Jay Sanderson is president and chief executive officer of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. He has been professionally active in the Jewish community for over 25 years and offers a wealth of knowledge and experience in new and old media, as well as evolving communications technologies. Jay is recognized as one of America’s leading entrepreneurs and has 30 years of experience transforming non-profit organizations. In 2011, he was selected to the prestigious Forward 50 list recognizing the top 50 American Jews making a difference in the world.
Formerly, Jay was the CEO and executive producer of Jewish Television Network (JTN) where he created, produced and wrote over 700 hours of award-winning television programming. Under his direction, JTN substantially increased its audience and expanded its distribution with programming seen in over 95 million households across the United States on Public Broadcasting stations as well as in Canada, Israel, New Zealand, Hungary, China, and Japan.
Jay was the creator and executive producer of the PBS landmark series, The Jewish Americans, and of the epic genocide documentary, Worse Than War. In 2007, he led JTN’s broadband initiative, JewishTVNetwork.com, the only fully Jewish video website on the Internet, attracting over 1.75 million unique visitors and hosting the largest Kol Nidre service ever.
Jay lives in Encino, and is married to Laura Lampert Sanderson. They have two children.
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