.org

Salary range: $110K-$125K

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EVENT FUNDRAISING SPECIALIST

NO PHONE CALLS; NO EMPLOYMENT OR STAFFING AGENCIES 

Department: Development
Status: Full-time exempt
Agency location: Los Angeles
Working location: Three days in our Los Angeles office and two days remotely, year-round. This is not a fully remote position. 

POSITION SUMMARY:

Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles is seeking an Event Fundraising Specialist who will play a key role in helping the agency reach its fundraising goals overseeing all fundraising events and our Young Professionals organization – Big Impact Group. The Event Fundraising Specialist will plan and execute all fundraising events to ensure that each event successfully reaches the fundraising goals set by the agency. In addition, the Event Fundraising Specialist will manage the Big Impact Group advisory committee to help coordinate social and fundraising engagement events for young professionals. The ideal candidate is a dynamic professional skilled in building and managing relationships with a wide range of individuals including donors, prospects, vendors, partners, and more. The new team member should be charismatic, creative, collaborative, organized, and goal-oriented with proven success in fundraising, and a passion for helping underserved youth in Los Angeles of all cultures, backgrounds, faiths and denominations.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES:

  • Create, coordinate, and implement fundraising event strategies to ensure all fundraising events are successful at reaching fundraising goals. Current events include: The Big Event (annual gala), Golf Classic, and Sunday Funday family carnival.
  • Secure new, renewed, or increased funding from individuals and corporations associated with fundraising events.
  • Coordinate meetings, events, and fundraising with our Big Impact Group (BIG), establishing a pipeline of the next generation of diverse donors.
  • Assist with research, gift batching, gift acknowledgements, receipts, and other administrative duties as needed.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Bachelor’s Degree with 3-5 years of fundraising experience and proven track record for securing gifts.
  • Ability to collect, organize and analyze data related to donor giving.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of gift processing and acknowledgement practices.
  • Experience creating innovative, engaging programming for our Big Impact Group (BIG).
  • Experience cultivating relationships with donors and board members.
  • Strong skills related to Raiser’s Edge or a comparable CRM database.
  • Advanced skills in Microsoft Word and Excel required.
  • Personal commitment to the mission and values of the organization.
  • Experience planning and soliciting for fundraising events.
  • Must be organized, strategic and forward thinking with a strong attention to detail.
  • Ability to handle multiple projects, set priorities, and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to work weekends and evenings as needed.
  • Upbeat personality and sense of humor strongly appreciated!

COMPENSATION & BENEFITS:

We offer a compensation package that includes a competitive salary range commensurate with experience and other benefits including:

  • Hybrid-remote schedule
  • Short Fridays: we close early on Fridays every week (3:30PM)
  • Generous paid vacation and sick leave plus three additional personal days
  • Paid federal and Jewish holidays (avg. 13-19 paid holidays per year)
  • 5% matching 403b retirement plan (after one year)
  • Medical, vision and dental insurance
  • Paid life insurance
  • Paid long-term disability insurance
  • Voluntary 403b retirement plan (immediate)
  • Voluntary Flexible Spending Account (FSA) / Health Savings Account (HSA)
  • Pet Insurance discounts

Perhaps most importantly, you’ll get to work with a fantastic team of people who truly care about the work we do, in a position with much potential for growth.

To apply, please submit resume and cover letter to Daniel Skelton at dskelton@jbbbsla.org

Salary range: $67,000-$75,000 per year

Financial Reports

Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles takes great pride in its financial stewardship as a 501(c)(3) public charity. Tax ID #95-1691009.

Click below to view our recent financial reports:

The Foundation For Camp Bob Waldorf

The Foundation for Camp Bob Waldorf was established in 1962 to provide ongoing operational funding for Camp Bob Waldorf. Thanks in part to The Foundation for Camp Bob Waldorf, more than 60,000 underserved children have attended our camp and its existence ensures that the camp will remain open for many generations to come.

The Foundation for Camp Bob Waldorf is a California 501(c)(3) organization (Tax ID 95-6127224) that operates as a restricted endowment fund. The Board approves monthly allocations to cover camp operating expenses, and also raises money to fund camp programs.

For more information on The Foundation for Camp Bob Waldorf, please contact Aly Graiwer at development@jbbbsla.org or (323) 456-1151.

“Camp Bob Waldorf changed my life when I was 8 and 9 years old and had no idea what direction my life would take. The Foundation ensures that the camp is here for kids like me forever!”

Sandy Sigal, JBBBSLA Board President, VP of the Foundation for Camp Bob Waldorf, and former camper

Publications

JBBBSLA is proud to share information about our programs and our people through an annual Impact Report and a quarterly “Snapshot.”