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Lisa Countryman, chief strategy officer of Jewish Vocational service, will take over from Abby Snay as CEO of the organization next year.

Leadership transition at Jewish Vocational Service

Abby Snay, CEO of Jewish Vocational Service, will be stepping down next year after nearly three decades of leading the San Francisco job-training nonprofit. She will be replaced by Lisa Countryman, currently the organization’s chief strategy officer.

Before coming to JVS, Countryman worked at St. Anthony Foundation in the Tenderloin, securing grants for its free medical clinic. She received her master’s degree in comparative literature from SUNY Buffalo and her bachelor’s degree from Loyola University Chicago. In announcing the appointment, the JVS board noted her “strategic thinking, deep knowledge of workforce development and the public policy environment, creative and innovative approach to program and business development and proven effectiveness generating millions of dollars for JVS programs.”

Countryman will assume her new position in April 2020. Snay will continue as CEO until then, supporting JVS through the transition period.