Shari Friedman Schenk, director of business development at San Diego plaintiff’s law firm CaseyGerry, has been named president of the Jewish National Fund (JNF) San Diego Board of Directors for a two-year term. Schenk is a Carmel Valley resident.
In this position, her goals are to increase the visibility of JNF in the community as well as expand the “Plant Your Way to Israel” program (which encourages anyone under 30 to save for a trip to Israel) and to develop the “JNFuture” program for young San Diego professionals.
Active in the community, she is past board chair at the San Diego Jewish Academy (SDJA) and a former president of the Agency for Jewish Education. She was a board member of the United Jewish Federation's Women's Division for nearly 10 years and also served on the boards of the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, the Center for Jewish Culture and Hillel of San Diego.
Schenk is a graduate of the Wexner Heritage Foundation program for leadership development and was appointed by former Governor Gray Davis to serve on the California Commission for Economic Development.
“Shari joins our group of extraordinary lay leaders around the country, as she takes over as president of the JNF San Diego board of directors,” said Dr. Sol Lizerbram, national president, Jewish National Fund-USA. “She is passionate about the work we do and active in the San Diego community. Her expertise and hard work will be invaluable as we continue our efforts to connect to San Diego and Israel.”
Schenk earned a bachelor of arts degree in economics from Tufts University and an MBA with a concentration in marketing from San Diego State University.