Shalom Elcott | Masa Israel

Shalom Elcott

North American CEO (New York City)

Shalom specializes in the creation and management of start-up philanthropic endeavors, developing synergies that help foundations, high net worth families, and philanthropists implement their visions. He has worked with a broad international array of funders, foundations and organizations on all aspects of philanthropy. Two of his proudest achievements are The Children's Memorial at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem for the Spiegel Family and The Tel Aviv Cinematheque for the Municipality of Tel Aviv.

Most recently, Shalom created a national STEM Education Initiative in Israel for The Henry and Susan Samueli Foundation, developed the B2T Sustainability Project for YK Center in the US, Europe, Africa and Armenia,  and co-created the new Meaningful Influencers Platform for Lifestyles Magazine where he serves as Vice Chairman.

Previously, Shalom served for a decade as President and CEO of Jewish Federation and Family Services in Orange County California, as Director of the American and International Committees for the Tel Aviv Foundation, and as Cofounder and Director of the Israel Air Force Center & the Fisher Institute for Air Power.

In 1997, Shalom relocated to Israel to create the United Way of Israel (Matan -Your Way to Give) a vision of Israeli businesswomen and philanthropist Shari Arison, which has raised and distributed millions of dollars and generated hundreds of thousands of volunteer hours across the country. Upon the death of Ted Arison, Shalom assumed the Presidency of the Ted Arison Family Foundation and helped build its infrastructure and funding models.

Shalom and his wife Robin, with whom he founded Index LLC, have four children and three grandchildren.