Executive Director, JFN Israel
Before becoming JFN Israel's Executive Director in November 2021, Sigal served as JFN Israel's Deputy Director and Senior Director of Advisory Services.
During her years at JFN, Sigal has consulted with dozens of private funders, families, and foundations from around the world, assisting them in their philanthropic journey and in the development of philanthropic strategies for their Israel giving.
Sigal has developed a variety of philanthropic programs, content, field mappings, and guides for funders, such as the Guide to Funder Collaboration with the Government of Israel.
Sigal joined JFN in 2015 after living in Hong Kong for three years, where she and her family were based as Israeli diplomats. During these years she served as the Israeli representative of KH-UIA (Keren Hayesod) in Hong Kong and the Far East, working with the Jewish philanthropic community in HK and Asia in relation to their Israel giving.
Sigal has over 20 years of experience with the Israeli and international philanthropic sectors; between the years 2001-2011, Sigal served as the founding Executive Director of the Green Environment Fund (GEF), a unique philanthropic partnership model of several foundations, supporting the environment in Israel through a joint strategy. Over the course of these years, the GEF was a significant player and leader in building the environmental movement in Israel. In 2006, Sigal was chosen as one of the 10 most influential people on the environment in Israel by the “The Marker” Israeli magazine.
Prior to that, Sigal worked for Young Judaea in Israel over the course of nine years in various positions. Sigal was born in New York to Israeli parents and moved to Israel at the age of 6. She holds a B.Ac and M.Sc. degrees in biology and environmental science from Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
Sigal lives in Reut with her husband and three children.
Membership Director, JFN Israel
Sharon joined JFN Israel as the Director of Membership after living in the Bay Area and Vancouver for 13 years. She worked at the San Francisco Federation staffing the Israel and Overseas committee. In Jewish day schools, Sharon worked as Development and Program Director inspiring donors through social and emotional experiential programs. She was co-founder of Gvanim in the Bay, developing local Israeli leadership integrated into Jewish community life. As the Head of Strategy for the Vancouver JCC, Sharon served as a liaison between the Jewish community and local government to develop a Jewish community campus. Most recently she served as the Development Director of the Legal Clinics of Tel Aviv University.
Sharon is a lawyer by practice and served as corporate counsel for Evergreen Venture Partners and later became Investor Relations of the Fund. She holds a Master’s degree in Education from the University of British Columbia.
Director of Family Philanthropy, JFN Israel
Maya serves as Director of Family Philanthropy at JFN Israel. As part of her role, she is responsible for developing programs and services for multigenerational giving and leading the first Israeli Center for Family Philanthropy within JFN Israel.
Maya has a rich experience of over a decade in various projects in the nonprofit sector. Before joining JFN Maya worked six years at the Ramon Foundation, founded by Rona Ramon, ultimately serving as the VP of Space Education. As part of that role, Maya established the space education department that includes programs in Israel and outside it, training, conferences, and events. Maya also established strategic relationships between the educational, business, and academic fields, as well as working with leading partners around the world.
Today, Maya continues to take an active part in various educational projects, including as a consultant on the educational mission of the first Israeli on the International Space Station.
Maya holds a BA in political science and education, and an MBA in social leadership, through a joint program of Ben-Gurion University and the Mandel Foundation. She lives in Tel Aviv with her husband Yotam and son Tomer.
Operations & Finance Manager, JFN Israel
Sarit Lior is the Operations & Finance manager at JFN Israel. Sarit holds a B.A degree in psychology & human services, mediation certificate and studied Applied Behavioral Analysis at Tel Aviv University.
Prior to JFN, Sarit was a part of the Naor Family Office and Foundation, where she served as PA to the founder and administrative executive.
Sarit lives in Ganey Tikva with her husband and three daughters.
Program Director, JFN Israel
Bio coming soon.