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Local gay leader appointed CEO of major non-profit

Michael M. Sonduck

SAN DIEGO – The Jewish Federation of San Diego County has appointed Michael M. Sonduck as president and chief executive officer, 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 the interim president and CEO since March of 2012.  Sonduck has been associated with the Federation since 2004, as a consultant, director of strategic implementation and as chief operating officer.

Prior to 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 a published author and accomplished public speaker. Sonduck has been active as a synagogue Board member and led strategic planning activities for several synagogues and Jewish organizations.

Claire Ellman, chair of the board commented, “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 ten 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. 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.


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1 Comment for “Local gay leader appointed CEO of major non-profit”

  1. I’m going to be 26 and have the fine lines around my eyes. It freaks me out. Yet another reason I’ve started eating a little cleaner over the last two years…

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