Jeff Farber, a highly regarded leader in the philanthropic arena, embodies the spirit of tzedek – righteousness. As CEO of the Koret Foundation, he directs philanthropic initiatives in the San Francisco Bay Area, Israel, and worldwide. Jeff is a champion and ally to the LGBTQ and Jewish communities, and a fervent supporter of a strong and vibrant US-Israel relationship. He is a trusted mentor and friend whose business acumen and thoughtful guidance has helped A Wider Bridge become the organization it is today.
Over the course of his six-year tenure, our past Executive Director Tye Gregory grew A Wider Bridge from a local startup to a leading international LGBTQ organization confronting antisemitism, anti-Zionism, homophobia, and transphobia. He brought more than 250 LGBTQ leaders in politics, media, business and activism to Israel, and launched groundbreaking initiatives like AWB Impact (our grants program to LGBTQ Israeli non-profits) and Beyond the Bridge (Israeli alumni initiative). Tye’s close personal and professional relationship with A Wider Bridge continues in his current role as the San Francisco-based JCRC’s Chief Executive Officer, where he brings Jewish communities together with our AAPI, Black, Latino, and interfaith neighbors to uproot antisemitism and the delegitimization of Israel, and build a more just and equitable Bay Area and California.
Michelle and Tracey represent the very best of community leadership and have had a significant impact through their decades of service in Florida and beyond. Both longtime supporters of AWB, Michelle has held senior positions at the Greater Miami Jewish Federation, Jewish Federations of North America and Jewish Community Centers in Los Angeles. Tracey, like Michelle, has worked to ensure full equality for LGBTQ individuals and families in Jewish life. Tracey led the ADL Florida Regional Board, chairs ADL’s National Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Task Force and recently joined Keshet’s team as the Florida Education and Training Manager. Together Tracey and Michelle have five children who bring much naches to their lives.
Bruce Maxwell served as the first Board Chair of A Wider Bridge and his leadership is reflected today in our vibrant board. Bruce helped shape the programs and growth that have marked our success. His strategic vision, business skills, gravitas, and compassion have greatly benefited both AWB and other local and national LGBTQ organizations, including serving as president of his synagogue and a successful effort to build low-income affordable housing for LGBTQ seniors. Along the way, he has been a mentor to countless lay and professional leaders, resulting in a multiplier effect for his impact through those he has nurtured toward success.