Alan Leifer is a retired voting stockholder of Fidelity Investments where he managed Trend, Equity Income, Select, and Contrafund. During his 18-year tenure, Fidelity grew to be the country’s number one mutual fund manager in size and performance.
Alan’s involvement in Jewish public service and Middle East affairs spans the American Jewish renaissance, civil society, peace and democracy in the Middle East, climate change, energy security, cleantech, and endowment management. Current and former affiliations or Board service include the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya, Hebrew College, the Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS), Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA), the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP), and the Solomon Schechter Day School-Boston.
Alan holds a BS in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania, an MBA from The Wharton School, an MPA in Nonprofit Leadership from the Harvard Kennedy School, and is a CFA charter holder.
As founder of the Jewish Community Endowment Pool, Alan helps oversee $3.5 billion in endowment and foundation investments from more than 150 families and entities across the United States.
In 2014, Alan and his wife Marcia launched The Leifer Family Fund to focus and extend their strategic grantmaking. The Leifer Family Fund collaborates with like-minded Jewish family foundations to support emerging enterprises, some of which can be seen here.
Marcia has served as Vice President of the Leifer Family Fund since its founding in 2014, and is active with several Jewish organizations in Boston. She has served as the Creative Arts & Sciences Committee Chair at the Solomon Schechter Day School and is a volunteer for development teams at both Schechter and the Gann Academy. She also served on the board of Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Boston.
Marcia is an active volunteer for Combined Jewish Philanthropies, serving on the Boston Haifa Committee and the Miriam Fund as well as working with the Women’s Division of Combined Jewish Philanthropies. Marcia has traveled extensively to visit JDC operations in Israel, Cuba, Ukraine, Ethiopia, Turkey, Russia, Poland, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Croatia, Argentina, India, Germany, Hungary, Serbia, Bosnia, Hong Kong and the Philippines.
Marcia and her husband Alan are the parents of four grown children and one grandson. Marcia is a native of Central Florida and a graduate of the University of Georgia.
Marilyn created the role of Executive Director of the Leifer Family Fund in 2014, following more than 30 years of experience working in the Boston Jewish community. She served 13 years as Youth Director and Executive Director of Temple Emunah in Lexington, Massachusetts before working as Director of Finance and Operations at Gann Academy for eight years. Prior to joining Leifer Family Fund, Marilyn spent another eight years as Assistant Executive Director at The David Project, traveling to college campuses and leading groups of college students on trips to Israel.
Marilyn is responsible for the philanthropic activities and financial management of the family as well as the operational and human resource needs of the Leifer Family Fund. She is actively involved on college campuses and working with young adults as part of her work with the Fund.
Marilyn holds a B.A. in Psychology and Education from Rutgers University and an M.A. from New York University in Counseling Psychology. She currently works and lives in the Boston area, and is the proud mother of two adult sons.