Jewish Community Foundation Announces Leadership Transition

Hartford, CT (Jan. 17, 2024) – Jewish Community Foundation Board Chair Gayle W. Temkin announced today the appointment of Walter Harrison as the organization’s Interim President and CEO, succeeding Jacob Schreiber, who has decided to resign.

Harrison, who currently serves as vice chair of the Foundation board, will step away from that position in order to serve as Interim President and CEO. He is president emeritus of the University of Hartford, where he served for 19 years. Additionally, he serves as a vice chair of the board of Trinity College, vice chair of the Trinity Health of New England Board of Directors, and a member of numerous other boards of leading Hartford area not-for-profits.

“I am very grateful that Walt has agreed to serve as interim leader at this time,” Temkin said. “The Foundation will benefit enormously from his leadership experience as it continues its work on behalf of the Jewish Community of Greater Hartford and around the world.”

On behalf of the Foundation board, Temkin expressed her thanks to Schreiber and his staff for all that they accomplished together during his tenure, including leadership through the COVID-19 pandemic. In recent years, she noted, the Foundation has expanded its philanthropy and grantmaking in significant ways by launching new opportunities for donor engagement and by fostering close partnerships with agencies, synagogues, donors, and community members. She commended Schreiber for making a number of key hires at the Foundation, resulting in a dedicated and high-performing staff.

Founded in 1972, the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Hartford is committed to solving problems, strengthening community organizations, and providing permanent support for Greater Hartford’s Jewish community. A proud partner to the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford and a member of the Connecticut Council for Philanthropy, the Foundation has close to $170 million in assets and awarded approximately $4.8 million in grants this past year.