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Simon Greer taking reins at Cummings Foundation

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August 1, 2011 | 3:53 pm

Simon Greer, the president and CEO of the Nathan Cummings Foundation. Photo from Jewish Funds for Justice<br />

Simon Greer, the president and CEO of the Nathan Cummings Foundation. Photo from Jewish Funds for Justice

Simon Greer will become the president and CEO at the Nathan Cummings Foundation after serving in the same roles at Jewish Funds for Justice.

Greer, who has been at the helm of Jewish Funds for Justice since 2005, will succeed Lance Lindblom at the Cummings Foundation as of Jan. 1.

In its announcement Monday, the Cummings Foundation emphasized that the appointment of Greer, 42, is part of a “generational shift” of “innovative new executives who came of age during the modern technological revolution who continue to show profound respect and passion for the tradition of social justice.”

The foundation, which has an endowment of $440 million, describes its mission as “rooted in the Jewish tradition and committed to democratic values. It has provided grants to the New Israel Fund, American Jewish World Service, United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, the Progressive Jewish Alliance, the Union for Reform Judaism, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee and Jews United for Justice among others.

“It is a great honor to be able to help lead one of the most innovative foundations working to advance the values I believe in and with a track record of thought leadership and field building that is making a real difference,” Greer said.

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