It is with mixed emotions that I share that our CEO, Doug Seserman, is resigning from his position as President & CEO of JEWISHcolorado as he has accepted a position as CEO of the American Associates of Ben-Gurion University (AABGU). He will be moving to New York in the fall and we wish him and his family all the best with this exciting transition.
We are extremely grateful for Doug’s exemplary service and commitment to JEWISHcolorado, as well as the greater Jewish community, over the last 15 years. He is the second longest tenured CEO in our organizations’ history, second only to Nat Rosenberg who helped found the organization and worked as the CEO through the early 1970’s. Doug has been a courageous and visionary leader. He spearheaded several cutting edge initiatives including Total Choice Tzedakah (TCT) and “Reimagining Federation for the 21st Century.” These initiatives, among others, have garnered both local and national recognition for Doug, including a listing as one of Forward’s most 50 influential Jewish leaders in 2014. We wish Doug all the best as he continues on his journey as a Jewish communal professional for AABGU. Doug will be with us through September and we look forward to an opportunity to celebrate his achievements in service to our community and the Jewish people.
We are committed to ensuring as smooth of a transition as possible over the coming months. This includes the management and ongoing stewardship of Doug’s donor portfolio and the day-to-day operations of our organization. Our Executive Committee is exploring interim CEO options. We are also beginning to organize a national search to identify Doug’s successor. We are pleased to have the active support of our national organization, Jewish Federations of North America, in these efforts. I have the utmost confidence that our volunteer leadership and our professional staff will continue to move JEWISHcolorado forward in a positive and productive manner.
We look forward to keeping the community informed as our work progresses. If you have any questions in the meantime, feel free to contact me at diananothrh @ gmail.com or (720) 201-5159. You may also contact Doug directly at dseserman @ jewishcolorado.org or (303) 881-9797.