Chairman of Jewish Family Services Names Increases Board Diversity with 2 New Directors

Emilie Jennewein
Emily Jennewein. Photo by Melissa Jacobs

San Diego Jewish Family Service named Emily Jennewein president of the non-profit organization plank and appointed two new directors with Chinese culture and ethics.

The new directors are Dr. Li-Rong Lilly Cheng, director of the Chinese Cultural Center at San Diego State University and chairman of the board of trustees of the Chinese Historical Museum of San Diego, and Sid Voorakkara, senior vice president of Strategies 360 and Chairman of the San Diego Ethics Commission.

Jennewein has been a leader of San Diego’s Jewish community for the past 20 years, serving as President of Hillel of San Diego twice, from 2017-18 and 2014-16, and as President of Congregation Beth Israel from 2011-13.

Her two daughters began the family’s involvement with the nonprofit after volunteering with JFS Raised hand Pantry.

“Emily’s dedication to the Jewish community, as well as to San Diego as a whole, is well known throughout the region,” CEO Michael Hopkins said. “JFS will certainly benefit from her experience, and we are confident that she will bring passion to this role and broaden our reach.”

Jennewein was a director of a website and marketing communications company for 25 years before retiring from the job. She is a graduate of Amherst College and earned her MBA from Dartmouth College’s Tuck School of Business. She is married to Chris Jennewein, editor and publisher of the Times of San Diego.

“I feel truly honored to serve as Chairman of the JFS Board of Directors, and I feel an enormous responsibility to ensure that this organization serves the well-being of the entire community – making the world a better place for all,” said Jennewein.

Founded in 1918, Jewish Family Service helps people of all ages, faiths, and backgrounds overcome challenges and build more stable, secure, and connected lives. Last year, JFS served over 39,500 clients, including over 17,000 asylum seekers at the JFS Migrant Family Shelter.

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