Succession Planning Efforts will Begin for a 2020 Transition
DENVER, Colorado – (February 16, 2017) — JEWISHcolorado’s Board of Directors announced today that President and Chief Executive Officer Doug Seserman’s contract was unanimously renewed for a final three-year period beginning July 1, 2017 and ending on July 1, 2020. This will be Seserman’s last contract with JEWISHcolorado after an accomplished and celebrated career totaling 18 years. Seserman is the second-longest tenured executive in JEWISHcolorado’s history after Nat Rosenberg, who founded the organization and served 27 years. The process to identify Seserman’s successor will begin in approximately 18 months.
Seserman has successfully led the organization through both prosperous and difficult economic times. He achieved record fundraising results prior to the economic downturn in 2008-2009. Since then, his leadership helped stabilize the Annual Campaign at $10+ million and almost triple the organization’s Endowment and Planned Giving assets to today’s total of over $62 million. Both fiscal years 2015 and 2016 saw record fundraising of over $20 million in total financial resource development.
Seserman has been instrumental in establishing community “mobilization” as one of the organization’s core competencies and in growing its suite of programming. In addition to overseeing several Israel Emergency Campaigns and a 2013 Colorado Flood Relief Fund, he stewarded the growth of key organizational programs. Examples include the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC), which led the anti-BDS (boycott, divest, sanctions against Israel) legislation in Colorado (the 4th state in the country to do so), and JEWISHcolorado’s Young Adult Department (YAD), which is the largest single engager of young adults in their 20’s and 30’s in Colorado, with over 2,500 participants in annual programming.
Furthermore, Seserman has been broadly acknowledged for leading the strategic planning effort called Reimagining Federation for the 21st Century. This initiative culminated with a rebranding effort and a change to the organization’s name from the Allied Jewish Federation of Colorado to JEWISHcolorado. The overriding goal of this process was to broaden the appeal and relevance of JEWISHcolorado, particularly among the next generation of donors. Seserman’s courage and leadership during the reimagining process earned him recognition as of one of the 50 most impactful Jewish Americans by the Jewish Daily Forward in 2014. He was the only Federation executive on the “Forward 50” list.
“Doug’s visionary leadership has helped our organization grow and succeed in an ever-changing philanthropic environment,” said Board of Directors Chair Diana Zeff Anderson. “We are grateful for his commitment and eager to continue to leverage his initiatives and successes as we work to further strengthen both our organization, as well as the local Jewish community for the future.”
“I’m honored the Board of Directors has entrusted me with the leadership of this vital organization for three more years, and proud of all we’ve accomplished to date,” Seserman said. “I look forward to these final three years being very productive as we continue to enhance the long-term position, strength and success of JEWISHcolorado and our local Denver Jewish community.”
JEWISHcolorado, founded in 1946 and formerly known as Allied Jewish Federation of Colorado, is the umbrella community organization focused on building and sustaining Jewish life in Colorado, Israel and around the world. Its mission is to secure, steward, and share philanthropic and human resources in support of vibrant Jewish life as well as to mobilize the community in times of need. JEWISHcolorado is a member of the Jewish Federations of North America, which is among the top ten charities on the continent. JEWISHcolorado raises and distributes funds in support of a wide variety of programs and partner organizations both locally and globally. In 2016, JEWISHcolorado’s total financial resource development was $22.4 million. Its Endowment and Planned Giving arm houses more than $62 million in long-term assets for individuals, agencies and synagogues in the community. For more information, visit www.JEWISHcolorado.org.