Palm Springs federation grabs new CEO from Palo Alto

Bruce Landgarten has been named the new CEO of the Jewish Federation of Palm Springs and Desert Area. Most recently, Landgarten served as director of the South Peninsula for the S.F.-based Jewish Community Federation. He will assume his new post Monday, Feb. 1.

A native of the Detroit area, Landgarten had a 20-year career working for JCCs in his hometown as well as in Charlotte, N.C., and Contra Costa County. He was recruited for the Palo Alto–based South Peninsula position by former federation CEO Tom Dine in April 2006.

He cites among his achievements organizing regional councils at which area rabbis, Jewish community agency executives and other community partners would meet regularly to discuss issues of common concern.

His new federation serves Palm Springs and the greater Coachella Valley. With a Jewish population estimated at 20,000, the region boasts several synagogues, a Jewish day school, camps and Jewish Family and Children’s Services.

“I love everything about my [new] job,” Landgarten said. “I am always looking to make a greater contribution. Larger federations encourages specialization, but a smaller federation allows me to contribute far more, and I want to make a difference every day.”