Professional Team

Under the direction of the Board of Directors, the Professional team carries out the Foundation’s grantmaking, manages the program of evaluation, and shares models of success and key learnings to improve the field of Jewish education.

Professional Team

Barry Finestone

barry_finestone_156x200Barry 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 $440 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...More

Dawne Bear Novicoff

dawne_bear_novicoff_156x200Dawne Bear Novicoff is Assistant Director of the Jim Joseph Foundation. She manages a portfolio of grants that include initiatives in the area of Early Childhood Education; Israel Education; Jewish Service Learning and educator training within institutions of higher education.  One of her primary portfolio responsibilities is the Jim Joseph Foundation Education Initiative, focusing on graduate education degrees and certificate programs at Hebrew Union College, Jewish Theological Seminary and Yeshiva University. Prior to her position at the Foundation, Dawne worked for 10 years at the Jewish Community Federation in San...More

Josh Miller

josh_miller3_156x200Josh Miller is the program director at the Jim Joseph Foundation. In addition to managing a portfolio of major grants, Josh supports the Foundation in developing new grantmaking strategies and partnerships. Josh’s current areas of focus include building effective multi-funder collaborations, cross-portfolio evaluation and research, organizational capacity building, and new approaches to investing in educational technology and digital engagement. Prior to transitioning into the field of philanthropy in 2008, Josh spent fifteen years as an experiential educator, community builder, and social entrepreneur in a range of settings. Josh holds an M.B.A....More

Stacie Cherner

stacie_cherner_156x200Stacie Cherner is a Senior Program Officer at the Jim Joseph Foundation. Stacie has an extensive background in the non-profit world, including working on a wide variety of program evaluations with SRI International’s Center for Human Services and Education. For the past few years, Stacie worked with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation facilitating the collaborative efforts of three grantees to improve the use of analytic data in school systems. She has also worked with Teach For America directing the implementation of national assessments of student achievement. Stacie holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from...More

Aaron Saxe

Aaron_SaxeAaron Saxe joined the Jim Joseph Foundation team as a Program Officer in April, 2015. Aaron grew up in the Bay Area and has been an active member in the Jewish community both professionally and personally. Most recently, he worked at the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund in San Francisco as a Philanthropic Advisor, serving a number of roles in the Endowment, Development, and Marketing departments. He spent three years as Program Director at Camp Alonim, a residential Jewish camp in Simi Valley, CA. His other professional experience includes financial services...More

Steven Green

steven_green_156x200Steven Green is Director of Grants Management/Program Officer for the Jim Joseph Foundation and has been working for the Foundation since June 2011. His focus at the Foundation includes facilitating grantmaking operations, management of the administrative team, external budget review and analysis, and a growing portfolio of grants. A native of Fayetteville, North Carolina, Steven is an alumnus of Young Judaea Year Course and received his B.A. in Political Science and a Minor in Jewish Studies from Emory University. While in the Atlanta community, he served for two years...More

Seth Linden

seth_linden_headsho_156x200tSeth Linden joined the Jim Joseph Foundation as a Program Officer in October of 2015. He has been an educator, teacher, and social entrepreneur for 20 years. He is founder & former CEO of Tutorpedia, Inc. and co-founder & former Executive Director of Tutorpedia Foundation, providing 1-1 tutoring and mentoring to K-12 students in the Bay Area. Prior to Tutorpedia, Seth taught and tutored math, science, and test prep at public and private schools in Atherton and Oakland, CA and Providence, RI. Seth is a licensed bartender, a seasoned artist, an...More

Jeff Tiell

jeff_tiell_156x200 Jeff Tiell joined the Jim Joseph Foundation as a Program Associate in January, 2015. In 2012, he moved to the Bay Area to accept an AmeriCorps VISTA position with the Oakland Unified School district. Jeff has most recently worked for, a social change organization focusing on utilizing the skills and experience of those in mid-life and beyond to improve communities. In his role at Encore, he was responsible for providing strategic and operational advice to grantees and organizations. Additionally, Jeff participated with American Jewish World Service Global Justice Fellowship and also held a Jeremiah...More

Mary Seabury

mary_seabury_headshot_156x200Mary Seabury is the Chief Financial Officer of the Jim Joseph Foundation. She manages Finance, Tax, and Accounting.  Mary created the internal controls for the foundation’s granting function and diversified investment portfolio when the Foundation began operations 2006. She coordinates with the Foundation’s investment consultant to manage the diversified investment portfolio of marketable securities, hedge funds, and private equity funds.  She provides the Board of Directors and operations managers with reports, analysis, tools and policies to govern the Foundation. In addition to her work with the Foundation, she continues...More

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