Koret elects co-presidents to succeed Tad Taube

Tad Taube announced in March that he would step down as president of the Koret Foundation. His successor has just been announced.

Anita Friedman

Make that, successors.

The Koret board of directors last week elected Anita Friedman and Michael Boskin to serve as joint presidents of the foundation. Their term, which has no fixed end date, begins Nov. 1.

Boskin is a nationally known economist, author, former chair of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers (1989-1993) and is currently a professor at Stanford University. Friedman is the longtime executive director of the S.F.-based Jewish Family and Children’s Services. She becomes the foundation’s first woman president.

“Having lived and worked in the Bay Area Jewish community for more than 30 years, I have a deep understanding of the impact of a Koret Foundation grant,” said Friedman, who has been on the Koret board since 2008. “I understand the role of the Koret Foundation as a catalyst and force of funding for innovation. I find that very inspiring.”

This marks the first time the Koret Foundation elected co-presidents. A board member since 1993, Boskin noted that while such an arrangement is not the norm, he is confident the two will make it work.

Michael Boskin

“We are honored and accept the assignment with humility and dedication to the foundation’s central task of making good grants that help improve lives in the Bay Area and beyond,” Boskin wrote in an email. “Anita and I have been colleagues and friends for some time, and have had the opportunity to work closely on several Koret projects. I have great confidence in her knowledge and judgment.”

Taube, who served as Koret president for more than 32 years and remains on the board, said Boskin and Friedman represent “the best there is. Michael is a superb scholar, well versed in the corporate world and experienced philanthropically. Anita is possibly the most exceptional social service executive in California, if not in the United States. So I’m very flattered that two outstanding individuals of this caliber will succeed me.”

The S.F.-based Koret Foundation focuses on two major areas: Jewish communities in the Bay Area, Israel and Poland; and Bay Area anchor institutions, such as the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Since its founding in 1979, it has distributed nearly $500 million in grants.

Major grantees include the Shoah Foundation, Stanford University’s School of Medicine, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Bay Area Hillels and Chabad Houses, and the Association of the Jewish Historical Institute of Poland, which has supported the creation and building of the Museum of the History of Polish Jews, set to open in Warsaw next month.

Despite the change of leadership, Friedman believes the overall direction of the foundation will remain the same.

“We’re determined to make the Bay Area one of the best places on Earth,” she said, “and make the Jewish people stronger and better. Those things won’t change. Those are timeless.”

Dan Pine

Dan Pine is a contributing editor at J. He was a longtime staff writer at J. and retired as news editor in 2020.