Jeffrey A. Farber is chief executive officer of Koret Foundation Funds. His multi-faceted business experience ranges 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. Among his community and philanthropic leadership positions, Jeff is chair of Northern California AIPAC (2006 – 2008); vice chair of the board of directors of the Jewish Home; trustee at the Center for the Study of the Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights at his alma mater, Claremont McKenna College; board member of American Friends of Koret Israel Economic Development Funds; and a member of the Jewish Community Relations Council of San Francisco, Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties. Jeff also served 10 years on the board of the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties; six years on the executive committee and board of directors of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce; and eight years as a director of The Exploratorium, where he continues as a member of the development committee.
Venture Capitalist, Opus Capital
Isaac Applbaum is a founding general partner of Opus Capital, focusing his efforts on identifying Israeli-based investments for the firm. Previously, he was a partner and managing director for Israel at Lightspeed Venture Partners, an early-stage venture capital firm.
Prior to joining Lightspeed, Mr. Applbaum was the founder and CEO of Concorde Solutions Inc. (CSI). In 1998, Mr. Applbaum sold CSI to Bank of America, becoming a senior vice president at the bank with responsibility for running the bank’s E-ventures group and advising the strategic investments group.
Before founding Concorde Solutions, Mr. Applbaum ran U.S. operations for Advanced Technology International, a large Israeli software development company.
Mr. Applbaum currently serves as a special ddvisor for economic development to Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. He is president of the board of the California Israel Chamber of Commerce, chairman of Start-up Jerusalem, and is on the board of directors of Vector Intersect Acquisition Corporation and The Western Wall Heritage Foundation. Mr. Applbaum is also a member of the Young Presidents Organization.
Hoover Institution, Stanford University
Michael J. Boskin is Tully M. Friedman Professor of Economics and senior fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He is also research associate, National Bureau of Economic Research. An advisor to governments and global businesses , Dr. Boskin serves on several corporate and philanthropic boards of directors. He served as chairman of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers (CEA) from 1989 to 1993. The independent Council for Excellence in Government rated Dr. Boskin’s CEA one of the five most respected agencies (out of 100) in the federal government. He chaired the highly influential blue-ribbon Consumer Price Index Commission, whose report has transformed the way government statistical agencies around the world measure inflation, GDP, and productivity.
Dr. Boskin received his B.A. with highest honors in economics and the Chancellor’s Award as outstanding undergraduate in 1967 from the University of California , Berkeley, where he also received his M.A. in 1968 and his Ph.D. in 1971. In addition to Stanford and the University of California, he has taught at Harvard and Yale. The author of more than 100 books and articles, he is internationally recognized for his research on world economic growth, tax and budget theory and policy ; U.S. saving and consumption patterns ; and the implications of changing technology and demography on capital, labor, and product markets.
Dr. Boskin has received numerous professional awards and citations, including Stanford’s Distinguished Teaching Award in 1988, the National Association for Business Economists’ Abramson Award for outstanding research and its Distinguished Fellow Award, the Medal of the President of the Italian Republic in 1991 for his contributions to global economic understanding, and the 1998 Adam Smith Prize for outstanding contributions to economics.
Jewish Family & Children’s Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin & Sonoma Counties, Executive Director
Dr. Anita Friedman has served for more than 25 years as the executive director of the award-winning Jewish Family and Children’s Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties, one of the largest family service institutions in the United States, with 15 Bay Area offices in five counties serving more than 55,000 children, adults, and seniors each year. She is also a frequent lecturer and writer on issues in Jewish communal service, mental health, and innovative business models for the provision of human services.
Dr. Friedman has been appointed to various local, state, national and international commissions including the Statewide Family Service Council of California, the Mayor's Commissioner on the Immigration Commission for San Francisco, and the International Council for Jewish Communal Service Board of Trustees. She has been a consultant to the State of Israel’s Ministry of Social Affairs on best practices in serving children and families, and is currently completing a book about cross-cultural psychology and immigration based on her research in the field.
Professionally, Dr. Friedman is a licensed clinical social worker specializing in mental health services for families and couples. She has received numerous awards, including the International Louis Kraft Award for professionals in Jewish communal service, Hadassah's highest honor, the Myrtle Wreath Award, Jewish Community Federation's Professional of the Year, the State of California Family Service Council Award, and the prestigious Koret Prize for leadership in community service.
Dr. Friedman completed her undergraduate studies in Psychology at the University of California at Berkeley, and her doctoral degree in Organizational Psychology at the University of San Francisco. She is a child of Holocaust survivors, and lives in San Francisco with her husband and three sons.
Howard Properties, President
Robert Friend is president of Howard Properties of San Francisco, a privately held real estate investment company. A graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, he serves as president of the Friend Family Foundation, chairman of UCSF’s Diabetes Advisory Committee, and chairman of Summer Search San Francisco, a program that challenges low-income high school students to develop character and leadership by providing year-round mentoring, life-changing summer experiences, college advising, and a lasting support network.
In addition, Mr. Friend is a member of the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee at UCSF and serves on the boards of the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, the Taube Foundation for Jewish Life & Culture, the Bernard Osher Foundation, and several other supporting foundations of San Francisco’s Jewish Community Endowment Fund.
Grand Sakwa Properties LLC, President
Stephen Grand is president and partner of Grand-Sakwa Properties, one of southeast Michigan’s largest developers of residential and retail properties. Before he embarked on his real estate development career, he was president and owner of Deco-Grand, a large manufacturer of precision components and assemblies for diesel engines and automotive industries which he owned and operated for 20 years.
Mr. Grand’s philanthropic involvement includes service on the northern California regional board of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). For his contributions as a member of the executive board of the American Technion Society, the Technion awarded him an honorary fellowship in June of 2003.
He is also a director of the Karmanos Cancer Institute, the Jewish Federation of metropolitan Detroit, the Detroit President’s Organization, and the San Francisco World President’s Organization. A member of the Endowment Committee of the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties, Mr. Grand has been recognized with membership in the Alexis de Tocqueville Society for his contributions to the United Way of Michigan.
Bernard Osher Foundation, Founder and Treasurer
Bernard Osher, a patron of education and the arts, is founder and treasurer of the Bernard Osher Foundation, which he created in 1977. The Foundation seeks to improve quality of life for residents of the San Francisco Bay Area and the State of Maine through post-secondary student scholarships (now provided to nearly 30 institutions of higher education) and arts and humanities grants. It also supports selected programs in integrative medicine as well as a national network of lifelong learning institutes for older adults. The Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes, operating on the campuses of more than 90 colleges and universities from Maine to Hawaii, have a national resource center at the University of Southern Maine.
A native of Biddeford, Maine, and a graduate of Bowdoin College, Osher has pursued a successful career in business, beginning with the management of his family’s hardware and plumbing supplies store in Maine and continuing with work at Oppenheimer & Company in New York before moving to California. There he became a founding director of World Savings, one of the largest savings institutions in the United States. In 1977, Osher purchased the fine art auction house of Butterfield & Butterfield and oversaw its growth to become the fourth largest auction house in the world. In 1999, he sold the company to eBay.
Bernard Osher and his wife Barbro, Consul General of Sweden in San Francisco, conduct their philanthropy through the Bernard Osher Foundation, the Bernard Osher Jewish Philanthropies Fund, and the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation, which supports Swedish cultural and educational projects in North America and Sweden.
Abraham D. Sofaer is the George P. Shultz Distinguished Scholar and senior fellow at the Hoover Institution. He previously served as a federal district judge in New York and as legal adviser to the U. S. Department of State. Prior to that time he was a professor of law at Columbia University, where he focused on separation of powers issues in the American system of government, including the power over war. He has also served as assistant U.S. attorney in the Southern District of New York and was a clerk to Judge J. Skelly Wright on the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C., and to the Honorable William J. Brennan Jr., associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. Currently, he concentrates on issues related to terrorism, international law, diplomacy, and national security.
He has written many articles on terrorism, the Middle East peace process, and the use of force in international affairs. When he was a professor at Columbia University, he wrote a book about the constitutional powers of Congress and the President to control or affect the use of force. As an administrative judge in New York state, he presided over the first major environmental action involving PCBs. After leaving the Department of State, he practiced law at Hughes, Hubbard and Reed in Washington, D.C. As U.S. district judge for the Southern District of New York, he handled several high-profile cases, including the libel action against Time magazine by then Israeli general and later prime minister, Ariel Sharon. He was awarded an honorary doctorate from Yeshiva University. He is president of the American Friends of the Koret Israel Economic Development Funds and is a founding trustee and chairman of the board of the Jazz Museum in Harlem. He serves on other corporate and charitable boards.
Taube Investments, Inc.
Tad Taube serves as president of the Koret Foundation. He is chairman and founder of the Woodmont Companies, a diversified real estate investment and management organization; and was chairman and CEO of Koracorp Industries (successor to Koret of California) from 1973 until its merger with Levi Strauss in 1979. He is a governor of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and has served as trustee of Notre Dame de Namur University and of the University of San Francisco.
Mr. Taube has served as chairman of the advisory board for the Taube Center for Jewish Studies, Stanford University, since its inception in 1986. He is a member of the Board of Overseers of the Hoover Institution and serves on its Executive Committee. Mr. Taube is past chair of the Stanford Athletic Board and was a founder and past chairman of the advisory board of Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR). His involvement in Stanford athletics includes his family’s principal gift to Stanford’s Taube Tennis Center and his significant support of Stanford’s new football stadium.
Mr. Taube was a founder of the United States Football League (USFL) in 1982 and was principal owner of the Oakland Invaders football franchise. A member of the Lincoln Club, the Commonwealth Club, and numerous other civic organizations, he has received a number of prestigious service awards and recognitions, including the Alexis de Tocqueville Society Award, presented by United Way in 1998 ; the Scopus Award from the Hebrew University in 1985; and an honorary doctorate from Pacific Graduate School of Psychology in 1995. In 2004, the president of the Republic of Poland awarded Mr. Taube Poland’s highest civilian medal — the Commander’s Cross. He holds BS and MS degrees from Stanford University and served as an officer in the United States Air Force. He is married to Dianne Panos Taube.