Scott Stern Joins Federation as Chief Operating Officer

August 8, 2014 | Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit

The Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit has named Scott Stern as its Chief Operating Officer. After more than 25 years as an entrepreneur, community leader and philanthropist, Scott is excited to partner with Scott Kaufman, CEO, and the rest of the Detroit team to assure a strong and sustainable Jewish future. As COO, Scott will focus on innovating and growing the Detroit Federation, as well as aligning operations to better position the organization to meet its immediate and long-term objectives. Scott’s charge will be to maximize Federation’s potential to build Jewish identity, strengthen community and accelerate philanthropy in Detroit and around the world.

“Scott is a remarkably dynamic and accomplished individual, and one who clearly has a tremendous passion for the Jewish community,” notes Kaufman. “I am beyond excited to welcome his unique creativity, business-savvy and strategic vision to Federation, where I am confident his skills will have a profound positive impact on our work.”

Adds Gideon Herscher, of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), “Scott Stern lives a Jewish life anchored in action. He brings a hands-on, innovative and compassionate approach to Jewish communal work with a commitment to strong and vibrant Jewish life across the globe.”

Scott graduated from the University of Michigan’s School of Music in 1990 with a degree in composition and piano. In 1994, Scott joined his wife, Lisa, founder of Big Communications. Under their leadership, the company evolved into a full service communications agency focused on health and wellness, growing from a start-up to 120 employees. At Big, Scott was responsible for corporate strategy, sales, marketing and communications and creative solutions.

In 2008, Scott and Lisa sold the company to Meredith Corporation, and he remained there until 2011. Since then, he has focused on a variety of entrepreneurial endeavors, and was asked to assume the role of Entrepreneur in Residence at the University of Chicago, a position which involves professional consulting, mentoring and shaping of new business concepts at the University.

“Service to the Jewish people through work at Federation was a wonderful choice for all of us,” notes Rabbi Harold Loss of Temple Israel, where Scott has been involved as a congregant, musician and lay leader.  “Scott has transitioned from being an active participant in the life of the Jewish community into a professional who will help the community to reach important goals”

Scott and Lisa and their three children, Carly, Talia and Jonah, live in Franklin, Michigan.

 

 

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