Board of Directors
Tamara Abrams, President
Tamara Abrams manages a family foundation focused on improving the lives of Jews locally and around the world. She was born and raised in the Bay Area and has called Berkeley home for nearly 20 years. During her legal career, Tamara spent 15 years working on domestic violence policy issues as an attorney for the California court system, taught seminars on domestic violence at Golden Gate University School of Law and, prior to that, headed the legal program at the Center for Domestic Violence Prevention in San Mateo County. Her first legal work was preparing companies for initial public offerings at a boutique law firm in Palo Alto. Her community service includes several years as a Trustee on the Board of Tehiyah Day School where she co-chaired the Incoming Head of School search team. She spends most of her weekends watching her 14-year-old twin boys play baseball and she also enjoys hiking, backpacking, and spending time with her family and friends.
Aaron Fischer, Vice President
Aaron grew up in the East Bay, and attended preschool at the JCC in Oakland. As a teenager, he participated on a Gold medal-winning basketball team in the JCC Maccabi Games. Aaron graduated from UC Berkeley, and spent several years in New York City and Washington DC before returning to the Bay Area, where he works as a lawyer, mostly in the areas of disability rights and civil rights. Aaron, his wife and two children now live in Berkeley. His daughter attends preschool at the JCC East Bay. Aaron has served on the JCC East Bay Board since 2016.
Juliette Linzer, Vice President
Juliette was born in New York City and has lived in the Bay Area since 1990. She has a BA degree in Science, Technology, and Society from Cornell University and an MS degree in Health Policy and Management from Harvard University. She runs her own consulting business focusing on program evaluation and management consulting. She and her husband live in Oakland with their son, who has attended the JCC’s Camp Tzofim and Maccabi Sports Camp. Juliette has served on the JCC East Bay Board since 2016 and is thrilled to be a part of this dynamic and expanding organization.
Julie Elis, Secretary
Julie first walked into the JCC in 2011 as a preschool parent and immediately knew this was an incredible community resource. She worked in international development for nearly 20 years, designing and managing education projects throughout Africa and Asia. When she's not working or with her family, Julie is likely on the dance floor or doing karaoke. Julie and her husband, both transplants from Pittsburgh, PA, live in North Berkeley with their two daughters who both go to the JCC Afterschool. She has served on the JCC East Bay Board since 2013.
Mark Moss, Treasurer
Mark has worked as a volunteer in the Jewish community for over 20 years. He has served on the finance committees of Temple Sinai and the Contra Costa JCC. He was the Board treasurer of the Crowden Music Center. He is currently on the Board of Directors of the Jewish Federation of the East Bay and is the chairperson of their "Create a Jewish Legacy" program. Mark also sings with the Oakland Symphony Chorus and with the Temple Sinai Choir, and is an accomplished bridge player. Mark has served on the JCC East Bay Board since 2015.
Steven Douglas, Immediate Past President
Steve is a fifth generation Oaklander and partner in his family business, Douglas Parking LLC. In addition to serving on the JCC Board, Steve is a member of the Guardsmen, a philanthropic organization dedicated to raising funds for underprivileged and at-risk children in the Bay Area. His community work includes the Board of Directors of the National Parking Association, The Oakland Museum of California, the Oakland Chamber of Commerce, the Jewish Federation of the East Bay, the Lake Merritt/Uptown Business District and Temple Sinai. He is passionate about baseball, and in particular, the Oakland A’s. He lives in Oakland with his wife and two children. Steve has served on the JCC East Bay Board since 2013.
In addition to his service on the JCC East Bay Board, John is the Co-Chair of Fundraising for the Claremont Middle School PTA. During the day, John is a professor at Santa Clara University, where he teaches economics and researches the impact of income on happiness and how people make decisions on behalf of others. John has two children and in his spare time enjoys cooking, running, and hanging out with his family. John has served on the JCC East Bay Board since 2009.
Shirley Issel was raised in Walnut Creek, attended UC Berkeley, and holds a Master's Degree in Social Work from Smith College. For over 35 years she has provided in-depth, psychoanalytic psychotherapy, working with troubled couples and individuals, and has run for and won three terms of the Berkeley School Board. She got her first taste of Board work when she was the chair of the Social Action Committee at Congregation Beth El, where her two children received their religious education. There, she was involved with creating a monthly dinner for the homeless, a program that still exists today. Shirley has been on the Boards of Congregation Beth El, The Berkeley Unified School District, and the vibrant Mendocino Music Festival (2007-2010). Her time on the Board of the Steering Committee of the Jewish Music Festival brought her closer to the JCC East Bay.
Dara is the leader of the 40-lawyer group at Genentech, which provides FDA regulatory and healthcare law advice. Prior to that, Dara was the Regional Legal Director for the Global Innovative Pharmaceuticals Unit for Pfizer. Dara has served in private practice, as a Federal Prosecutor at the Federal Trade Commission, and completed a Clerkship in The White House, Office of Counsel to the President under Clinton. Dara received her J.D. from the University of Michigan and her B.A. from Tufts University. She is originally from New York City, lived in Israel for 8 years, speaks four languages, and is married with two sons. She is a member of Temple Beth Abraham, sits on the Board at Contra Costa Jewish Day School, served as co-chair of the 2018 Limmud Bay Area Conference, and was on the Board at the American International School in Israel.
Robin has extensive experience in the nonprofit world serving in both professional and volunteer leadership capacities. She was born in Detroit, and has lived in the Bay Area for over 30 years. Robin has a B.A. from the University of Michigan, a J.D. from Case Western Reserve, a non-profit management certificate from CSU, and a CA funeral director’s license.
She is recently retired from years of service providing critical, compassionate support to families and is looking to be involved in work that matters. She believes that the JCC plays a huge role in the East Bay’s Jewish community and beyond. She and her husband live in Oakland.
Hillary Reinis grew up in Beverly Hills, graduated from UC Berkeley with a BA in Dramatic Arts about 47 years ago, and has lived in Berkeley ever since. She and her husband, Jonathan, a Broadway theater producer, were members of Beth El, where their twin daughters were B’nai Mitzvah. She has extensive experience in the theater world, as an associate for Jonathan Reinis productions, as a manager for non-for-profit theater companies, and as a Board member of the Aurora Theatre company. Currently, she is the managing partner for a family-owned shopping center in Los Angeles. With a passion for world travel, she thrives on a balanced diet of viewing excellent theater and playing frequent tennis games.
Greg Terk is the Policy, Government and Public Affairs General Manager (PGPA) for Chevron Downstream & Chemicals (DS&C). Previously, Greg was the PGPA manager for Chevron International Products (IP). Greg spent six years on the faculty of Saint Mary’s College as Advertising and Public Relations instructor. He has a B.A. from Saint Mary’s College of California, and received a M.A. in Communications Management from The Annenberg School at USC, earned a certificate in Executive Management from Babson College, and holds a graduate credential in Executive Coaching from the Graduate School of Psychology at John F. Kennedy University. He has been on the Board of Seneca Family of Agencies and Family Life Center. Greg and his wife, Natasha, have two children, Lucas (16) and Danica (12). They enjoy travel, skiing, lacrosse, and hobby farming.
Natalie first became involved with the JCC East Bay in 2012 when she enrolled her son at the Oakland afterschool program. However, her family’s involvement goes back to the 1980s when her husband was a budding camper at the JCC’s Camp Tzofim and her mother-in-law served on the JCC East Bay Board. Professionally, Natalie is a benefits consultant who designs and manages employee benefits and wellness plans for large organizations. She lives in Oakland with her husband and three children. Natalie has served on the JCC East Bay Board since 2013 and is excited to be part of the JCC’s bright and dynamic future.
Lee Marsh z"l