Our CEO Search

Community Update – October 13, 2016

Shanah Tovah!

On behalf of the board and staff of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation, I hope you enjoyed a peaceful and sweet New Year’s celebration. Here at Federation, we took some time for reflection and celebration, but even while relaxing, it’s hard to forget about the work of building Jewish community – that work is the reason we can celebrate the Jewish New Year so joyfully here in the Twin Cities.

The New Year follows the launch of our new campaign, which has started strong under the leadership of campaign chairs Rhonda Stein and Stuart Goldenberg. Rhonda and Stuart have a vision and determination that I admire, and I look forward to seeing where they take the 2017 Community Campaign.

I want to update you on the topics that frequently come up when I speak with our community: our CEO search and cross-river collaboration. Before I dive into the specifics, I’ll tell you this: The community is speaking —and we are listening.

Our CEO Search Committee is receiving a steady stream of potential applicant names and resumes, both from within our Jewish community and outside of it. I speak on behalf of the committee and our chairs Howard Zack and Gabrielle Parish when I say that we are truly inspired by the talent and passion we’ve seen.  On October 13th the first round of candidate interviews will take place as the multi-month process continues.

Now, you may have seen the letter circulated in the American Jewish World and on TC Jewfolk calling for the two Federations to work together in their CEO search. In September, the boards of both the Minneapolis and St. Paul Jewish Federations approved a motion to form a 10 member panel (five from each city) that will explore hiring a joint CEO to oversee both Federations.

Many of you have asked whether we will pause the search process while this panel meets.  Our approach to finding the right leader for the Minneapolis Jewish Federation has always been to move slowly and deliberately, so we don’t believe working in tandem with this panel will slow the process.  

As always, we will keep you informed as these processes move along. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me at dorbuch@jewishminneapolis.org

Wishing you and our community health and vibrancy in the New Year.

David signature-01

David Orbuch
President, Minneapolis Jewish Federation

Community Update - September 1, 2016

Minneapolis Jewish Federation is committed to conducting its CEO search with transparency and integrity. This page will be updated regularly as information becomes available.

Minneapolis Jewish Federation’s CEO search committee is co-chaired by Howard Zack and Gabrielle Parish. To submit comments or ask questions, please contact them at search@jewishminneapolis.org.



Minneapolis is a vibrant economic and cultural hub known for its strong education systems, a diverse and strongly supported arts community, and one of the best designed and maintained park systems in the world.

The Jewish community in Minneapolis has a long legacy of philanthropy and activism. From our beginnings on the North Side of Minneapolis, to our current sprawl to the suburbs, our community has been active in solving the educational, social service, and cultural needs within our own and in the larger community.

For more than 80 years, the Minneapolis Jewish Federation has been meeting the needs and realizing the aspirations of Jewish people through all phases of life in Minneapolis, Israel, and more than 70 countries around the world. Today, we are fulfilling our mission—to build community, care for the welfare of Jews everywhere, and maximize participation in Jewish life.

Minneapolis Jewish Federation seeks a new CEO to lead this charge.


Howard Zack is a retired executive of Thomson Reuters who has been in this community for 19 years.  He is an active volunteer, currently or formerly serving on many boards in the Jewish and Greater community.  Howard is Immediate Past President of JFCS and the Temple Israel Foundation.  He is President-Elect of Federation and a board member of the Jewish Community Foundation.  Howard is married to Kathy and has two married children and one grandson.

Gabrielle Parish is the founder of the GF Parish Group, an executive search firm focusing on the asset management business nationwide since its inception in 2003.   Gabrielle moved to the Twin Cities from NYC in 1986 to take a role in institutional sales and client service with American Express Asset Management, a position she held for 13 years before becoming a recruiter.  Gabrielle holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and an AB from Dartmouth College. She is the mother of three boys, ages 24, 23 and 19, and happily married to David Parish.  Previously on the Board of JFCS, Gabrielle also serves on the Board of Twin Cities RISE, and is thrilled to be involved in the important mission of finding a new CEO for the Minneapolis Jewish Federation. 

Print Friendly, PDF & Email