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JCC East Bay announces new CEO, Amy Tobin

The JCC East Bay is pleased to announce the appointment of Amy Tobin as Chief Executive Officer. Amy, a nationally recognized Jewish leader, has worked with nonprofit community, arts, and social change organizations for 20 years. She joins the JCC after six years as founding Executive Director of the David Brower Center, an award-winning destination for environmental and social action. Previously, Amy was the founding Artistic Director of The Hub at the JCCSF, where she created community among Jewish young adults through the arts.

“We are thrilled that someone with Amy’s vision and leadership skills will direct the JCC East Bay,” said John Ifcher, President of the JCC East Bay Board of Directors. “Her passion for enriching and exploring Jewish identity through inclusive social and artistic programs will be a powerful asset for the diverse Jewish community of the East Bay. The JCC is strong and flourishing, and the entire Board is excited and ready to partner with Amy to deepen our impact in the East Bay.”

A musician and social entrepreneur, Amy’s expertise includes organizational development, mission-driven real estate, philanthropic partnerships, and community development. Her work is consistently driven by her passion for connecting people through meaningful, inspiring experiences in physical gathering spaces.

Amy received the Gerbode Foundation fellowship in 2012 and the Joshua Venture fellowship for Jewish social entrepreneurs in 2001. She has served on boards and advisory boards for the Nonprofit Centers Network, Downtown Berkeley Association,  Progressive Jewish Alliance, Joshua Venture Group, and Be’chol Lashon. She was selected as one of the “Forward 50” in 2002 by the Forward newspaper, and was as a keynote speaker in 2002 at the General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America, the annual gathering of Jewish Federations.

“I am honored to join the JCC East Bay as CEO,” Amy said. “I’m so excited to work with this creative, intergenerational community as we re-imagine the JCC’s role in 21st century Jewish life. Together we can build on the solid foundation built by the Board and outgoing executive director Sally Kauffman Flinchbaugh. I look forward to collaborating with local and national organizations, synagogues, artists, thought-leaders and scholars, and the greater East Bay community.”

Please join us in welcoming Amy when she’s in the office in mid-July!

(Read full press release here)