Phyllis Cook
Phyllis Cook


Phyllis Cook served as the Executive Director of the Jewish Community Endowment Fund of the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties for 25 years through June 30, 2008.  Under her leadership, the Endowment Fund assets grew from $28 million to over $2.8 billion.  She was responsible for major gift solicitations, development, grantmaking, and oversight of 800 donor advised funds, 70 supporting foundations and 100 restricted funds.  She also served as Assistant Director of the Jewish Community Federation, co-staffing Board, Executive Committee, Investment Committee, Real Estate Committee, Israel and Overseas Committee and overall activities, among others.

She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Rosenberg Foundation, Bernard Osher Foundation, Jim Joseph Foundation, Gerson Bakar Foundation, Maisin Foundation, Sarlo Foundation, Sandler Foundation and the I-Center for Education in Israel, among others.

Awards include:

  • 2008 Founders’ Medallion from the Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion – Los Angeles

  • 2007 Association of Jewish Community Organizational Professionals Mandelkorn Distinguished Service Award

  • 2007 Trustees’ Citation for fundraising from the University of California, Berkeley

  • 2007 Community Endowment Excellence Award (given annually by United Jewish Communities to the Federation that had the greatest achievement among its peer group)

  • Lloyd W. Dinkelspiel Young Leadership Award 1976

  • JCF Women's Division Award for Devoted Service & Creative Leadership

She recently formed the consulting company, PLC Philanthropic Services working with individuals and families to achieve their philanthropic objectives.

She received her B.A. from the University of Michigan (Phi Beta Kappa), and was voted “Outstanding Senior Woman” at the University of Michigan.  She studied at the University of California - Berkeley Graduate School in English, and served as a teaching assistant at Northwestern University in American Literature. 

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