Palo Alto JCC hires a new CEO

Zack Bodner, who has served as AIPAC’s Pacific Northwest regional director for more than a decade, has been named CEO of the Oshman Family JCC in Palo Alto, the JCC’s board of directors announced June 4.

His tenure will begin Aug. 26. He will succeed Ric Rudman, who has been interim CEO since Alan Sataloff departed in January after nine years on the job. Sataloff is the new CEO and general director of the JCC Chicago.

Zack Bodner

Bodner, 39, has been overseeing AIPAC’s pro-gramming and fund-raising in Northern California and beyond since 2000. He’s also been on boards or in advising positions at Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School in Palo Alto, Congregation Beth Sholom in San Francisco and the Israel Center of the S.F.-based Jewish Community Federation.

Bodner, who lives in Los Altos with his wife, Ronit, and their three young children, has been a member of the OFJCC for many years; one of his children graduated from preschool there and another will begin in about a year, he said.

“This JCC is my community,” he said. “My first priority will be to engage as many people as I can in dialogue about what’s important to them at a world-class JCC, because I want the entire community to feel invested in creating a dynamic, growing and forward-looking epicenter for Jewish life here.”

Bodner graduated from Yale University in 1995 and went on to earn a master’s in philosophy of religion from Claremont Graduate University in 1998, after which he was an intern on the j. board of directors. A college soccer player at Yale, he has coached and refereed his kids’ teams for the past few years.

According to a press release, the OFJCC is one of the largest JCCs in the country, serving more than 10,000 members and working with an annual budget of $18 million. — emma silvers

Emma Silvers

Emma Silvers is a former J. staff writer.