Ms. Finkelstein has close to two decades of experience in the fields of program management, communications, market research and community service. She has worked as a teacher, manager, director and community organizer for multiple philanthropic, political and educational based organizations. Most recently she directed philanthropic resources, managed programs and developed social media strategies at New Israel Fund, Full Circle Fund and the San Francisco based JCF and Endowment Fund. She currently works at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Nursing as the Interim Director of Alumni Relations.
Prior to living and working in San Francisco, Ms. Finkelstein served as a close adviser to United States Congressman, Jared Polis. As the Founding Executive Director of the Jared Polis Foundation she created a diversified philanthropic strategy that Rep. Polis continues to rely on today. Together with Congressman Polis she managed a staff of 20, administered grants to community programs, and managed the creation of three unique public charter schools as well as four nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organizations.
Having grown up working in her family’s home decorating retail stores, she knows how to work hard while maintaining focus on a constantly evolving big picture. She recently completed the Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership San Francisco program, received a BA from the University of Oregon and earned a Master’s Degree in Nonprofit Management from Regis University. In her spare time she consults with companies on improving everyday social media practices, babysits to support her global wanderlust, teaches religious school and spoils her nieces.