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Mark Reisbaum Appointed Chief Philanthropy Officer of The Contemporary Jewish Museum

(San Francisco, CA, September 7, 2016) The Contemporary Jewish Museum (The CJM) announces the appointment of Mark Reisbaum as Chief Philanthropy Officer. Reisbaum will begin in his new role September 26, 2016. Overseeing the Development function at The CJM, he will report to CJM Executive Director Lori Starr and will work closely with Starr and the Board of Trustees as The CJM continues to build its ever-widening base of philanthropic support in the Bay Area, nationally, and internationally.

A seasoned nonprofit manager and recognized Jewish community leader, Reisbaum has most recently served as Senior Director of Philanthropic Engagement at the San Francisco-based Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund, which he joined in 1997. In his role at the Federation, he has overseen a broad array of donor development, stewardship, engagement, grant-making, leadership development, and client service initiatives, involving multiple generations in philanthropy through a Jewish lens.

“Mark has been a long-time champion of The CJM,” says Starr. “He is known for his strategic approach to fund development and large-scale campaigns, and for his ability to cultivate strong long-term relationships with both colleagues and donors. Mark has established a deep network within the San Francisco Bay Area philanthropic community. There is no one better for this position, and we are absolutely thrilled to be welcoming him to our team.”

Prior to entering the nonprofit world, Reisbaum worked for ten years in investment banking in Hong Kong and New York. He holds a B.A. from Columbia College and a Masters in Nonprofit Administration from the University of San Francisco. An active community volunteer, Reisbaum completed a six-year term on the Board of Directors of GLAAD. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of SPARK SF Public Schools and on the Advisory Board of Vibe Israel. He is also a graduate of the Wexner Heritage Program.

“I am delighted to be joining the leadership team at The CJM,” says Reisbaum. “For me, The CJM stands out as the organization that most effectively bridges our rich history and traditions with the search for meaning and celebration of Jewish identity today and going forward.”

About The Contemporary Jewish Museum

With the opening of its new building on June 8, 2008, The Contemporary Jewish Museum ushered in a new chapter in its twenty-plus year history of engaging audiences and artists in exploring contemporary perspectives on Jewish culture, history, art, and ideas. The facility, designed by internationally renowned architect Daniel Libeskind, is a lively center where people of all ages and backgrounds can gather to experience art, share diverse perspectives, and engage in hands-on activities. Inspired by the Hebrew phrase “L’Chaim” (To Life), the building is a physical embodiment of The CJM’s mission to bring together tradition and innovation in an exploration of the Jewish experience in the twenty-first century.

Major support for The Contemporary Jewish Museum’s exhibitions and Jewish Peoplehood Programs comes from the Koret Foundation. The Museum also thanks the Jim Joseph Foundation for its major support of innovative strategies for educating and engaging audiences in Jewish learning. Additional major support is provided by an Anonymous donor; Alyse and Nathan Mason Brill; Gaia Fund; the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation; Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund; Walter and Elise Haas Fund; the Hellman Family; the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties; Maribelle and Stephen Leavitt; the Bernard Osher Jewish Philanthropies Foundation of the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund; Osterweis Capital Management; Dorothy R. Saxe; Target; and Wendy and Richard Yanowitch.

For more information about the Contemporary Jewish Museum, visit the Museum’s website at

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