Board of Directors

The Foundation has a dedicated Board of Directors, whose members bring significant communal experience to the Foundation’s governance.

Former Members of the Board of Directors:

  • Dan Safier

    Chairman of the Board

    As Chairman of the Board of the Jim Joseph Foundation, Dan Safier guides the Foundation in fulfilling the philanthropic mission of its founder, Jim Joseph, who believed in providing compelling and effective learning experiences for young Jews in the US.

    Dan is the past Chair of the San Francisco Jewish Community Endowment Fund where he also served on the Federation Board of Trustees, the Executive Committee, the Finance & Administration Committee, the Investment Committee, the Building Committee, and he formerly served as Chair of the Capital Planning Committee. He has previously served on the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco Board of Directors, Board of Directors for the American Friends of the Weizmann Institute of Science, and as Campaign Leadership and Investment Committee Member for the Brandeis Hillel Day School. Dan is a Wexner Heritage Foundation Alumnus.

    Professionally, Dan is the co-founder, President and CEO of the Prado Group, a privately held investment, development and property management based in San Francisco. Dan received his BA from the University of California, Berkeley and his JD from the University of California, Hastings College of Law. Dan serves as an advisor to various companies and non-profit organizations. He is a member of ULI’s Urban Development Mixed-Use Council, a Board Member of SPUR, and a member of Lambda Alpha International. Prior to forming the Prado Group, Mr. Safier was a Principal and Executive Vice President at Prometheus Real Estate Group.

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  • Barry Finestone

    President and CEO

    Barry Finestone is President and CEO of the Jim Joseph Foundation. The Foundation supports Jewish education for youth, teens, and young adults in the U.S., with more than $490 million granted in its first 11 years of operation.

    Prior to the Jim Joseph Foundation, Barry was Executive Director of the Lisa and John Pritzker Family Fund. He moved to the Bay Area in 2010 to become CEO of the JCC of San Francisco, where he oversaw dramatic growth and built it into the second largest JCC in the country. Earlier in his career he served as executive director of the two-campus Isaac M. Wise Temple, transforming its information technology systems and earning the Harris K. and Alice F. Weston Award for Outstanding Leadership.

    Barry’s first job out of college was at a residential summer camp director in Waupaca, Wisconsin for Young Judaea. Barry says he never would have hired himself for that job, but the experience was invaluable in helping him learn how to run and operate an entity. His philosophy in work is to have a vision, start going there, and then hire the best people you can and get out of the road!

    A Scottish native with 25 years of experience in the Jewish nonprofit world, Barry holds a degree in Community Education from Jordanhill College in Glasgow, Scotland. He and his wife, Ellen, have three children—Gabrielle, Ethan and Mia.

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  • David Agger

    David Agger currently manages an investment partnership, Metropolis Partners, Inc., offering direct investment in long lived real assets including energy production, distribution and efficiency as well as commercial real estate.

    He has a longstanding record of community service in the Bay Area where he currently serves as Trustee and Member of the Executive Committee and immediate past Chair of both the Investment and Development Committees of the University of San Francisco, is a Trustee and current Chairman of the Investment Committee of the Bernard Osher Foundation and Bernard Osher Jewish Philanthropies (a supporting foundation of the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco), and is Chairman of the Investment Committee for the Foundation for California Community Colleges. He is a past member of the Executive, Capital Planning and Board committees of the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, and currently is a member of its Investment and Endowment Executive committees. David also is the past President of the Mt. Zion Health Fund ( and is a past Board Member of the Institute On Aging (

    He is currently a member of Reboot and is a 98' SF Wexner Graduate. David was the recipient of the 2005 Lloyd Dinkelspiel Award for Young Leadership from the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco. He resides in San Francisco but is originally from Maine and holds a B.S. in Finance from Lehigh University.

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  • Dr. Dvora Joseph Davey

    Dr. Dvora Joseph Davey has served on the Jim Joseph Foundation Board of Directors since 2006 as a Family Director. She is Jim Joseph’s eldest child. Dvora has over fifteen years of experience in the development, management and evaluation of public health programs.

    Dvora became passionate about the health of African women and children while serving as a Peace Corps in Gabon, Africa. Currently, she lives with her family in Los Angeles. Prior to Los Angeles, Dvora worked for over ten years in Africa, most recently as the Country Director for Absolute Return for Kids (ARK) and as HIV Director for Population Services International (PSI) in Mozambique.

    Raised in California, Dvora earned her Bachelor’s Degree in International Affairs and French at the University of Colorado, Boulder. She received her Master’s Degree in International Public Health from Columbia University, and received her Ph.D in Epidemiology from the Fielding School of Public Health at UCLA. She is married to Andrew Davey, and they have a four year old son, Ayden, and a one year old daughter, Sophia Rachel.

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  • Alisa Robbins Doctoroff

    Alisa Robbins Doctoroff is a past president of UJA-Federation of New York. She also previously served as Chair of the Board, as well as Chair of the Commission on Jewish Identity and Renewal after years of involvement with its work, particularly in Israel and with young people.

    Alisa is a past president of the Abraham Joshua Heschel School and was instrumental in founding its high school division in 2001. She is active on the boards of a wide spectrum of organizations that promote engagement with Jewish life and identity through education, culture and religious life, including Moving Traditions, Mechon Hadar, and the Jewish Theological Seminary, where she is a Vice Chair. She is also past president of Congregation Or Zarua and former board member of the Jewish Funders Network.

    Alisa graduated from Harvard College and received an M.B.A at the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. She also holds an M.A. in Jewish Studies from the Jewish Theological Seminary. She lives in New York City with her husband, Dan. They are the proud parents of Jacob (27), Ariel (24) and Jenna (22).

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  • Joshua Joseph

    Josh Joseph, son of Jim Joseph, is a man who wears many hats:

    He is a real estate investor, always looking for a good value-add deal--though is just as conservative as his father taught him to be. Previously he worked for a big bank in institutional real estate lending, managed commercial leasing for a large private REIT, and co-founded a real estate tech startup.

    Josh is an active participant and volunteer in the Jewish community. In addition to a love of many local Jewish institutions, Josh currently sits on the boards of the local Jewish Community Federation and the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco.

    A dedicated student and teacher, Josh was an English and Child Development double major at Tufts University and holds an MBA from the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business. He is always striving to add new insight to organizations with which he is involved, searching for sources of knowledge that affirm, elaborate on, or challenge his current thinking. Josh has also enjoyed volunteering his time to teaching at local schools.

    Most importantly, Josh is a devoted husband and father. He lives South of Market in San Francisco with his wife and two daughters.

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  • Laura Lauder

    Laura Lauder is a native of Canton, Ohio and journeyed to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Seville, Spain for her undergraduate education. In 1992, she joined her husband Gary in their venture capital partnership, Lauder Partners, specializing in Internet and media investments. Laura now primarily focuses her efforts on strategic grantmaking through the Laura and Gary Lauder Family Venture Philanthropy Fund and in numerous leadership capacities at local and national nonprofit organizations.

    Laura and Gary co-founded the Socrates Program of the Aspen Institute in 1996. Laura currently serves on the Leadership Council of the Franklin Project, a policy program of the Aspen Institute to launch a National Service Initiative that creates the opportunity – the expectation – for every young person in America (ages 18 to 28) to serve their country doing a year of full-time community service. In 2014, Laura joined the board of trustees of the Aspen Institute.

    Active in the Jewish community, Laura co-founded a national and international expansion of Jewish Teen Foundation boards, called the Foundation Board Incubator. Laura is Chairwoman of the San Francisco Jewish Community Endowment Fund Committee. She has also become deeply involved in Onward Israel, a program to provide college students with summer internships in Israel with tech start-ups, and joined their board in 2015.

    In 2002, Laura founded DeLeT: Day School Teaching through Leadership, a national Jewish Teach for America program that is a selective fellowship to recruit, train and retain Jewish Day School teachers in the US. It is modeled on her experience as a fellow in the Wexner Heritage Foundation.

    Laura additionally serves on numerous nonprofit boards. She is currently Vice Chair of the $1.8 billion Jewish Community Endowment Fund of San Francisco. She is on the National Constitution Center board of directors in Philadelphia and on the advisory board of the New Schools Venture Fund. She has served on the boards of the National Public Radio Foundation and Spark Networks — a NYSE Amex Company and parent of JDate.

    Laura is active with the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO/WPO), a global leadership network and is a fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations. She was named one of “10 Women to Watch” by Jewish Woman magazine in 2004. She has also won numerous awards, including Volunteer of the Year from the San Francisco Jewish Community Federation in 2011, the Jim Brooks Achievement Award in 2004, and the San Francisco Bay Area Lloyd Dinkelspiel Young Leadership Award in 1999.

    She lives in Silicon Valley with her husband, Gary; their son and daughter are both in college.

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  • Rachel Levin

    Rachel worked in philanthropy for almost twenty years before she launched Fundamental, a boutique philanthropic consulting firm, in 2013. Rachel’s career began in government and politics, with the goal of impacting social change through the public sector. After working at the California State Treasurer's Office and on statewide political campaigns, Rachel was asked to help establish the Righteous Persons Foundation (RPF), a fund set up by film director Steven Spielberg. Rachel still serves as RPF’s Executive Director, while also managing a number of private foundations and grant portfolios on a range of issues, including: arts education, civic engagement, Jewish life, health care disparity, and economic development in Israel.

    Rachel is the co-founder of Reboot, a national effort to engage young creatives and activists in an open examination of their cultural identity. She also co-founded Joshua Venture – a fellowship for Jewish social entrepreneurs. Rachel serves on the executive committee of Arts for All, a county-wide initiative focused on ensuring equal access to arts education across 81 school districts. She is a board member of the Alliance for Justice and a board advisor to Inner-City Arts, City Year Los Angeles and Turnaround Arts California.

    Rachel frequently lectures on issues of philanthropy and generational change and was the first recipient of the JJ Greenberg Award presented to professionals who have demonstrated extraordinary leadership in Jewish philanthropy. Rachel was a public policy fellow at the Coro Foundation and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania.

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  • Jeffrey Solomon

    Dr. Jeffrey R. Solomon served as President of the Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies, a group of foundations operating in Canada, Israel and the United States. Among the foundations’ innovative launches are Birthright Israel and Reboot, two initiatives aimed at connecting young, assimilated Jews to their tradition, The Gift of New York, a powerful response to September 11, helping to heal families of victims through the power of culture, and Project Involvement, an educational reform program serving some 265,000 Israeli elementary school students.

    He previously served as the Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of UJA-Federation of New York. Other past positions include executive positions at Altro Health & Rehabilitation Services, Miami Jewish Home and Hospital for the Aged and Jewish Family and Children's Services in Miami. Dr. Solomon also served with the City, State and Federal Governments. An author of over 100 publications in both professional journals and outlets such as The Financial Times and Wall Street Journal, he served as an adjunct associate professor at New York University. He sits on numerous nonprofit and foundation boards in addition to the Jim Joseph Foundation, including the FJC, a community foundation in New York, and the Leichtag Foundation in San Diego, where he serves as Vice Chair. He also served on the Board of the Council on Foundations, where he chaired the Committee on Ethics and Practice and sat on its Executive Committee. He is a founding trustee of the World Faiths Development Dialogue and has received a number of honors from professional associations and universities.

    His widely acclaimed book, The Art of Giving: Where the Soul Meets a Business Plan, co-authored with Charles Bronfman, was published by Wiley/Jossey-Bass in October, 2009. It has been awarded the Axiom Gold Medal in philanthropy and has been translated and published in South Korea. They completed a sequel, The Art of Doing Good: Where Passion Meets Action, also published by Wiley/Jossey-Bass (September, 2012), which explores the principles and practices of nonprofit social enterprise, extracting the lessons from the journeys of eighteen social entrepreneurs.

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