Lindsey Baker returned to her hometown of Tucson on May 1 to accept the chief operating officer position for the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona and the Jewish Community Foundation. “Creating a sustainable, single-chief executive model is what we have been working toward,” says Graham Hoffman, in announcing Baker’s appointment. Graham is the president and CEO of the Federation and Foundation.
Lindsay attended Tucson Hebrew Academy and The Gregory School. She grew up going to the Tucson Jewish Community Center and volunteering at Handmaker Jewish Services for Aging.
Prior to returning to Tucson, she was director of programs at Hands On Atlanta, overseeing the organization’s impact programs and stewarding 100+ nonprofit and school partnerships. Previously she worked as director of program development for the third-largest U.S. nonprofit and the nation’s leading domestic hunger-relief organization, Feeding America, overseeing strategic initiatives related to child and senior hunger, and SNAP outreach. She designed and implemented Feeding America’s Child Hunger Corps, a nationwide service program developing food banks’ capacity to execute programs to alleviate child hunger.
As a 2007-8 fellow in the Congressional Hunger Center’s Bill Emerson National Hunger Fellowship program, Lindsay worked on food insecurity among individuals with life-threatening illnesses.
Lindsay graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Emory University with a BA in psychology and sociology in 2007. She completed her MBA at Northwestern Kellogg School of Management in 2015 with a focus on strategy and organizations and public-private initiatives.
She serves on the board of the University of Arizona Hillel Foundation and is serving a second term on the Emory College Alumni Board executive committee. She received Emory University’s Humanitarian Award (2007), Feeding America’s Key Contributor Award (2011), and the Congressional Hunger Center’s Alumni Leadership Award (2012).
Retired attorney Anne Hameroff has been named the new chair of the Jewish Community Foundation of Southern Arizona. Anne wants to see the Foundation and the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona work together in ways that make them “more nimble and responsive” to meet the overall philanthropic desires of their donors.
It’s a goal she will be working toward with Deborah Oseran, JFSA board chair, and Graham Hoffman, president and CEO of both organizations, along with other community leaders.
Born and raised in Tucson, Hameroff celebrated her consecration, becoming a bat mitzvah, confirmation, and marriage at Temple Emanu-El. She grew up spending time at the Tucson Jewish Community Center and got involved in Jewish communal leadership when her children, now in their early 30s, were small, eventually serving as board chair of the Tucson J from 2005-2006. She has served on the JCF board for seven years.