Thursday, Nov. 1, the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh announced the promotion of Alexis Polakoff to the position of director of Community Campaign. The Federation’s Campaign, which raised $13.675 million last year, provides significant funding to Pittsburgh Jewish agencies and supports Jewish causes worldwide.
“I am honored to take on this role. I look forward to deepening my relationships in the community and helping the Federation support Pittsburgh’s incredible agencies and programs.”Alexis Polakoff, Campaign Director
A relative newcomer to Pittsburgh, Polakoff joined the Jewish Federation as development officer about a year ago. “We are thrilled about Alexis’s promotion to director of Community Campaign,” commented Brian Eglash, the Federation’s senior vice president and chief development officer. “She has done an outstanding job running the day-to-day operations of the Campaign over the last five months, and her prior development experience positioned her well for the vitally important role she will play in the Pittsburgh community.”
Polakoff’s nonprofit experience includes serving as director of The Lab School Fund, Washington, D.C., and managing events and event fundraising at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. She has recruited, trained and led volunteer fundraisers and overseen all aspects of stewardship.
Polakoff — who enjoys hiking and cooking — holds a master’s degree in psychology from New York University and attended Carnegie Mellon University as an undergraduate. “While attending school in Pittsburgh,” Polakoff reflects, “I discovered that the city offers so much. Pittsburgh is a wonderful place to live and work, and I hope my professional contributions enrich an already thriving community.”