Beth Sirull, president and CEO of the Jewish Community Foundation.
Beth Sirull, president and CEO of the Jewish Community Foundation.

Nonprofit executive Beth Sirull has joined San Diego’s Jewish Community Foundation as the influential philanthropic organization’s president and CEO.

Sirull comes to the foundation from Pacific Community Ventures, a combined for-profit/nonprofit organization based in San Francisco dedicated to creating jobs in low-income communities.

“Over her 30-year career, Beth has demonstrated exceptional leadership skills, bringing energy and innovative ideas to each of her roles,” said foundation Board Chair Sydney Selati. “We are confident she will provide the strategic vision and tools needed to continue to build on the strong foundation we’ve already built.”

Active the Bay Area Jewish community, Sirull served as chair of the Jewish Community Center of the East Bay and on the board of the Tzedek Economic Development Fund. She is a published author and an accomplished public speaker.

In 2015 she received the James Irvine Foundation California Leadership Award, recognizing Californians who are advancing innovative, proven and replicable solutions to critical issues facing the state.

“I am thrilled to be joining the Jewish Community Foundation of San Diego at such an exciting time” said Sirull. “Celebrating our 50th anniversary will provide a platform for the future, with opportunities for donors and organizations to engage and collaborate with our staff and programs throughout the year.”

Jeremy Pearl, the foundation’s long-time chief financial officer, will serve in an expanded capacity as executive vice president.

The foundation’s donors have granted more than $1 billion since the organization’s founding in 1967, including $107 million in the latest fiscal year.

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.