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Carole Zawatsky

Carole Zawatsky Director

Ms. Zawatsky has worked in the areas of arts, culture and non-profit management for over 25 years where she has helped create dynamic partnerships between the funding community and the institutions she has directed. Carole Zawatsky stepped down as the CEO of the Edlavitch DCJCC in June 2020. Over the course of her tenure, Carole oversaw a complete renovation of the 65,000 square foot historic building and raised over 20 million dollars for the project.  Additionally, she expanded the programs and brought national recognition to the Center as a space known for its world class arts and culture.

Carole leads with optimism, enthusiasm, and creativity, leveraging the qualities of each person to achieve their greatest success.  She believes that tapping the greatest strengths of each individual and teaching them to work toward their natural talents builds the self-confidence needed to grow as a professional. She has excelled at supporting professionals in finding their voice, and letting go of the fears that might hold them back. She is particularly passionate about helping senior staff understand and align their budgets with the institutional mission and vision.

Prior to joining the DCJCC, Carole was responsible for bringing high level programming in a broad range of areas and leading a team of over 60 people, Carole served as the Chief Program Officer for Arts, Culture and Jewish Life at the JCC of San Francisco. She played a key role in leading the institution through a strategic plan that aligned with the needs and growth of the Bay Area community.

She has had many successful positions within the museum world including the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Skirball Museum the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC, The Jewish Museum in New York, and the launching of The Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage in Cleveland, OH.

She received her BA from the University of Maryland and holds an MA from The George Washington University.

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