Leadership

Kindness Initiative operates under the fiscal agency of the San Diego Jewish Federation’s 501(c)3) designation. The Federation provides accounting, insurance, and funds-management services.

Kindness Initiative’s governance is through a Community Leadership Council (“CLC”) and a Financial Advisory Council (“FAC”). Both councils are still in formation and continues to add members; council members are volunteers and do not receive any remuneration for their service.

The CLC is a mechanism for coordinating operating activities, and is made up of volunteers that head various program areas, such as Volunteer Coordinator, Communications Director, and others, as well as the volunteer chairpersons for various Kindness Initiative projects to meet the unserved needs of the local Jewish households living in poverty.

The FAC consists of larger donors who wish to be actively involved in governance and financial stewardship. FAC responsibilities include monitoring cash-flows and ensuring funds are directed appropriately, as well as responsibility for assisting in development (fundraising).

A small team of administrative and outreach staff manage the day-to-day operations, and are available to answer questions about Kindness Initiative, how to access services, collaborations & volunteer opportunities, and ways to support the program. Contact [email protected] for more information.

Operating Leadership

Beverly Pamensky – Executive Director
Simone Abelsohn – Administrative Director
Dana Glasser – Program Director
Beverly Murray – Operation Director
Robyn Lichter – Volunteer Coordinator
Steve Shulman – Technology Coordinator
Selwyn Isakow – Founder

“NEVER DOUBT THAT A SMALL GROUP OF THOUGHTFUL, COMMITTED CITIZENS CAN CHANGE THE WORLD. INDEED, IT IS THE ONLY THING THAT EVER HAS” – Margaret Mead 

Community Leadership Council

Mark Gleiberman – Emergency housing project
Marc Lotzof – Low income housing
Carole Yellen – JFS services
Helene Bortz – Household goods
Marie Raftery – Pro bono dentistry
Bonnie Mantel – Pro bono family law
Darren Schwartz – Elderly services

Financial Advisory Council

Brad Slavin
Claire Ellman
Dan Feldman
Susan Halliday
Selwyn Isakow