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Jill Spitzer

Jewish Heritage Month: 2012 Honoree

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Above: KPBS celebrates cultural diversity in partnership with Union Bank by honoring Jill Borg Spitzer during Jewish American Heritage Month 2012.

In 1984, Jill Borg Spitzer started at Jewish Family Service when the agency had a staff of 20, an annual budget of $500,000 and it focused primarily on family counseling. But, as CEO for the past 25 years, Ms. Spitzer began focusing on emerging social issues that were impacting the community including domestic violence, mentoring young boys and girls, senior centers and hunger.

Ms. Spitzer has been an inspirational and strong leader where, now, JFS serves over 30,000 people every year on a non-sectarian basis. One of the most effective programs is the Hand Up Food Pantry led by youth volunteers. Serving over 7,000 people, the program trains future leaders. Plus, JFS is committed to the San Diego community and will respond to any emergency such as the wildfires and the economic downturn.

As a consummate social entrepreneur, Ms. Spitzer has revitalized JFS’ fundraising capacity and completed a $12 million capital campaign. She holds a Master's Degree from Columbia, and is a licensed clinical social worker. She is also a member of the Senior Women’s Basketball Association in San Diego.

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