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Jvs Socal

 6505 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 200
 Los Angeles, CA 90048
[P] (323) 761-8888 x 8596
[F] (323) 761-8581
[email protected]
Jodi Doane
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Organization DBA Jewish Vocational Service
Former Names Jewish Vocational Service (2017)
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years No
Employer Identification Number 95-1691012 00000


Mission StatementMORE »

Building better lives, one job at a time, by empowering individuals to achieve dignity and economic independence through sustainable employment. 

Mission Statement

Building better lives, one job at a time, by empowering individuals to achieve dignity and economic independence through sustainable employment. 

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year 2019
Projected Expenses $25,538,590.00
Projected Revenue $25,375,139.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • America's Job Centers of California
  • JVSWorks
  • JVS Veterans First
  • Disability and Assessment
  • Welfare-to-Work programs - GAIN and GROW

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Mission Statement

Building better lives, one job at a time, by empowering individuals to achieve dignity and economic independence through sustainable employment. 

Background Statement

For nearly 90 years, JVS SoCal has been working to build better lives, one job at a time, by empowering individuals to achieve dignity and economic independence through sustainable employment. Working directly with government, education, employer/business, community- and faith-based partners, JVS SoCal develops a demand-driven pool of qualified workers trained in the right job at the right time so that businesses can innovate, compete and prosper in local, regional and global economies while workers of all ages can gain the skills and life-long learning/training opportunities needed to attain progressive competitive employment and economic security. JVS SoCal operations are supported by over 250 employees, more than 200 volunteers, and an organizational budget of more than $25,000,000. JVS SoCal serves nearly 50,000 customers annually across Southern California through twenty-two service sites. Primary populations include: veterans, reservists and eligible spouses; the working poor; high-risk, probation and foster youth; those receiving public assistance; those experiencing homelessness; the long-term unemployed; mature job seekers; dislocated workers; immigrants/refugees; and those living with disabilities. JVS SoCal programs take many approaches to reduce barriers to employment, close the skills gap and increase opportunities for job seekers so they may secure rewarding jobs with career mobility, build financial independence, support themselves and their families, and contribute to our communities. JVS programs and services focus on sustainable long-term strategies that make a real impact on individuals’ economic security. All services are provided at no cost to our participants, eliminating one additional barrier to personal and household stability.

Impact Statement

In 2017, JVS SoCal began overseeing operations of the first-ever Veterans AJCC (America’s Job Center of California) at Bob Hope Patriotic Hall in downtown Los Angeles. By 2018, JVS SoCal was operating 4 America’s Job Centers of California – in West L.A., Lancaster, Palmdale and at Patriotic Hall and serving nearly 50,000 people annually. In 2018, JVS SoCal also launched its HealthWorks® program in Long Beach and is expanding into the Orange County area. In 2019, JVS SoCal has expanded veterans services into the San Gabriel Valley and San Bernardino County. In the last year, JVS SoCal has also made targeted strides towards its five-year strategic plan, including an effort to serve 500 more women in targeted programs.

JVS SoCal’s 2022 goals, defined by our strategic plan, include: empowering job seekers in their transition to sustainable employment, forging connections and advocating policies that facilitate access to jobs and ensuring the efficiency, and effectiveness and viability of JVS SoCal through sound management and financial stewardship. To accomplish these goals, JVS SoCal will: Evaluate the viability of current programs and determine a plan to either expand, maintain, reduce or eliminate each program; Ensure that we are meeting the changing needs of our employer partners; Expand and deepen relationships with governmental entities at the municipal, county, state and federal levels; Explore strategic partnerships or acquisition of other non-profit or for-profit organizations; Report timely, accurate, clear, and complete financial information; Collect and report timely, accurate and comprehensive program data to track outcomes, highlight successes and help optimize agency impact; Increase and expand the diversification of all revenue streams; Create a plan to increase the JVS Reserve Account and the Endowment Fund to ensure available funds for future viability and expansion; Build upon existing activities to heighten and expand donor engagement and support.

Needs Statement

JVS SoCal would benefit from in-kind or low-cost accessible office space in northern Orange County as we expand services into the region. This will aide in outreach, engagement, partnership development and program implementation. JVS SoCal is also in need of additional healthcare and training provider partners in the Orange County area.

CEO Statement

JVS SoCal is committed to organizational expansion and sustainability. We do this through the braiding of public, private, philanthropic and corporate funds, allowing us to reach beyond the confines of an individual contract and provide enhanced services to best meet the needs of our customers. 

Board Chair Statement


Other Ways to Donate/Volunteer

Donations can be made online. JVS SoCal offers volunteer opportunities through several of our programs and at many locations. Individuals can volunteer as guest speakers, review resumes and/or participate in mock interviewing. Women interested in mentoring can join JVS SoCal’s WoMentoring program and serve as a mentor to another woman pursing a similar career path. The JVS SoCal Scholarship committee volunteers review scholarship applications for the over 250 individuals receiving JVS scholarships each year. Individuals can also join one of our donor groups including Emerging Leaders, the Women’s Leadership Network and our Ambassador Board.

Geographic Area Served

North Orange County
Central Orange County
West Orange County
JVS SoCal serves job seekers in Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino counties. As JVS SoCal continues its expansion into Orange County, it is invested in providing quality career training programs for low- to middle-income individuals.

Organization Categories

  1. Employment - Employment Preparation & Procurement
  2. Employment - Job Training
  3. Employment - Employment NEC



America's Job Centers of California

The four AJCC/WorkSource Center contracts operated by JVS SoCal and funded by the City and County of Los Angeles provide nearly 30,000 job seekers annually with intensive career and job search services. Customers work with a career coach and/or utilize self-service options that include access to computers, job listings, employer recruitment events, and job search and career readiness workshops. All AJCC services are available at no cost to our customers.  With their career coach, customers develop employment plans, revise resumes and improve interviewing and networking skills. Employer Business Services, also provided at no cost, include posting available positions and encouraging candidates to apply, holding industry-specific recruitment events and job fairs, screening candidates, and providing access to state funding for job training. AJCC customers are aged 16-70 and include the working poor, persons moving from welfare to work, and individuals with other barriers to employment.

Budget  7,077,800
Category  Employment, General/Other Job Search & Placement
Population Served Unemployed, Underemployed, Dislocated Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent At-Risk Populations
Program Short-Term Success  AJCC short-term success is determined by our AJCC contracts which include the number of adult job seekers enrolled (goal of 361), job placement (goal of 190), job retention at six months (goal of 73%), job seekers or employees attaining updated or new credentials to contribute to increased job performance and job satisfaction (goal of 60.9% fourth quarter after exit), and average earnings (goal of $5,157 second quarter after exit).
Program Long-Term Success  AJCC long-term success is determined by our AJCC contracts which include job retention at 12 months (goal of 73%), job seekers or employees attaining updated or new credentials to contribute to increased job performance and job satisfaction (goal of 60.9% fourth quarter after exit), and average earnings (goal of $5,157 second quarter after exit). 
Program Success Monitored By 

Completion of training is verified with the training provider. Job placement and retention at 6 and 12 months may be verified per the employees' hire letter, paycheck, CalJOBS database or telephone conversation with the individual. Our customers are placed into employment earning above minimum wage, into careers with opportunities for professional and income growth. Wages and earnings are also tracked in CalJOBS.

Examples of Program Success 

On January 11, 2018, I became homeless, and it was the saddest day of my life. I am a full-time working single mother of one. How was I going to explain to my daughter that we would no longer have a safe place to rest and lay our heads? No one in networks could offer assistance. Agencies I turned to for assistance did not follow up. I could not afford to continue paying for hotels or motels, so I made the difficult decision to sleep in my car and told my 9-year-old we would call it our “adventure”.  I chose to return to JVS SoCal, which had helped me two years ago to get my current job. I told my career coach about my situation and she connected me with an agency that could help me. I met the preliminary eligibility requirements and was placed into one of their temporary shelter facilities. They assisted me in finding permanent market rate housing after 90 days in their program. On July 1, 2019 I signed a one-year lease and me and my daughter were handed the keys to our new start.


JVSWorks® provides low- to moderate-income clients, 98% of whom face one or more barriers to employment, with proprietary career training in high-growth industries that offer income and professional growth. Training programs include BankWork$® (training in the financial services industry), HealthWorks® (training to earn licensure as a Certified Nurse Assistant) and ApartmentWorks® (participants earn the nationally-recognized Apartment Maintenance Technician certificate, using a curriculum created in partnership between JVS SoCal, the National Apartment Association and area property managers). Training is provided at no cost to the client and includes soft skills, technical skills, interviewing and networking skills and job placement assistance. Each program culminates in a graduation/job fair event where every graduate is interviewed by employer partners. This process greatly expedites the time from training to employment, with many graduates leaving the job fair with job offers.

Budget  1,540,505
Category  Employment, General/Other Job Training & Employment
Population Served Unemployed, Underemployed, Dislocated Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent At-Risk Populations
Program Short-Term Success 
Number of participants
Number of graduates
Number of graduates placed in to full-time employment
Number of individuals retaining employment at 6 and 12 months 


• Enroll 250 low- to moderate-income individuals facing barriers to employment

• Graduate 188 program participants (a 75% completion rate)

• Place 150 graduates into employment (an 80% placement rate)

• Provide job retention support that ensures 80% of our placed graduates remain on the job six months following hire

Program Long-Term Success 
Help low-income individuals begin what may be their first career, in a high-demand industry that offers income and professional growth trajectories. Distinguishing JVSWorks® programs from other training available in the marketplace is the close engagement JVS SoCal has developed with our employer partners. These partners work with JVS SoCal to keep our curricula relevant and eagerly consider for employment the pipeline of qualified applicants our programs produce. At program completion, all employer partners attend a formal graduation and job fair where they meet and interview our graduates for immediate job placement. Long-term success is seen through our commitment to maintain at least a 75% completion rate, 80% placement rate and 80% retention at six months post-hire. 
Program Success Monitored By 

Program success is monitored by the percentage of students who graduate, get placed into employment, and achieve six- and twelve-month job retention. Success is also monitored by the number of employer partners attending graduation/job fair events and attending the employer roundtables hosted by JVS SoCal. The roundtables are an opportunity for JVS SoCal to hear from our employer partners about their hiring and long-term retention needs so we can ensure our training curriculum reflects the latest industry trends and required skill sets.  

Examples of Program Success 

A recent graduate shared this update with her case manager:

I just got back from training at Ontario headquarters. It was great to meet the various department leaders- BSA, CRA, IT/Help Desk, Compliance. I enjoyed my time there! Things are getting busier at work. Some of the recent training I had was for the different systems [the bank] uses, for opening new accounts, signature cards, OFAC, wires, etc. So much to learn, but I am catching on and feel that I am in a good place/ career. I also study with the group at work for monthly tests in compliance, FDIC Ins., Funds Transfers.  I am managing my time well! I did pass my notary, state test, and just received the commission, so our office will now have 2 notaries! I still can't get over how much of the training/education we had at BankWork$ comes into play daily! Just knowing much of the basics of Regulations, Laws, products/ services, etc. has made it much easier to transition to banking. I hope the other students are doing well.

JVS Veterans First

JVS Veterans First began in 2010, recognizing the unique challenges veterans face when transitioning to civilian employment. Working in partnership with employers, training providers, government entities and nonprofit organizations, JVS Veterans First effectively addresses and alleviates multiple barriers to employment, providing customers with career guidance and job skills development, job search assistance and video resumes; enrolling them in vocational training when appropriate; facilitating employer networking opportunities, and providing job retention follow up, to help our veterans successfully launch their civilian career. Since JVS Veterans First was established, close to 2,000 veterans have received one-on-one career coaching; 460 veterans have completed vocational training; and 1,145 veterans have transitioned to meaningful employment.

Budget  1,400,000
Category  Employment, General/Other Job Search & Placement
Population Served Military/Veterans Unemployed, Underemployed, Dislocated
Program Short-Term Success 
  • Veterans complete into job training (when necessary) and/or career readiness workshops
  • Veterans are placed into unsubsidized employment
  • Those employed retain employment at 6 and 12 months post-hire 
Program Long-Term Success 

Indicators of long-term success include:

  • Individuals and families will build economic stability
  • Veterans will have greater connectivity with employers, resulting in more successful and expedited job searches
  • Veterans with industry recognized certifications will be better positioned to compete in today’s labor market and secure employment
  • Women Veterans will be provided with the opportunity to compete in male dominated employment industries


Program Success Monitored By 

JVS Veterans First has consistently met our program goals and objectives which are assessed throughout the year and are based on the number of veterans served, placed into employment and successfully completing vocational training; wage at placement; and retention rates at six- and twelve-months post-hire. This information is maintained in each veteran’s file and monitored program-wide using Salesforce. Completion of training is verified with the training provider and job placement and retention information is verified based on the veteran’s hire letter, paycheck, CalWORKs database or telephone conversation with the employer or veteran. We track the industries veterans are hired into, so we may continue to be responsive to labor market needs and ensure we are preparing our customers for sustainable careers with ongoing growth potential. 

Examples of Program Success 

I was referred to JVS SoCal Veteran Services by a partnering agency. I served in the Air Force for 4 years, 2 months as a Military Police Officer. After separating from the military, I had a hard time transitioning into civilian life. I found myself struggling to secure employment even with AA degrees in Criminal Justice and Network Administration. Prior to connecting with JVS SoCal, I was struggling to secure permanent housing while looking for employment, because I lacked experience and professional IT certifications.

JVS SoCal paid for a ten-week CompTIA A+ certification course through New Horizons, which included a job readiness workshop. I received help from my Career Coach who reviewed my resume to make sure it was strong and competitive. My work experience with a cable company positioned me for employment, and the IT certification made me even more marketable. When I was offered a job, I was able to negotiate a higher starting salary and am very happy with my new job.

Disability and Assessment

The Grossblatt Skills Assessment Center provides vocational rehab evaluations and work assessments for job seekers, including people with disabilities. Services are provided free of charge to low-income adults receiving public assistance. JVS SoCal is certified through the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities and is the only non-profit in Southern California that offers comprehensive vocational evaluations for the visually impaired. The evaluation includes assessments to identify transferable skills, evaluation of individual strengths and barriers, and identification of accommodations needed for the client to be gainfully employed.

Budget  430,826
Category  Employment, General/Other Job Search & Placement
Population Served People/Families with of People with Disabilities People/Families with of People with Physical Disabilities People/Families with People of Developmental Disabilities
Program Short-Term Success  The program expedites the time from job search to employment for individuals living with disabilities by conducting a comprehensive job readiness assessment, connecting individuals with individuals with necessary resources and supports, and providing referrals to employers that reflect the clients’ needs, abilities and interests.
Program Long-Term Success 

The Disability and Assessment Division provides job-seeking clients with the necessary evaluations and assessments to facilitate success in the workplace. We give our clients the tools to advocate for themselves with employers when they need accommodations in the workplace. Annually, the Disability and Assessment Department assists roughly 1400 clients with developing realistic career plans, helping to identify vocational training providers and facilitating payment for training through their Public Social Services or Department of Rehabilitation caseworker, holding mock interviews, arranging informational interviews with industry professionals that align with their career goals, and helping clients learn and practice how to advocate for themselves with employers about the accommodations they require to be successful at work. 

Program Success Monitored By  Meeting performance outcomes per contracts with the CA Department of Rehabilitation, foundation awards and individual donors.
Examples of Program Success 

When Andrew was referred to the JVS SoCal Assessment and Disability Division, he had mobility issues, was morbidly obese, and lacked feeling in his right forearm due to nerve damage resulting from a machete wound. At referral, he weighed 469 pounds; five months later he weighed just below 300 pounds and continues his weight loss. His long-time career in welding ended when the company was sold. He was not eligible for other welding jobs because he lacked the required certifications. He was referred to JVS SoCal by the CA Department of Rehabilitation to assess his ability for continued employment as a welder. A thorough evaluation and many discussions resulted in the recommendation that he not pursue welding due to safety barriers. He identified an interest in truck driving, explored requirements for driving school, and prepared himself to pass the required CalTrans physical. Later that month, he reported passing his physical, enrolling in school and preparing to return to work. 

Welfare-to-Work programs - GAIN and GROW

The Greater Avenues for Independence (GAIN) and General Relief Opportunity for Work (GROW) are L.A. County programs that provide employment-related services to CalWORKs recipients to help them find employment, stay employed, and move on to higher paying jobs. This will ultimately lead them to self-sufficiency and independence.

Both the GAIN and GROW programs conduct job fairs where highly motivated and qualified participants are available for interviews, evaluation and hiring on the spot. Participation in Job Fairs and other employer-related services is free for employers. GAIN and GROW offer candidates that are prepared and available for interviews on short notice. Applicants are pre-screened to meet employers’ needs.

Budget  $8,700,000
Category  Employment, General/Other Job Search & Placement
Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent Unemployed, Underemployed, Dislocated
Program Short-Term Success  More than 60% of clients attend vocational training to enhance their skills. The most popular sectors are General Education Studies, Business, Nursing and Social Work. More than 50 clients are placed into short-term paid internships each month and several of them are hired into permanent employment after completion of the internship. Many clients are hired into employment with L.A. County, and others are hired into area businesses and corporations.
Program Long-Term Success 

Case Managers focus on removing barriers to employment and offer solutions such as referrals to counseling for Domestic Violence, Substance Use and Mental Health services as well as homeless solution programs. Over 5,000 clients take advantage of these services annually. The annual employment goal is 33%.

Program Success Monitored By 
  • The percentage of clients attending vocational training or academic studies 
  • The percentage of clients employed
  • The percentage of clients participating in Job Readiness training
Examples of Program Success 

Jesse success story begins when Jesse became unemployed. After having no luck landing employment, he made the decision to apply for CalWORKs Cal Fresh. This also meant he would have to register for the GAIN Program which would help him find employment. Working with his caseworker, he refreshed his resume, learned new interview techniques, learned to apply for jobs online, and participated in job fairs and recruitment events. He was placed into a paid internship program and had strong employer reviews. Soon after, Jesse was hired by JVS SoCal into the clerical unit, all due to the impression he left during his internship placement. Jesse gives credit to his case management team for their support and motivation, including encouraging him to apply for his new job, believing he would be a good fit.


CEO/Executive Director Mr. Alan Levey
CEO Term Start Jan 2016
CEO Email [email protected]
CEO Experience

Alan Levey, JVS SoCal's Chief Executive Officer, joined the organization in January 2016 and brings more than thirty years’ success and progressive growth in fiscal management, philanthropy, personnel development and sustainable program expansion. He is an accomplished leader, overseeing and managing teams of 150 to 1000 individuals, across multiple states and regions. Mr. Levey has successfully managed multiple funding contracts simultaneously, contributing to an annual budget of $550 million with a philanthropy team that generated more than $100,000,000 in annual giving. At JVS SoCal, Mr. Levey has responsibility for many contracts providing substantially similar services, including: LA County REAS, LA County GAIN Regions II and VII, and LA County GROW. Under his leadership, JVS SoCal has grown its budget 20%; completed a strategic plan that resulted in organizational initiatives to expand services across southern California; serve 500 more women across the agency; and expand veteran services throughout the SoCal region.


Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
Vivian Seigel Jan 1996 Dec 2016

Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
Ms. Dionne Day Controller

Dionne Day has been the Controller for JVS SoCal since 2016, overseeing all financial operations, including supervision of the fiscal team. Ms. Day also develops, monitors and tests controls and is accountable for the Schedule of Federal Awards, amongst many other responsibilities. Dionne has supported the nonprofit sector in a finance capacity for nearly 20 years, holding other positions including the Director of Finance and Administration for the Coalition for Responsible Community Development and as the Controller of the Association House of Chicago. Over the course of her career, she has implemented multiple plans and policies to drive efficiency and transparency. Ms. Day holds an MBA in Accounting and Finance and a CNAP (Certified Nonprofit Accounting Professional) and currently teaches part-time at Los Angeles ORT College.

Mr. Mark Edwards Vice President of Government Relations

Mark R. Edwards is the Vice President of Government Relations for JVS SoCal. Prior to working for JVS SoCal, Mark had his own consulting firm providing advocacy, strategic communications, and campaign management for a variety of clients. He also co-created a leadership academy for a nonprofit and was a co-instructor and provided strategic communications and community engagement to ensure the development of a 100% affordable housing project in the City of West Hollywood targeted to seniors and Transition Age Youth.

His expertise was first honed-in the private sector while employed as an Associate for a leading land-use firm, where he specialized in land use entitlement issues and later serving as the Director of Government Relations for a premier boutique lobbying firm. In this capacity, Mark assisted clients with obtaining or maintaining nearly $250,000,000 in contracts with city and county governments. Mark also worked for the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority as a Planner. In this capacity, he was an integral member of a team that brought to completion the Bring Los Angeles Home Plan, a blueprint to significantly reduce the number of people who are homeless within ten-years. The project was a successful public-private partnership that involved managing a broad and diverse coalition of stakeholders.

Mark is involved with and committed to community. He served in the United States Marine Corps and was honorably discharged. He was instrumental, as part of a team of community leaders, in the creation of the Hollywood United Neighborhood Council. He served three years as a Board Member of Homeless Healthcare Los Angeles, a dynamic, and progressive, not-for-profit agency that effectively works to improve the health of people who are homeless through direct services, education and advocacy, working with fellow board members and the executive director to navigate us through a horrible economic downturn. Mark served on the board of Barnsdall Art Park Foundation Board, where he served as chair for two years. Presently, Mark serves on the Board of Governors for the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.

Ms. Kim Fedrick Vice President Programs

Kim Fedrick, Vice President of Programs at JVS SoCal, has been with the agency since 2001.  She served as Director of Grants before becoming VP of program in 2019.  Kim has over 10 years of experience successfully securing government and foundation grants in support of workforce development,  expanding program services for veterans and re-entry, and working closely with our staff and partners to achieve program impact. Prior to joining JVS SoCal, Kim worked for the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago managing their refugee services program. Kim received her Master's Degree in Social Work from the University of Chicago/SSA and her Bachelor Degree in Psychology from Wellesley College.

Mr. Ted Feldman Chief Administrative Officer

With more than 30 years of business experience in several different service disciplines- securities, retail, staffing and technology services- Ted Feldman has served as the founder, senior executive, advisor and or board member of start-ups, turnarounds, and multi-billion-dollar publicly-held companies.

From 2013- March 2017, Ted served as the Chief Executive Officer of Windward Systems, Inc; a reinvented Technology Staffing service providing Technology Professionals for software development, Q/A and testing, and BPO (business process outsourcing) to digital agencies, middle market companies, and staffing companies purely offshore and remotely.

In 1990, after serving as President and owner of a multiple unit specialty retail operation, Feldman founded and was the CEO for Human Resources/HRA Staffing Services, and merged HRA into StaffMark, Inc. in 1996. Ted then served as the Chief Operating Officer for newly founded StaffMark, Inc. (NASDAQ: STAF), a global provider of staffing, consulting, and solution services that grew to 330 offices in 32 states and 14 countries, and revenue grew from 150 million to 1.2 billion. StaffMark consisted of 5 operating divisions in general staffing, accounting, information technology, legal, and healthcare. He was instrumental in StaffMark’s IPO in 1996 as well as the acquisition and operational integration of more than 40 companies. Additionally, in 2001 Ted was instrumental in raising $10.87 million in venture capital and building the infrastructure of HCCA Int’l, an international healthcare nurse-staffing provider. From 2003-2013, Ted was Co-founder and Managing Director of Endgame Advisors, LLC, providing consulting, advisory, and merger and acquisition services to owners of middle market companies.

Ted has served on the Board of Directors of public companies as well as industry trade associations, including as Chairperson of the Audit Committee.  He continues to serve on Boards of private as well as not-for-profit organizations, currently LA Boys & Girls Club and Jewish Vocational Service, Los Angeles. Ted is a graduate of Washington University.

Ms. Claudia Finkel Chief Operating Officer

During her 29 year tenure with JVS, Claudia Finkel has helped JVS grow to a $25 million organization with a staff of nearly 300. She is the executive in charge of all staff and agency services. Claudia is responsible for securing funding for these services, meeting with state and county representatives, lobbying Sacramento and developing new programs to meet the needs of Los Angeles’ ever-changing population. She is also responsible for the oversight of the 4 America's Job Centers of California operated by JVS SoCal.

Claudia studied at California State University, Northridge with the aim of being a social worker. Following stints at Hughes Aircraft, she returned to CSUN, emerging from the university with a Masters in Counseling. Claudia needed an internship and a friend suggested JVS SoCal, and Claudia joined the agency doing job development, employment matches and job placement out of a trailer at the JCC’s Milken campus in West Hills.

Claudia has made a difference in the lives of countless women through JVS SoCal's innovative WoMentoring program. A concept created by Finkel, WoMentoring™ reaches out to disadvantaged, in-transition women in Los Angeles to help them successfully enter the workforce. Participants include single mothers, women on welfare, recent divorcees and professionals from organizations like Union Bank, the Los Angeles City Council. She was also instrumental in JVS SoCal's effort to acquire the Career Planning Center and to get the facility licensed as a computer skills training school with the Bureau of Post-Secondary Education.

Licensed as a career counselor by the National Board of Certified Counselors, Claudia is also a Registered Career Counselor. She is the past president of the California Career Development Association and on the executive board of the International Career Development Conference. She is an adjunct faculty member at her alma mater, CSUN.

Mr. Randy Lapin Senior Vice President Philanthropy

Randy has over 30 years of experience in fundraising. Once honored by former L.A. Mayor Richard Riordan with a Certificate of Appreciation foroutstanding efforts and accomplishments which have been of great benefit to the City of Los Angeles” and noting he was the youngest person to serve as Chairman of the Board of the Child and Family Guidance Center, Randy has dedicated himself to making his community and beyond the best it can be.

For 12 years, Randy has served as Senior Vice President of Philanthropy at JVS SoCal. Prior to joining JVS, Randy had a very successful 13-year career at City of Hope, and prior to that at Jewish Big Brothers. As both a member of an Executive Leadership Team and through his volunteer service on various Boards and Associations, Randy has advanced his philosophy of building long term donor relationships firmly atop a bedrock of trust and mutual respect.

Randy also has extensive training and experience in both marketing and advertising. He holds two United States Patents, 1 patent in the United Kingdom and 1 U.S. trademark.

When asked what is the most gratifying part of his Development work, Randy notes, “I find the most rewarding part of my career is when I get to build relationships with caring, compassionate and generous people who have the capacity and desire to make a difference and I match them up with a partnership opportunity the organization is seeking fulfill. It becomes a win-win for all involved.”  

Outside of JVS, for 3 and a half years, Randy has served as Co-President of the Jewish Communal Professionals Association of Southern California and Chairs its Fundraiser’s Forum series. Randy is also a volunteer tutor with School on Wheels working with homeless children.

Mr. Neal Mendelsohn Chief Strategy Officer As Chief Strategy Officer for JVS SoCal, Neal Mendelsohn guides strategic initiatives, oversees marketing, communications, and philanthropy efforts for the organization. Prior to JVS SoCal, he was the Chief Marketing Officer for Banc of California and managed the rebranding of the bank after multiple acquisitions. Additionally, he was the CMO of CS Financial, which was acquired by Banc of California, and the CEO and Creative Director of two advertising agencies, Fourth Wall and Critical Mass.
Ms. Katherine Moore Senior Vice President Communications Before transitioning to the nonprofit world, Katherine enjoyed a 20-year career in the entertainment industry. As a member of The Publicists Guild of IATSE Local 600, she worked as a unit publicist on dozens of feature films before becoming a VP at Columbia Pictures where she oversaw feature marketing and release campaigns. She later served as National Director of Communications for the Screen Actors Guild, where she was deeply involved in collective bargaining and multiple legislative initiatives, including incentives to reduce runaway production. For the past 16 years, she has headed up Marketing and Communications for JVS SoCal, a regional nonprofit leader in workforce development. Throughout her career, Katherine has balanced her day job with active involvement in political and social justice campaigns. She has volunteered on electoral campaigns, led human rights delegations to Central America, served on nonprofit boards and produced benefits for numerous charities. 
Ms. Patricia Robinson Vice President Human Relations

Patricia Robinson serves as JVS SoCal's Vice President of Human Relations. Patti brings over 20 years of executive HR experience, strategic leadership and expertise in a diverse range of industries. She was the Division VP for Universal Motion Pictures Group and Head of HR at E! Entertainment and Universal Music Group. For the past 13 years, she served as Head of HR at KBRwyle, a government services contractor for the Department of Defense and NASA.




Award Awarding Organization Year
Seal of Distinction Call of Duty Endowment 2016


Affiliation Year
United Way Member Agency 2019

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF) - Employment and Community Services - 3 Year Accreditation 2019


San Gabriel Veterans Employment Committee
LA Economic Development Corporation
Refugee Forum of Greater Los Angeles
Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce
Catholic Charities

Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 292
Number of Part Time Staff 2
Number of Volunteers 201
Number of Contract Staff 278
Staff Retention Rate % 75%
Staff Professional Development Yes

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 51
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 14
Caucasian: 101
Hispanic/Latino: 83
Native American/American Indian: 1
Other: 44
Other (if specified): Unknown/Declined to State
Gender Female: 227
Male: 67
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? --
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Management Succession Plan Yes
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Business Continuity of Operations Plan Yes

Risk Management Provisions

Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes

Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Semi-Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Semi-Annually

Government Licenses


CEO Comments


Foundation Comments



Board Chair Mr. Harris Smith
Board Chair Company Affiliation University of Southern California
Board Chair Term Jan 2016 - Dec 2019
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Ronny Bensimon Dearden's Furniture Voting
Joel Berman Elkins Kalt Weintraub Reuben Gartside LLP Voting
Eileen Coskey Fracchia The El Camino Group, LLC Voting
Sharon Darnov Darnov Family Limited Partnership Voting
Micah DeKofsky Grant Thornton LLP Voting
Leland Felsenthal Public Identity Voting
John Goldsmith Metropolis Voting
Samantha Haugh Banc of California Voting
Jim Hausberg Hightower Los Angeles Voting
Charles Hill City National Bank Voting
Jonathan Karp Thompson Coburn, LLP Voting
Christopher Kelly Loeb & Loeb, LLP Voting
Jason Kravitz Mortgage Capital Associates, Inc. Voting
Steven Lotwin Capital Group Voting
Jeffrey Paul Entrepreneur Voting
Matthew Paul Realtor/Investment Property Specialist Voting
Rick Powell Businessman, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist Voting
Thomas Schiff Schiff Capital Investments Voting
Steven Seigel Qualified Billing & Collections, LLC Voting
Sabrina Shadi Baker & Hostetler LLP Voting
Harris Smith University of Southern California Voting
Vivian Soren-Myers Dolphin Capital Holdings, Inc. Voting
David Wimmer Swerdlow Florence Sanchez & Wimmer Voting
Matt Zarcufsky Nonprofit Executive Consultant Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Additional Board Members and Affiliations

Name Company Affiliations Status
Judith Felsenthal Community Volunteer --
Richard Foos Shout! Factory --
Rob Galperson Sales & Merchandising, Gertmenian --
Marshall Geller Scfinvestments --
Abner Goldstine Retired --
Steven Hirsh Property Manager/Philanthropist --
Adrienne Horwitch Community Volunteer --
Fred Kunik AFEX --
Pearle Rae Levey Real Estate --
James Maslon Retired --
Steve Moritz Sotheby�s International Realty --
David Nikayin Orbit Electric --
Rick Powell Ashjer LLC. --
Susan W. Robertson Retired --
Judy Rosenberg Nonprofit Consultant --
W. Michael Rosenberg Intrepid Investment Bankers --
Jamie Rudman Sanchez & Amador --
Jack Suzar Belair Investment Advisors --
A. Charles Wilson -- --

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 25
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 1
Other (if specified): Persian
Gender Female: 7
Male: 20
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 58%
Written Board Selection Criteria --
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy --
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 10%
Board Orientation Yes

CEO Comments


Foundation Comments


Standing Committees

  • Audit
  • Board Governance
  • Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
  • Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
  • Executive
  • Finance
  • Human Resources / Personnel
  • Nominating
  • Program / Program Planning
  • Scholarship


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2017 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2019 to Dec 31, 2019
Projected Revenue $25,375,139.00
Projected Expenses $25,538,590.00
Form 990s

2017 JVS 990

2016 JVS 990

2015 JVS 990

Audit Documents

2017 JVS Audit

2016 JVS Audit

2015 JVS Audit

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Revenue $21,821,434 $19,444,303 $16,872,123
Total Expenses $20,210,785 $17,858,410 $17,180,376

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Revenue By Revenue Source
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$3,650,875 $3,596,561 $2,696,111
Government Contributions $17,285,360 $13,655,715 $12,735,104
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified $17,285,360 $13,655,715 $12,735,104
Individual Contributions -- -- --
Indirect Public Support -- $88,488 $65,816
Earned Revenue $168,034 $1,217,187 $303,086
Investment Income, Net of Losses $172,888 $167,594 $210,846
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events $471,689 $669,439 $715,948
Revenue In-Kind $72,588 $49,319 $145,212
Other -- -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Expense By Type
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Program Expense $16,218,459 $14,697,472 $14,857,508
Administration Expense $2,956,332 $2,481,191 $1,623,830
Fundraising Expense $1,035,994 $679,747 $699,038
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.08 1.09 0.98
Program Expense/Total Expenses 80% 82% 86%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 5% 4% 4%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Total Assets $15,704,478 $12,722,098 $11,943,730
Current Assets $7,326,108 $5,475,277 $3,775,161
Long-Term Liabilities -- -- --
Current Liabilities $2,479,921 $2,002,744 $1,904,253
Total Net Assets $13,224,557 $10,719,354 $10,039,477

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 2.95 2.73 1.98

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2017 2016 2015
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% 0%
Endowment Value $5,760,693.00
Spending Policy Percentage
Percentage(If selected) 5%
Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Purpose --
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No

CEO Comments


Foundation Comments

Summary financial data is per the audited financials and Form 990s and consultation with the organization. Foundation/corporate and individual contributions are combined under Foundation and Corporation Contributions.


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