Del Mar Foundation announces new board members

The Del Mar Foundation welcomes Michael Halpern and Richard Bockoff to its 15-member Board of Directors.

Richard Bockoff and his wife, Sharon, have lived in Del Mar for 17 years. Before heading west, Bockoff practiced law in Michigan at his own law firm, and was active in numerous charitable causes. These include, among others, Children’s Charity and “Bikes for Kids.” In California, Bockoff has served on the boards of San Diego Social Venture Partners, Angels Foster Care and Tender Loving Canines. Bockoff has also written numerous articles and is a contributing author to the book “Giving, Philanthropy for Everyone.”

Currently, Bockoff serves on the board chair of PAWS San Diego, a nonprofit providing pet services and support to low-income seniors, and individuals who are ill or disabled. In addition, he has served on planned giving committees for a senior center, an animal shelter and a children’s cause.

Richard and Sharon Bockoff have three grown daughters and three grandchildren, all living in Michigan and Georgia. Bockoff’s hobbies include spinning, walking his dogs, playing golf and reading.

Mike Halpern relocated to Del Mar with his family in 2011. Since moving to Del Mar, Halpern has made an effort to become involved in the community. In addition to his work with the Del Mar Foundation, Halpern has joined the board of the Del Mar Schools Education Foundation, become a partner with San Diego Social Venture Partners, and is working with the International Rescue Committee to explore concepts that would bring additional opportunity for the region’s large refugee population.

Prior to relocating, Halpern lived in New York where he was a director of MSD Capital, the entity which exclusively managed in excess of $12 billion for Michael Dell and the Dell Foundation. During nearly a decade at MSD, Halpern had the opportunity to invest globally, across the capital structure of numerous public and private entities with an emphasis on active engagement in businesses experiencing significant stress. Halpern served in a leadership capacity for some of the firm’s largest investments, including as chairman of the board for Noble Environmental Power, an entity with a $2 billion capitalization, as well as for DavCo Restaurants, which had 150 locations and over 5,000 employees. Before joining MSD, Halpern worked in investment banking at Goldman Sachs, where he met his wife, Erica, and in real estate private equity at The Yarmouth Group.

The Del Mar Foundation sponsors programs, makes grants, and manages nearly $2 million in endowment funds to benefit the greater Del Mar community. The Foundation’s community endowment provides long-term funding stability for community needs.

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