The Stroum Jewish Community Center of Greater Seattle has named Amy Lavin its new chief executive officer. Lavin created and heads Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center’s Obliteride and was formerly a marketing leader at Microsoft.
Lavin, 43, a longtime SJCC member, will start her new role Jan. 23. The SJCC board chose Lavin following a national search to replace Judy Neuman, who is retiring after nearly eight years as CEO.
Located on Mercer Island, the SJCC is the only Jewish community center in the state, with approximately 5,000 members. The SJCC operates an Early Childhood School and summer camp programs, and hosts arts and cultural events for the entire community, including the annual Seattle Jewish Film Festival.
Running the SJCC is another opportunity to unite the community around something positive and meaningful, Lavin said.
“The intrinsic goal is to foster community,” Lavin said. “And with such incredible growth in the local Jewish community, it’s an exciting time. There are so many rich programs and activities already happening at the J. There’s tremendous opportunity to build upon that to reach and engage people in new places and ways.”
A graduate of SJCC preschool herself, Lavin appreciates the value of community, tradition and fostering Jewish connection throughout life.
Neuman retires Jan. 25.
For more, see www.sjcc.org.