Dave Swartz Returns as Chair of the Board of Directors
We only live once – but, occasionally, we are lucky enough to have certain special experiences a second time. Just ask Dave Swartz, who on January 1 assumed his position as chair of the Jewish Home’s board of directors for another, encore performance.
“I am delighted to be back – though I never really left,” says Swartz, whose previous term as chair ran from 2008 to 2010 and who has remained active on the board ever since. “There is no place like the Jewish Home, and anybody who comes here and sees the work being done is amazed by our programs and services.”
Swartz has a distinguished history of philanthropic involvement, both at the Home and in the broader community (he is also past president and a current board member of Jewish Big Brothers of Los Angeles). He first got to know the Home through his mother, who spent 12 years as a resident and loved every minute of it. “She worked her whole life,” he says. “Coming to the Home gave her a quality of life she never had before. It was the first time she didn’t have to work and be responsible for herself or others.”
During his tenure at the Home, Swartz has served in a wide variety of roles in addition to board chair, including vice chair of the board, chair of the Budget and Finance Committee, secretary and chair of the Board Development Committee, and as a member of the Executive Committee. He was also instrumental in moving the Gonda Healthy Aging Westside Campus forward. It’s an impressive – and enduring –commitment to an organization that has positively impacted his life. “I believe in giving back,” he says. “Getting involved is my way of thanking the Home for everything it has done for my family, my mother, and our community.”
As he surveys the current healthcare landscape, Swartz is full of enthusiasm about helping the Home innovate into the future. “[CEO-President] Molly Forrest is never out of ideas for new programs and leading-edge services, and her leadership has brought us to where we are today,” he says. He hopes to build on the Home’s past track record of success, expanding community-based services that can reach as broad a constituency as possible. “Most seniors would rather be in their own homes receiving services,” he points out. “The Home is uniquely suited to meeting their needs in their own, comfortable environments.”
For her part, Forrest is thrilled to have another opportunity to collaborate with Swartz. “Dave is really a tour-de-force in terms of marshaling resources and getting things done,” she says. “We’re lucky to have him, and I know the entire board feels the same way.”
Among his mandates, Swartz – a consultant who provides business advisory services to middle market companies and a retired partner of the highly-regarded accounting firm Cohn Reznick LLP – plans to prioritize ensuring the Home’s long-term financial health. “The mothers, fathers, grandmothers, and grandfathers of our community need us,” he says. “Seventy-five percent of our population is on welfare and related programs, and providing for them requires securing enough resources.” It is, he notes, a big challenge – one that the Jewish Home must meet. “Seniors are relying on us,” he says, “and our community has what it takes to get the job done.”