Jewish Endowment Foundation Names First Executive Director

The Jewish Endowment Foundation (JEF) of Greater Charleston Board of Trustees has named Phyllis Martin as its first Executive Director.

Martin’s 25-plus year background as a leader in the nonprofit sector, combined with a deep passion for philanthropy, innovation, and helping communities solve their toughest challenges, will help further the Foundation’s mission and goals, ultimately ensuring the sustainability of Jewish engagement, life, and values in the region.

“We are thrilled to welcome Phyllis as our first Executive Director,” said Terry Fisher, JEF Board Chair. “She brings with her a dynamic set of experiences and skills during this pivotal moment in the Foundation’s evolution. We are fortunate to have Phyllis and look forward to building the significance and assets of the Foundation in support of our mission and community.”

When Martin assumes the role July 10, she will provide strategic leadership and development for the organization, lead its fund development initiatives, and manage the day-to-day operations.

“I moved to Charleston four years ago and consider this to be my home,” Martin said. “I am honored to lead JEF at this time. I truly believe that miracles can happen when purpose and passion align with opportunity and possibility. This is how systems are changed, legacies are established, and communities and organizations come together for the greater good. The region’s Jewish community has a long history making lasting and impactful contributions.  I look forward to building on this foundation in the coming years.”

Martin is currently the CEO of Tri-County Cradle to Career Collaborative in Charleston. Prior, she served as Vice President of Community Impact and Investments for the United Ways of Northeast Florida and Greenville counties. She earned her BS from The Florida State University, has won numerous awards and recognition for work and influence in the course of her career, has held leadership positions at her former synagogue, and holds a number of certificates in leadership development and management.  Martin is well known for her candor, transparency, innovation, and unique ability to bring communities together to achieve their stated goals.  Phyllis, her husband Tim, and their four-legged child, Finn, reside in West Ashley.


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