TITLE: Program Officer
FOCUS AREAS: Education, human services, education, Jewish causes, arts and culture, civic life
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PROFILE: Naomi Strongin is one of the program officers at the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles. She has been in this role since September 2011 and responsibilities include managing institutional grantmaking programs, through which $2 million to $3 million is distributed annually, and assisting individual donors and family foundations with their philanthropic giving.
She previously worked as the foundation’s grants coordinator and as the school of media arts campaign manager for the Foundation for Santa Barbara City College. She received her Master’s from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor’s in human development from the University of California at San Diego.
The foundation provided the following information about Strongin’s background:
Strongin joined The Foundation in June 2009 as the Center’s coordinator. In her role as program officer, she manages The Foundation’s institutional grant programs, including its Cutting Edge Grants Initiative, General Community Grants, Capital Grants, and Israel Grants. In this capacity, she provides technical support to grant applicants, assisting them with program development and evaluation. Prior to this role, Strongin held professional positions at the Foundation for Santa Barbara City College where she coordinated a $5.5 million capital campaign. She also worked as an open-adoption counselor at the Independent Adoption Center in Los Angeles, facilitating the process between birthmothers and adoptive parents.=
Strongin holds a master’s degree in social work from the University of Southern California, and a bachelor’s degree in human development from the University of California, San Diego.