Scott Kaufman, after a decade of volunteer leadership at the Detroit Federation, joined the professional team in 2007 and became CEO in 2009. Prior to his appointment as Federation’s CEO, Scott was Director of Strategic Initiatives. Scott had been actively involved with Federation as a lay leader for over 10 years. From 1998 to 2001, he spearheaded Federation’s Young Adult Mission to Israel Initiative. He has served in numerous leadership roles including helping to conceptualize and develop Federation’s Grosfeld Leadership Program, a program designed to cultivate the next generation of community leadership. As president of Federation’s Young Adult Division (YAD), Kaufman invigorated the organization by recruiting and retaining new volunteers.
He has been a member of the boards of the Jewish Federation and United Jewish Foundation of Metropolitan Detroit, the Jewish Community Center and the Fresh Air Society. He has served as co-chair of YAD’s Ben Gurion Society and has been instrumental in the development and management of Federation’s Millennium Campaign for Jewish Life Funds geared towards young adults.
Kaufman has also been a member of the United Jewish Communities Young Leadership Cabinet, and was national co-chair of the 2001 Young Adult CommUNITY Mission to Israel, for which Detroit made up a third of the participants. He has led 20 Federation and UJC missions including a 2008 family mission to celebrate Israel’s 60th year.
He has been recognized for his outstanding leadership and innovation as recipient of various awards including the 2008 Pappas Innovative Idea Award, given annually to the Federation professional who originates and executes the best new idea; 2005 Frank A. Wetsman Award, Federation’s highest honor for young male leadership; and 2001 Mark Family Young Leadership Award, awarded to the emerging leader making the largest impact on Federation.