Leichtag Foundation Hires Jessica Kort As Philanthropy Manager

Encinitas, CA – February 22, 2017 – Leichtag Foundation announces the appointment of Jessica Kort as its Philanthropy Manager.

“Jessica’s deep understanding of and experience in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors, along with her creativity, will add to and inspire a culture of philanthropy in our region and beyond.  We are enthusiastic to welcome her to the Leichtag Foundation team,” said Charlene Seidle, Leichtag Foundation Executive Vice President.

Jessica most recently served as Managing Director of Foothold Foundation, an initiative dedicated to supporting collaborative efforts in San Diego’s social sector. Prior to that, she served as Communications Officer at the Jewish Community Foundation of San Diego and Program Coordinator at Temple Emanu-El of San Diego.

Jessica currently serves as a steering committee member of the San Diego Chapter of Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy. She is a former advisory board member of Young Nonprofit Professionals Network San Diego and was a 2012 San Diego Leadership Alliance Institute Fellow. Jessica received a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from UC San Diego, a Master of Arts in International Conflict Studies from King’s College London, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of San Diego.

 In her role as Philanthropy Manager, Jessica will be developing giving opportunities for community members, overseeing a new giving circle initiative, building the Foundation’s philanthropic consulting practice and looking at ways that Leichtag Foundation can increase its impact and leverage across funding areas.


The Leichtag Foundation honors the legacy of Lee and Toni Leichtag through igniting and inspiring vibrant Jewish life, advancing self-sufficiency and stimulating social entrepreneurship in coastal North San Diego County and Jerusalem.  

Contact: Joshua Sherman 

Tel: 760-479-6495 

joshua [at] leichtag.org