I’m writing to share that our President Sara Brenner will be leaving Community Wealth Partners after more than 15 years. She has accepted a position to lead the creation of a new community foundation, the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Washington. With an endowment of $300M from the local Jewish federation, this new philanthropic entity will focus on creating a more just and equitable world and thriving Jewish community with a primary focus on supporting those furthest from resources and power – especially communities of color – in the Jewish community and society at large. Her last day with us will be July 1st.
This is a bittersweet moment. Sara has been a vital and dedicated member of our team, from her early days as an intern and a consultant to more than a decade as a member of our executive team. She will leave an indelible mark on our organization. She has helped build this organization, including critical relationships, systems, and processes, that have allowed us to elevate our impact through our work with clients.
On a more personal note, I will miss Sara’s co-leadership and partnership. Sara’s commitment to the organization’s success as well as mine as her partner have always been evident. She is willing to engage in the hard conversations or assignments and is creative and visionary in solving problems.
Amidst this change for our organization, we are excited for the impact Sara will have in her new role, continuing to contribute to our collective effort to shift power and resources to those who historically have been kept furthest from them. There is nothing more gratifying than seeing one of our own elevate her leadership to help advance racial equity.
As we take this moment to thank Sara and wish her well in her new endeavor, we also thank you for your continued partnership. By working together, we can get farther in creating a world where all people truly have the opportunity to thrive.
Amy Celep, CEO