Jeffrey A. Farber, Koret Foundation

TITLE: Chief Executive Officer

FOCUS AREAS: Jewish life, education, poverty 

CONTACT: (415) 882-7740; jfarber@koretfoundation.org

PROFILE: Jeffrey Farber has served as the Koret Foundation’s executive director since April 2005 and his previous experience includes leadership roles at Bank of America, Shorenstein Realty Services, and Quellos Group. The Jerusalem Post’s “The Business of Philanthropy” article offers insights into what drives Farber’s grantmaking. For the article, he provided the following statement:

Philanthropy needs to be run like a business, it’s not just about feeling good that you have just given half a million dollars to a worthy cause, but rather about figuring out how best to leverage the dollars that you have and use them to make a real impact. One of the problems is that while many foundations do a lot of good things, they are too spread out on many different issues and not focused on one particular area.

Farber’s bio on the Koret Foundation website shares:

Jeffrey A. Farber is Chief Executive Officer of the Koret Foundation, where he oversees all financial and grantmaking operations.

Prior to joining Koret in 2005, Mr. Farber had business experience that ranged from 25 years in executive positions at Bank of America, to Vice Chairman and Chief Operating Officer of Shorenstein Realty Services, to Partner of the Quellos Group, a financial services boutique firm.

Among his community and philanthropic leadership positions, Mr. Farber is Trustee at the Center for Human Rights Leadership at his alma mater, Claremont McKenna College; serves on the Board of Overseers of the Hoover Institution; is a Member of the Board of Governors and the Audit Committee for the Commonwealth Club; and is a Board Member of American Friends of Koret Israel Economic Development Funds. He is past Chair of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) of Northern California and serves on its National Executive Committee. He has also served on the Board of the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties; on the Executive Committee and Board of Directors of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce; as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the Jewish Home; and as a Director of the Exploratorium.

Mr. Farber and his wife, Barbara, reside in Tiburon, CA. They have two grown children and two grandchildren.