Leichtag Foundation names new philanthropy manager

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The Encinitas-based Leichtag Foundation on Feb. 22 announced 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.

Kort 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.

Kort 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 UCSD, a Master of Arts in International Conflict Studies from King’s College London, and an MBA from the University of San Diego.

In her role as Philanthropy Manager, Kort 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.

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