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 Vice President, Naomi Strongin oversees the Center For Designed Philanthropy, including the 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 Grants, General Community Grants, Israel Grants, Capital Grants, and Racial Equity Grants programs. She also was integrally involved in leading The Foundation’s response to the pandemic in 2020-2021, spearheading our Covid-19 Response Grants and Reimagine Grants programs that provided nearly $12 million in support of close to 100 nonprofits for pressing needs. 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.