FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | Contact: Samantha Kelman | 510.848.0237
THE JCC EAST BAY WELCOMES MELISSA CHAPMAN AS NEW CEO
Chapman brings extensive strategic and fundraising skills to the role
Berkeley, CA, July 10, 2019 — The Jewish Community Center of the East Bay, a dynamic organization guided by Jewish principles and values, announced today that Melissa Chapman will be its new Chief Executive Officer. She will start on September 3, 2019, and reports to the Board of Directors.
“We are thrilled to bring Melissa into our organization at this important moment in our development,” said Steven Douglas, Chairman of the JCC board. “As a lifelong East Bay resident, I have seen the changes in our community and I know Melissa is the perfect person to take us to the next level in terms of growth, reach and quality.”
The JCC Board unanimously approved Chapman’s hire after an intensive six-month search. She steps into the role left open by the departure of Amy Tobin last winter after four and a half years. Samantha Kelman, the JCC’s Chief Operating Officer, was interim CEO during the search.
"From the moment we met her, we knew Melissa was our next CEO," said Julie Elis, head of the Board's search committee. "We were so impressed by her accomplishments, her clarity of thought, and most importantly, her passion for the work."
"The JCC East Bay is such a rich institution," added Kelman. "It requires a powerful thinker and doer, which I know we've found in Melissa. I look forward to partnering with her and achieving the goals of our mission and strategic plan."
Chapman joins the JCC East Bay with a long history of dedication to Jewish causes and nonprofit, mission-driven organizations. Most recently, she was Chief Development Officer at the San Diego County Jewish Federation, where she helped shift a highly traditional fundraising model into a donor-centric approach and paradigm. She also brought synergy to the organization by overseeing all fundraising, marketing and event functions and staff. Before that Chapman was Chief Executive Officer of the Jewish Federation of the Sacramento Region, her first position in California after moving here from her native Chicago. There, she eliminated a significant deficit, purchased a permanent home for the organization, and reinstated Jewish Family Service to the Sacramento region in just a few short years.
“The JCC East Bay is a dream organization—at the center of an engaged, informed, incredibly diverse and multigenerational community that is passionate about the values I have spent my personal and professional life championing,” said Chapman. "I am inspired by the deep commitment and contagious energy of the Board and staff, and can’t wait to be part of this dynamic team."
As CEO, Chapman will lead fundraising and relationship building across the East Bay, as the JCC moves to expand and serve the region’s changing demographics. She will continue rolling out the organization’s new strategic plan, and will oversee marketing and communications to support and drive growth, reputation and community engagement.
“The JCC is coming off a strong fiscal year where we saw expansion in almost all our programs, from the preschool and afterschool to our well-attended ‘We the People’ speaker events,” said Douglas. “With Melissa’s arrival, we are perfectly positioned to continue this momentum and achieve the growth we know we need.”
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