Thursday, August 24th, 2017

Dr Sandra Braham Appointed GCJFCS President/CEO

Gulf Coast Jewish Family and Community Services (GCJFCS) announces the appointment of Dr. Sandra E. Braham as the organization’s new President/CEO, effective March 21. Dr. Braham will replace Interim President/CEO Eric Feder, who has held the position since January 2015.

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“We took our time, conducted a thorough process and vetted several qualified candidates,” said Jay Miller, GCJFCS Board Chair. “Dr. Braham was chosen unanimously by our internal audiences, who are impressed with her proven leadership, her desire to contribute to a healthy internal culture and her willingness to advocate on behalf of the communities we serve.”

 

DBraham,SandraClrr. Braham, selected through a national search, brings more than 20 years of leadership experience in the not-for-profit sector. Most recently, she served for 10 years as Chief Executive Officer of the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) El Paso del Norte Region, the largest YWCA in the nation. In this role, she led 450 employees, managed an annual budget of more than $30 million and supported a $9 million foundation.

 

Prior to joining the YWCA, Dr. Braham served in the capacities of Associate Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies and Assistant Vice President for Outreach Programs at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) from 1992 to 2006. At UTEP, she secured more than $20 million in federal and state grants focused on helping low-income youth access, enroll in and succeed in higher education.

 

Dr. Braham will be responsible for overseeing the organization’s more than 500 staff members and working within 67 different programs that cover a 37-county service area throughout Florida. GCJFCS’ programs protect the vulnerable, strengthen families and empower individuals by serving abused and neglected children, helping newly arrived refugees resettle in the United States, assisting the unemployed with jobs and life skills and providing a continuum of services for the elderly and disabled in communities across Florida. The agency also offers internationally recognized models of community-based care for those with serious medical, physical and psychiatric disabilities and provides holistic services to the Jewish community, including a Holocaust Survivor Program that provides essential care to help improve the quality of life for Holocaust survivors throughout West Central Florida. Dr. Braham will oversee the successful implementation of these service areas and will position the agency to continue to grow.

 

“I am honored to join Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services, where I am excited to use my talents to lead an agency that significantly impacts lives in the region,” said Dr. Braham. “GCJFCS has a mission that aligns to my values, and they have led in many ways to support those who are most vulnerable. I am looking forward to engaging with a very capable team to keep contributing to positive change in my new home community.”

 

A married mother of three, Dr. Braham brings a compelling personal history that involves overcoming barriers after spending a portion of her life in foster care.

 

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About Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services

For more than 50 years, Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services has been providing essential services to our community’s most needy and vulnerable populations. Beginning with one social worker and a secretary in a small office, Gulf Coast now employs more than 500 staff agency-wide and boasts a point-in-time caseload of more than 6,000 individuals. GCJFCS interacts with virtually every arena of social services covering a 37-county area and provides a wide range of family support and counseling services. 

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