Dr. Anita Friedman has served for 30 years as Executive Director of Jewish Family and Children's Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin, and Sonoma Counties. The daughter of Holocaust survivors, she is a frequent lecturer and writer on issues of Jewish communal service, mental health, and innovative business models for the provision of human services. She has consulted with the State of Israel's Ministry of Social Affairs on best practices in serving children and families, and her breakthrough work to acclimate Soviet Jews to American life has won her accolades from dignitaries the world over.
A licensed clinical social worker specializing in mental health services for families and couples, Dr. Friedman has received high praise and numerous awards, including the State of California Family Service Council Leadership Award; the International Louis Kraft Award for Jewish communal service; the Myrtle Wreath Award, Hadassah's highest honor; Jewish Community Federation's Professional of the Year Award; and the Koret Prize for leadership in community service. She is a graduate of the prestigious Wexner Heritage Foundation fellowship.