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Local gay leader appointed CEO of major non-profit

SAN DIEGO – The Jewish Federation of San Diego County has appointed Michael M. Sonduck as president and CEO, effective immediately.

The selection process was conducted with consultation from the Jewish Federation of North America’s Mandel Center for Leadership Excellence.

Sonduck, who lives in La Jolla with his partner David Zeligson, has been interim president and CEO since March 2012. Sonduck has been associated with the federation since 2004, as a consultant, director of strategic implementation and as chief operating officer.

Before working for the federation, Sonduck led a management consulting practice for 25 years focusing on the role of leadership in strategic change.
His clients included business, government and non-profit leaders. He is an author and public speaker. Sonduck has been active as a synagogue board member and led strategic planning activities for several synagogues and Jewish organizations.

“The Jewish Federation of San Diego is honored and delighted that Michael Sonduck has accepted the position of president and CEO of our Federation. As interim CEO for the past 10 months, we were fortunate to observe Michael’s skills in many areas especially in helping us forge a new purpose and strategy for our federation and building improved relationships with our partners and donors,” said Claire Ellman, board chair.

“We are so fortunate that his seven years prior experience with our Federation afforded us the added benefit of a smooth transition. Michael possesses the leadership, vision and enthusiasm that will move us to the next level in our community.”

Sonduck is a graduate of George Williams College.

About the Jewish Federation of San Diego County

The Jewish Federation of San Diego County is dedicated to building a vibrant and inclusive local Jewish community, and to enhancing the well-being of Jews in San Diego, Israel and throughout the world. As one of more than 150 Federations in North America and part of the Jewish Federations of North America, the Jewish Federation of San Diego County has helped to build one of the most impressive charitable networks in the world.