Acting Director, Center for Designed Philanthropy


The work I do daily, overseeing competitive grant programs, connecting thoughtful donors to amazing nonprofits, and facilitating values discussions for multigenerational families is incredibly meaningful and rewarding.

As Acting Director, Naomi Strongin oversees the Center For Designed Philanthropy, including development and implementation of community grant programs, working with major fund holders, and providing philanthropic advising services to individuals and families.

Naomi brings extensive experience in program development and management, grantmaking, and relationship building to this role. Naomi joined The Foundation in 2009 with a background in direct social services and fundraising. As a Program Officer, Senior Program Officer, and Associate Director of the Center, Naomi has directly managed The Foundation’s Cutting Edge GrantsGeneral Community GrantsIsrael Grants, and Capital Grant programs. She has guided hundreds of donors on a diverse range of philanthropic topics with her expertise in engaging next generations in philanthropy, multi-gen giving, charitable mission & vision development, and giving interest-area issues such as early childhood development, economic development in Israel, and the Jewish nonprofit landscape in Los Angeles.

Naomi earned her Masters in Social Work with a concentration in Community Organizing, Planning and Administration from the University of Southern California, and her Bachelor of Arts in Human Development from UC San Diego. She is a Certified 21/64 Philanthropic Advisor.