Jeffrey Savit to join JBBBS as new CEO

Dear Friends,

We have the great pleasure of writing to share exciting news about our organization’s next President and Chief Executive Officer. We are very fortunate to have found in Jeffrey Savit, the ideal leader early in our search process. Jeffrey will join Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters full time on October 16.

To those of us who have known Jeffrey or have gotten to know him during this process, this feels like it was meant to be. Jeffrey is tremendously passionate about our mission, having previously held two Board leadership roles at Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters, and having been a social worker earlier in his career. He brings a number of strengths to this role, including strong organizational skills, successful staff development, and major gifts development experience. His cumulative experience, whether most recently as Chief Development Officer of Prizmah: Center for Jewish Day Schools, or immediately prior, as President and CEO of the Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island, couldn’t be better qualifications for the individual who will help steward JBBBS into our next century.

It is inspiring to hear Jeffrey talk with huge enthusiasm about his vision for what’s possible for Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters in the months and years ahead. His familiarity with our organization and programs will help ensure the transition is smooth and we are able to build momentum as he assumes his leadership role. Jeffrey believes that his career is coming full circle and he is thrilled to be returning home again.

We have full confidence that he is the right leader to strengthen our Agency; to deepen the positive impact we have on our clients, volunteers and the community; and to ensure we can fully leverage our 100th Anniversary Campaign for the benefit of the young people and adults we serve today and will serve for decades to come.

We would like to thank the CEO Search Committee members, as well as both the Agency and Endowment Boards, whose commitment to success, collaborative approach, and open dialogue ensured this efficient process and positive outcome.

On behalf of the staff, Board of Directors, and Endowment Board, we also want to extend our heartfelt appreciation to Elyse Hyman, who stepped up immediately to serve as Interim CEO, taking on new challenges in addition to her responsibilities as Director of Major Gifts and Endowment.

It is fitting that we begin this new chapter in our organization’s leadership as we celebrate the High Holidays in just a few weeks, reflecting on how our actions, individually and collectively as a community, can change lives. As we look to the future with optimism and unwavering commitment to mission, we are grateful to our hard-working staff, our generous and supportive donors, our dedicated volunteers, and members of the Board of Directors and the Endowment Board for their essential support and insightful guidance always, but especially during this time of transition. We look forward to a sweet new year for our Agency and for the community members who depend on us.

Sincerely,

David Franklin
Chair, Board of Directors

Joseph Morgart
Chair, Endowment Board