Welcome Michael Hoffman
Meet Michael Hoffman, Federation’s New President & CEO
We sat down with Michael to learn more about him before he officially joins our community later this year:
What aspects of our local Jewish community enticed you to join us – on a professional and personal level?
“This position presents an exciting yet challenging opportunity to write the next chapter of this Federation. We will work in partnership with lay and professional leadership to achieve a shared communal and philanthropic vision. Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County is a leading Federation – with great potential still to be realized.”
How can Federation strengthen its impact in the local and global Jewish communities?
“I am a passionate believer in the important role Federation plays in strengthening Jewish peoplehood. No one organization in the community has the sole ability to address all the needs of Jewish life on their own – it is the role of the Federation to serve as that central convener to address issues that go above demographics, across borders and beyond agency walls.”
How would you describe your leadership style?
“My basic philosophy in leadership and how I relate to all people is trust, transparency, communication and collaboration.”
Outside of your professional life, what are your hobbies and interests?
“First and foremost, I am a husband and father. I love spending quality time with my wife, Naomi, and our two kids: Mollie (12 years old) and Jonah (9 years old). Whether it be schlepping them to soccer practices or going on family bike rides, my family gives me my nourishment. I also like to exercise – I run half marathons, I like to go to the gym with my wife, bike ride, kayak, anything outside. I have been playing guitar for 30 years, and in Baltimore I played guitar and led songs at our synagogue’s family Shabbat services for about 10 years."
Michael Hoffman joins the Palm Beach County community after serving nearly 15 years at The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore.
Most recently, Michael served as Chief Development Officer at The Associated. In this position, Michael was responsible for coordinating all community development functions, both human and financial, as well as overseeing the Community Planning and Allocations activities of the Federation. This includes management for Associated agency fundraising initiatives, capital fundraising, supervision of the Philanthropic Planning and Services department, management of the Center for Community Leadership and Engagement, and the coordination of these important functions with The Associated’s Annual and Women's Campaigns.
Michael also served as The Associated's Chief Planning and Strategy Officer, where he took lead responsibility for the organization's strategic planning process, largely based on the outcomes of the 2010 Baltimore Jewish Community Study. Prior to that role, Michael served as Vice President of Agency Relations at The Associated.
Prior to joining the Baltimore community in 2001, Michael worked at United Jewish Communities (now JFNA) in New York where he served as the National Associate Director of Young Leadership and the National Assistant Director of Major Gifts.
Michael currently serves as Treasurer of the national JPRO Network. He previously served on the Board of Trustees of Temple Oheb Shalom in Baltimore.
A graduate of the University of Cincinnati, Michael received his Master of Social Work at the Wurzweiler School of Social Work at Yeshiva University.
Michael and his wife Naomi are the proud parents of their 12-year-old daughter Mollie and 9-year-old son, Jonah.