Board: Anita Friedman

Anita Friedman

Koret President Dr. Anita Friedman has a long and distinguished record of public service both as a professional and as a lay volunteer leader.

Professionally, Dr. Friedman leads Jewish Family and Children’s Services (JFCS), one of the largest and oldest family service institutions in the United States.

JFCS operates offices throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, serving more than 80,000 children, adults, and seniors each year in both residential and community-based settings. Dr. Friedman is a frequent lecturer, educator, and author on issues of philanthropy, mental health and social services, long-term care, Jewish Communal Service, and innovative business models for the provision of nonprofit services.

JFCS programs are internationally distinguished for their excellence and compassion. Recent awards include recognition of Seniors-At-Home, JFCS’s long-term care program, which has twice been awarded the National American Society on Aging innovation award, and Parents Place, recognized by the Doris Duke Foundation as one of the 21 most innovative programs in the U.S. for education and support of families.

Dr. Friedman has been appointed to various local, state, national, and international commissions and has also been a Mayor’s appointee as Commissioner of the San Francisco Human Services Commission, overseeing all service programs. She has been a consultant to the State of Israel Ministry of Social Affairs on best practices in human services and in immigrant absorption. She also serves as a Trustee on the Boards of the USC Shoah Foundation, Taube Foundation, AIPAC, the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America, and the Koret Israel Economic Development Fund based in Tel Aviv. She is currently completing two books on social enterprise and nonprofit business management, and on cross-cultural psychology and immigration, based on her research in the field.

Dr. Friedman completed her doctoral work in organizational psychology and is also a licensed clinical social worker specializing in mental health services for families and couples. She completed a Wexner Foundation Fellowship in 2004 and has received numerous awards, including the State of California’s Family Service Council Distinguished Leadership Award, The International Louis Kraft Award, the National Myrtle Wreath Award, Jewish Community Federation’s Professional of the Year, the Raoul Wallenberg Club Public Service Award, and the prestigious Koret Prize for leadership in community service.