Wexner Foundation

Wexner Foundation

Wexner Foundation



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The Wexner Foundation and the Wexner Heritage Foundation (now part of The Wexner Foundation) were established by Leslie Wexner in 1984. The Wexner Heritage program was designed to provide young North American Jewish volunteer leaders with a two-year intensive Jewish learning program, thus deepening their understanding of Jewish history, values, and texts and enriching their leadership skills. By the end of 2011, over 1700 North American Jewish leaders from 31 cities will have participated in the program. In 1988 The Wexner Foundation introduced a Fellowship Program for outstanding rabbinical students and graduate students in Jewish education and Jewish communal service programs. The same year, the Foundation established a grants program for academic institutions of all types to build and improve training programs for Jewish community professionals. Eventually, the Fellowship Program was expanded to include top candidates for academic Jewish studies and the cantorate. By the end of 2011, over 400 outstanding Jewish professional leaders from a wide array of religious affiliations and professional groupings will have participated in the Wexner Graduate Fellowship/Davidson Scholars Program. Additionally, in 1988, the Wexner Israel Fellowship Program was created. Annually, up to 10 outstanding mid-career Israeli public officials are selected to study for a master's degree in the mid-career program of Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. The goal of the fellowship is to provide Israel's next generation of public leaders with advanced leadership and public management training. By the end of 2011, 207 Israeli public officials will have participated in the Israel Fellowship, including leaders who have gone on to become Directors General of government ministries, Generals and Commanders in the Israeli military, and top advisors to Prime Ministers. The Wexner Foundation appeared early on the scene of Jewish private philanthropy and in many ways played a special role in pioneering a new field that has grown to include dozens of private foundations that devote themselves on a national and international scale to the needs of the Jewish people. The Wexner Foundation has never wavered from its focus upon Jewish leadership, and its professionalism, standards of program excellence, and strong relationships with Jewish communities and organizations have created a model of practice for Jewish private philanthropy that has passed the test of time.

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Chief of Staff

Program Director, Wexner Service Corps

Director, Wexner Heritage Alumni & Summits

Director, Budget & Finance

Director General-Israel

Director, Wexner Field Fellowship

Director, Operations

Director, Graduate Fellow

Director, Wexner Heritag

Distinguished Alumni
Robert K. Yass is now Vice President & Assistant General Counsel at The Hartford
Sharon L. Janks is now Member, Board of Governors at The Jewish Agency for Israel
Karen Alter is now Former Chief Marketing Officer at Solyndra LLC
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