Atlanta Jewish Federation looking for new president as Steve Rakitt takes job in D.C.

By Maria Saporta

The long-time executive of the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta is moving to Washington, D.C. to become president and CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington later this spring.

Steve Rakitt has been CEO of the Atlanta Federation for the past 10 years.

“Steve has served our community with vigor and conviction for the past 10 years,” said Robert Arogeti, chairman of the Federation’s board, in a statement. “However, we are excited for the opportunity to bring new leadership to the organization.”

The Federation is launching a search for a new CEO with Jack Halpern chairing the search committee. An interim CEO also will be hired to work with Rakitt during the transition process.

“I have truly loved my time in Atlanta and want to help during this transition in any way I can,” Rakitt said in the release. “I look forward to the challenges of my new role and hope to have as much success building relationships and helping the community in D.C. as I have here.”

Arogeti said the Atlanta Jewish community continues to grow and that the Federation is committed to continued success and growth so it can continue and increase the support it provides to its agencies and its partners.

Atlanta’s Jewish Federation was founded in 1906 to help make a positive difference in the lives of Jews both in the metro area and abroad. It has an annual campaign to raise money for 14 affiliate organizations and five initiatives that include 50 community organizations in Atlanta and internationally, with a special emphasis on Israel.

Maria Saporta, Editor, is a longtime Atlanta business, civic and urban affairs journalist with a deep knowledge of our city, our region and state.  Since 2008, she has written a weekly column and news stories for the Atlanta Business Chronicle. Prior to that, she spent 27 years with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, becoming its business columnist in 1991. Maria received her Master’s degree in urban studies from Georgia State and her Bachelor’s degree in journalism from Boston University. Maria was born in Atlanta to European parents and has two young adult children.

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