Michael Rassler Santa Barbara, CA
Executive leader with an accomplished career in nonprofit management. Strong track record of social justice advocacy, building strategic community relationships, and fostering an open and inclusive workplace. Skilled at building organizational culture, negotiating the politics of large organizations, resolving conflict, building consensus, and leading complex, organization-wide initiatives. Demonstrated success in major gift solicitation, annual fundraising appeals, fiscal stewardship, capital development, corporate sponsorships and grants.
Community Engagement Change Management Strategic Planning
Educational Programs Program Planning Employee Training
Capital Campaigns Budgeting Grant Management
Public Relations Advocacy Public Policy
Relationship Building Volunteer Management Public Speaking
Executive Director, Jewish Federation of Greater Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, CA July 2009 – December 2019
Led the development and execution of programs to build a vibrant and inclusive local Jewish community, to serve the needs of the local community and others around the world, and to strengthen relationships between the Jewish community and the community at large through engagement with other local, national, and international agencies.
Led effort to raise over $1 million in capital funds to renovate the Bronfman Family JCC and install essential security upgrades.
Provided leadership in the establishment of the Santa Barbara Village Program, a community-wide, inter-agency initiative to support aging in place for local seniors.
Led Strategic Visioning Initiative to build a more unified, inclusive, and respectful Santa Barbara Jewish community.
Organized and led over 35 Community Leadership Missions to Israel, Eastern and Western Europe, and Ethiopia.
Led the effort to create the Santa Barbara Jewish Film Festival.
Alpha Resource Center Award for Diversity and Inclusion.
CEO, United Jewish Federation of San Diego County
San Diego, CA January 2005 – June 2009
Oversaw successful operation and performance of Federation programs to deepen engagement in Jewish community life and mobilize community resources to address critical needs in the local community and around the world.
Oversaw reorganization of Federation governance structures and implementation of the Strategic Planning Report and Recommendations for the San Diego Jewish community.
Raised, transmitted and acknowledged almost $5 Million for the 2006 Israel Emergency Campaign.
Coordinated applications by local agencies and synagogues for Homeland Security grants totaling over $1 million to strengthen and secure facilities.
Hosted President Bill Clinton at the UJF’s 70th anniversary event, “Together As One,” the single most successful fundraising event in the organization’s history.
2007 Union of Reform Judaism’s Shutafim (Partners) Award for best Federation-Synagogue relations.
CEO, Jewish Federation of Greater Long Beach and West Orange County
Executive Vice President, Jewish Federation Foundation of Greater Long Beach and West Orange County
Long Beach, CA January 1997 – December 2004
Served concurrently as CEO of the Jewish Federation and EVP for the Jewish Foundation of Greater Long Beach and West Orange County.
Led campaign to build the Wienberg Jewish Federation Campus, a 90,000 sq. ft. campus housing the Barbara & Ray Alpert Jewish Community Center, Jewish Family & Children’s Service, Hillel, the Jewish Federation, and the Jewish Federation Foundation.
Achieved five Annual Campaign increases and six consecutive operating surpluses.
Collaborated with California State University Long Beach to establish a new Jewish Studies Program.
Associate Executive Vice President, Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County
Boca Raton, FL January 1991 – August 1996
Director of Planning and Budgeting, Greater Miami Jewish Federation
Miami, FL August 1986 – January 1991
PROFESSIONAL AND COMMUNITY LEADERSHIP
Board of Directors, Volunteer Organizations Active in Disasters of Santa Barbara 2009 – Present
Member, Tri-County Coalition Against Hate 2016 – 2018
Board of Directors, Association of Jewish Communal Organization Professionals 2005 – 2009
National Award Committee
Member, Estate Planning & Trust Council of Long Beach 1997 – 2004
Member, Long Beach/Harbor Area Council of the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles 1997 – 2004
National Board, Volunteer Organizations Active in Disasters 1991 – 1997
Master of Arts in Jewish Studies, The Baltimore Hebrew College 1986
Master of Social Work in Community Planning & Social Administration, University of Maryland Baltimore 1986
Master of Business Administration, Miami University, Oxford, OH 1984
Int’l Graduate Degree in Hebrew and Jewish Studies, World Union of Jewish Students, Arad, Israel 1982
Bachelor of Science in Business, Miami University, Oxford, OH 1981
ACTIVITIES & INTERESTS
Advanced Open Water Certified Diver
Rescue Certified Diver
Double Black Diamond Skier
Hopelessly Enthusiastic Golfer