Board of Directors
July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013
Jane joined the board in late 2010. She is a Certified Gemologist and owner of a private jewelry boutique in Oakland. Jane has a long history of community involvement in the cities where she has lived, most recently in Charlotte, North Carolina. At the Jewish Federation of Charlotte, she served on the board of the Women’s Professional Network and co-chaired the Women’s Division annual spring lecture. Jane also served on the boards of directors of the Actors’ Theatre of Charlotte and of North Carolina’s Dance Theatre, Corps de Ballet. Jane holds an MA in counseling psychology and received additional training in marriage and family therapy at the Cambridge Family Institute. Jane lives in Oakland with her husband, Mark, and has four adult sons.
Sheldon joined the board in 2011. He is a partner in Headwaters Holding, LLC, a private equity firm specializing in derivatives trading. He is currently on the board of several internet startups and previously served on the Board of Governors of the Pacific Stock Exchange. He attended the University of Illinois, where he received a bachelors degree in mathematics. Sheldon lives in Orinda with his wife, Sarah, and two sons, Ari and Oren. Sheldon, Sarah, and Ari all did volunteer work for JFCS/East Bay prior to his joining the board.
Helen is president of New Market Solutions and founder and president of the Pacific Art Group. Over the course of her career, she has served as CEO of six retailers and consumer product companies and has advised senior management of more than seventy top global retailers and consumer product companies. Helen is a lecturer at the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley, where she earned both her MBA and bachelor of science degrees. She has also served on the boards of the Jewish Federation of the East Bay, the Jewish Community Relations Council, and Berkeley Hillel. Helen joined the board in 2012.
Ruth was the program director of the JCC of the East Bay from 2000 to 2006. Previously, she served for over twenty years as the director of a federally funded program for low-income single parents and re-entry women at the College of Alameda. Her other professional experience includes career counseling, women’s studies instructor, and early childhood educator. She earned her B.A. from Roosevelt University in Chicago and her M.A in psychology from the University of San Francisco. Ruth and her husband, Barry, live in Berkeley and have three children and three grandchildren. She joined the board in 2007.