JF&CS Appoints Gail Schulman as Next Chief Executive Officer
November 21, 2019 Jewish Family & Children's Service, a Waltham-based nonprofit that provides a range of social services to people living in Greater Boston, the North Shore, and central Massachusetts, this week announced that Gail Schulman has been appointed as its next chief executive officer.
Schulman will assume her new role in January, succeeding Rimma Zelfand, who served as CEO of Jewish Family & Children's Service
(JF&CS) for eight years until her retirement earlier this year. Carl Zack has been serving as interim CEO since February.
"As a highly regarded, successful business executive, Gail brings the skills necessary to manage a complex, multi-faceted organization. Gail combines her brilliant, sharp mind and business acumen with a warm heart and deep compassion for the mission of the agency. Her experience managing complex businesses brings a fresh perspective to JF&CS," said board president Jamie Grossman and board vice president Steve Weil in a joint statement.
Noting that JF&CS is at "a critical and exciting moment," both said, "We are fortunate to have Carl Zack as our Interim CEO, who is leading the agency with a firm and steady hand and a heart that cares deeply about every client we serve."
Schulman currently serves as chief operating officer at Gann Academy in Waltham, where she is responsible for all business functions, including finance, human resources, marketing, facilities, and operations.
Prior to joining Gann in 2016, she spent more than 20 years leading complex businesses in the high-tech sector, serving as CEO and chief operating officer for businesses with up to 500 staff and more than $200 million in revenue. Schulman also served as served as fundraising and recruitment chair at Teen Voices.
She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and social relations from Harvard University.
After Zelfand announced her retirement, Grossman lauded her, saying, she "has served as a role model for her peers in Greater Boston's nonprofit community, and Rimma and JF&CS have been recognized as one of The Commonwealth Institute's Top 100 Women-Led Businesses for the past four years."
Zac, who previously served as COO of Jewish Family & Children's Service, came out of retirement to serve as interim CEO.
JF&CS, which traces its roots back 150 years, focuses on meeting the needs of new parents and their children, older adults and family caregivers, children and adults with disabilities, and people experiencing poverty, hunger, or domestic abuse.
JF&CS tripled in size during the last decade, and now serves more than 14,000 people each year with 550 employees and 2,200 active volunteers.