Jeff is President and Executive Director of the David & Janet Polak Foundation, formed in 2012 to support Israel, the American Jewish community, and other causes. The Foundation makes grants to support over 50 organizations. The Foundation has endowed the Cedars-Sinai Board of Governors Regenerative Medicine and seeded major gifts to the Technion and Ben Gurion University. Under Jeff’s leadership, the Foundation has been at the forefront of making Program-Related Investments, a cutting edge tool to direct charitable resources into for-profit companies.
Jeff, a Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA), is also the Managing Director of Polak Investors which actively manages fixed-income securities, public equities, and alternative assets. He earned his BA in economics and international relations from the University of Southern California and CIMA designation from The Wharton School of Business. He serves on the boards of the American Technion Society and Ben-Gurion University, Friends of the Israeli Defense Forces, Jewish Journal, as well as on the investment committees for the Jewish Home, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Jewish Federation, the Buckley School, the American Technion Society, and the Americans for Ben-Gurion University.
Jeff has two children Ethan and Alexa. He is also an avid runner and has completed more than twenty-five marathons.