JCF announces two top-level hires

Joe Levin

Joe Levin has been named chief development officer and Marsha Hurwitz has been hired as chief operating officer at the S.F.-based Jewish Community Federation.

Levin is being promoted from the interim CDO position he has held since January. He was vice president at Bernstein Global Wealth Management, then consulted for the Jewish Community Endowment Fund as a philanthropic investment adviser before joining the JCF full time as a senior philanthropic adviser in 2010. Levin has a bachelor’s degree in history from UCLA and two master’s degrees from Brandeis University, in Jewish communal services and management.

“He has been playing an integral role in developing our new fundraising model from day one,” Jennifer Gorovitz, JCF chief executive officer, said in a press release. “Joe not only has extensive fundraising experience, but also a real knack for demystifying philanthropic planning, and a strong ability to lead.”

Marsha Hurwitz

For the past decade, Hurwitz has been CEO and president of the Columbus Jewish Federation in Ohio, where she helped transform a struggling organization into one of the more successful federations in the country. Previously she was executive director of the federation in Richmond, Va. She also held senior positions with Richmond’s Jewish Family Services and Jewish Community Relations Council. Hurwitz has a bachelor of science degree in nursing home administration from the Medical College of Virginia and a master’s in gerontology from Virginia Commonwealth University.

“She has an established track record of effective leadership and managing change during her career,” Gorovitz said in the press release. “Those experiences were the key components during our search for a new COO.” Hurwitz starts in September.