DENVER, Colo. – May 17, 2016 — JEWISHcolorado is pleased to announce that Diana Zeff Anderson has been named as the next Chair of JEWISHcolorado’s Board of Directors. Anderson, who currently serves as the organization’s Israel Engagement Committee Chair, will begin her two-year term on July 1, 2016.
Anderson assumes the role from Amy Toltz-Miller, who has served as Board Chair since July 2014.
“Diana is a vital member of JEWISHcolorado’s volunteer leadership team. Her dedication and commitment to strengthening the Jewish community both locally and globally speaks volumes,” said Amy Toltz-Miller, JEWISHcolorado’s current Board Chair. “We are thrilled to have Diana take the reigns as Board Chair and help write the next chapter in JEWISHcolorado’s vibrant future.”
In addition to her involvement at JEWISHcolorado, Anderson also serves on the Boards of the JCC Denver, the Anti-Defamation League, and Denver Academy School.
On a national and international level, Anderson is a member of the Board of Governors for The Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI) and serves on both the National Council as well as the local Executive Committee of AIPAC.
A Denver native, Anderson is the daughter of community pillars Kal and Joyce Zeff, of blessed memory. Anderson made Aliyah to Israel in 1981 and subsequently raised four children there. She is fluent in both Hebrew and English. Both her sons and a daughter-in-law served in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and currently live in Israel with Anderson’s only grandchild.
After moving back to Colorado in 2005 with her two youngest children, Anderson turned her passion for Israel into a full time philanthropic job. She founded and currently manages the Kesher Foundation, whose mission is to build connections (kesher in Hebrew) between Colorado and the State of Israel. The Kesher Foundation is a generous supporter of JEWISHcolorado, as well as other organizations throughout the community.
“Diana’s leadership on our Israel Engagement Committee and as a member of our Board has had a tremendously positive impact both in Colorado and abroad,” said Doug Seserman, President & CEO of JEWISHcolorado. “Her passion, leadership, and generosity make her a great successor as Chair of the Board.”
Founded in 1946, JEWISHcolorado is inspired by the collective responsibility to build and sustain Jewish life in Colorado, Israel, and around the world. Our mission is to secure, steward, and share philanthropic and human resources in support of vibrant Jewish life as well as mobilize the community in times of need. JEWISHcolorado is a proud member of Jewish Federations of North America, which is collectively ranked among the top ten charities on the continent. Last year, JEWISHcolorado’s Annual Campaign raised $11.2 million and the Endowment and Planned Giving arm house more than $60 million in long term assets.