May 08, 2015

People in Philanthropy: Food Entrepreneur to Head Bay Area Jewish Federation

Peter Marcus
Danny Grossman
Danny Grossman, chief executive of Slow Food for Fast Lives, has been named chief executive of the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties. A member of the federation’s Board of Directors, he takes over from Jim Offel, who served as interim chief executive after Jennifer Gorovitz’s resignation last year.

Mr. Grossman founded Slow Food for Fast Lives, a company that sells nutritious energy bars, in 2013. He served as a foreign-service officer overseas for the Department of State in the mid-1980s before earning a master’s degree in business administration at Stanford University. He later worked at a toy company, Aviva Sports, before founding his own — Wild Planet Entertainment, which he sold in 2012.

The organization Mr. Grossman now leads has been on a fundraising upswing: It raised $104.2-million in private support in 2013, the most recent year for which figures are available, a nearly 18-percent jump from the previous year.

Other recent changes:

Benton Foundation

Charles Benton, founder and former chairman of the foundation, died on April 29 at his home in Evanston, Ill. He was 84.

CDC Foundation

Charles Stokes, chief executive of the foundation, will retire on December 31.

Chesapeake Conservancy

Joel Dunn, executive director, was named chief executive.

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

Ron Frieson, chief public policy officer, was promoted to president of the foundation.

Dress for Success Denver

Guadalupe Torres, who resigned as executive director of the Colorado Ovarian Cancer Alliance in 2013, will be executive director.

Fannie and John Hertz Foundation

Robbee Baker Kosak, former vice president for university advancement at Carnegie Mellon University, was named president.

International Documentary Association

Simon Kilmurry, executive director of American Documentary, was appointed executive director. He begins on July 6.

National Assembly of State Arts Agencies

Pam Breaux, assistant secretary for the Office of Cultural Development at the Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation, and Tourism, was named chief executive officer. She begins on July 6.

Next Step Homes

Chris Nicely, vice president for marketing at Clayton Homes, was appointed chief executive.

Nuclear Threat Initiative

Jennifer Broome, senior executive director of development for the George Washington University Libraries, will be chief development officer.

Save the Redwoods League

Tim M. Whalen, associate director of development at the San Francisco Symphony, was appointed chief development officer.

Women’s Funding Network

Cynthia Nimmo, interim chief executive, will be chief executive.

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