07 February 2020
Federation is pleased to welcome June Marlin Falb, the new Chief Endowment Officer for Federation’s United Jewish Endowment Fund. UJEF provides our community the opportunity to establish legacies that will shape and improve Jewish life for generations. We sat down with June to learn more about her new role and what she looks forward to accomplishing in Greater Washington.
- Tell us about your background.
I grew up in Troy, NY, near Albany, and attended Russell Sage College, studying English and Marketing. After college, I worked for a university, managing alumni clubs across the country. In the midst of my travels, my mother suggested I attend a Federation Young Leadership event in Albany hoping I would meet someone. Instead, I found my next job! I became very involved at Federation and was eventually recruited to be their Director of Young Leadership and Women’s Division. After several years, I moved on to be the Regional Director for ADL, covering upstate NY. That great position gave me the opportunity to do a wide variety of work – including board development and management, public speaking, grant writing, events, and fundraising. I moved to DC in 1995 to work in ADL’s Washington, DC office, where I was part of a small group that created the Concert Against Hate. Since I left ADL in 2001, I have been at several other organizations and instrumental in raising significant funds for animal habitats at the National Zoo, Alzheimer’s research, mental health, and, most recently, capital funds for Suburban Hospital. In the mid-2000s, I worked in a variety of roles here at The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, including leading Women’s Philanthropy. I’m very happy to be back in this new capacity.
I met my husband Rob here in DC, though we are from the same area. We live in Bethesda, and our 19-year-old twins are in college at Clark University in Worcester, MA and at NYU. We have also been long time members at Congregation Beth El.
- What inspired you to return to your Federation roots?
Over my career, I have worked for several Jewish organizations, and appreciate the passion as well as commitment of the volunteers, staff, and donors. When I was presented with the opportunity to join the Federation team as the Chief Endowment Officer, it seemed to be a very natural transition. I’m very pleased to bring our community a new perspective on how donors want to support programs and services that are important to them.
- What attracted you to the Chief Endowment Officer role?
I have a strong belief in and passion for planning for future resources. In today’s climate, where things are moving so fast, I believe it’s important to pause and think about what our world will look like down the road. We need to build in safeguards for the programs and institutions that are important to the wellbeing of our families and communities.
- What are you most looking forward to accomplishing in this new position?
My initial goals are to increase awareness about Federation’s United Jewish Endowment Fund and the opportunities available for prospects and donors. Eventually, my goal is leading us to building a larger endowment fund. I’m also looking forward to working with our next generation community members and their families to assist them with planning their philanthropy. There are many long-term issues that the Jewish community is concerned about beyond what we support annually. I look forward to being part of these conversations.
- What do you like to do in your time away from the office?
My family and I love going to the beach, the movies, and live concerts. We are very close, and spend time traveling together to interesting places and to visit relatives. I also cook and am a bit of a foodie so we like to try new restaurants whenever we can.