Fundraising professionals promoted at Federation

Fundraising professionals promoted at Federation

Emily Richman
Emily Richman

The Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh has promoted three professionals in a continuing effort to consolidate all of the organization’s financial resource development into a unified approach.

Emily Richman has assumed the new position of assistant director of campaign. She helps manage a team of seven professionals and oversee operations including fundraising, marketing and programming for the Federation’s Annual Campaign, with a goal this year of $13.35 million. She is also the lead staff for the Pacesetters Division for donors who give between $1,000 and $9,999 annually and for the Jewish Professionals Network.

Roi Mezare was promoted to senior manager of the Financial Resource Development. Mezare is responsible for working with donors to achieve their philanthropic goals through the Federation’s various fundraising vehicles, which include the Annual Campaign, the Jewish Community Foundation, and supplemental giving over and above a donor’s annual commitment. Additionally, he heads the Maimonides Society for health care professionals and the State College Jewish Community Campaign.

Richman and Mezare have extensive experience in key capacities including organizational development, management skills and outreach.

“Emily’s attention to detail and ability to juggle an enormous amount of projects make her an invaluable asset to this organization,” Jeff Finkelstein, president and CEO of the Federation said in a prepared statement. “And Roi is simply the consummate fundraiser, someone who cares very deeply both about the Jewish community and the donors who enable it to flourish. It is safe to say that our fundraising efforts are in excellent hands with Emily and Roi.”

In addition, Sally Stein has assumed the position of manager of corporate and government relations. Stein will oversee all corporate sponsorship of Federation projects, as she continues her work with government affairs and the Pennsylvania Educational Improvement Tax Credit program (EITC). Since she took over the EITC project in 2005, the funding pool has increased by 200 percent, generating more than $17 million for Jewish day school education and prekindergarten programs in the Pittsburgh area.

“Sally has proven time and again that she’s ambitious and accomplishes what she sets out to do,” Finkelstein continued. Her energy and enthusiasm are contagious and the results of her hard work speak for themselves. I look forward to Sally building upon the success of the EITC program and taking our corporate sponsorship to the next level.”

For more information about the Federation’s Financial Resource Development, contact Jessica Brown Smith at 412-992-5248 or