Jennifer Gorovitz to resign as head of the S.F.-based Jewish federation

Jennifer Gorovitz, CEO of the S.F.-based Jewish Community Federation, will step down from her position on March 31.

Announcing her decision on Friday, Jan. 3, Gorovitz said she plans to return to practicing law, focusing on trust and estate planning.

In October 2009, Gorovitz became the first woman to head a large federation in North America. She was voted one of the world’s top 50 Jewish leaders in her first year by the Forward, as well as one of San Francisco’s most innovative women leaders by the San Francisco Business Times. 

Noting his gratitude to Gorovitz for her 10 years of total service at the federation, board chair Tom Kasten wrote in a letter that Gorovitz “brought an exciting vision and strategy to the Federation. She focused us on the need for innovation and on the imperative of engaging a new generation of people in our work. Jennifer succeeded in stabilizing the Federation during an abrupt leadership transition and a challenging economy, and is leaving the Federation in much better condition than during the start of her stewardship.”

A search committee is now being formed to find her replacement, Kasten wrote.

In her letter to the community, Gorovitz wrote that the decision to resign “was not easy.” She plans to remain involved as a donor and volunteer, and noted that she is “still as passionate and committed to the work of the Federation and Endowment Fund as I was nearly a decade ago, and I’m so energized by and proud of what we have accomplished together.”