WALTHAM – Gail Schulman has been selected as Jewish Family & Children’s Service (JF&CS) next chief executive officer (CEO). Her appointment follows an eight-month national search, led by JF&CS Board President Jamie Grossman and Vice President Steven Weil and in collaboration with Isaacson, Miller, a Boston-based search firm.
Schulman is currently chief operating officer at Gann Academy, Greater Boston’s independent Jewish High School. Prior to joining Gann in 2016, she spent more than 20 years leading complex businesses in the high-tech sector, serving as CEO and COO for businesses of up to 500 staff and over $200+ million in revenue including SunGuard, Thomson Financial, and others.
Schulman has served as the board chair of Kesher Newton, led committees focused on youth and education at Temple Reyim, and served as fundraising and recruitment chair at Teen Voices. She graduated summa cum laude from Harvard University. Schulman lives in Newton with her husband and two children.
“On behalf of the Board of Directors it is a tremendous honor to bring Gail Schulman to JF&CS as our next CEO,” said Grossman. “As a highly regarded, successful business executive, Gail brings the skills necessary to manage a complex, multi-faceted organization. Gail combines her brilliant, sharp mind and business acumen with a warm heart and deep compassion for the mission of the agency. Her experience managing complex businesses brings a fresh perspective to the JF&CS. Gail’s enthusiasm for the position is energizing. The Board and I are so looking forward to working together with Gail as we continue the legacy of excellent service to our community.”
“I am honored and thrilled to be joining Jewish Family & Children’s Service as CEO, and to lead the work of this critically important organization,” Schulman said. “JF&CS doesn’t shy away from the hardest challenges of our community – hunger, living with disabilities, aging, early childhood trauma, and so much more. And it does all of this based on a Jewish foundation of social responsibility, compassion, and respect for all members of the community. I think it is the foundation that provides heart and soul to JF&CS’s services, and that makes it stand out as such a special organization.”
Carl Zack, who has served as interim CEO at the agency, will continue in his role until Schulman officially joins JF&CS after the new year.