Executive Staff


Barry Finestone

Barry Finestone
Executive Director

Barry Finestone joined the JCCSF as Executive Director in June 2010. Previously, he served as Executive Director of the dynamic, two-campus Isaac M. Wise Temple from 1999 through 2005, transforming its information technology systems and earning the Harris K. and Alice F. Weston Award for outstanding leadership, before becoming Executive Vice President of national retailer Jones the Florist/Sweets in Bloom. He was previously the National Associate Director of Hadassah/Young Judaea, a national youth movement with camps, conventions and college study programs throughout the United States and Israel. As a lay leader, he served on the Board of the Mayerson JCC in Cincinnati, as President of the Rockwern Academy Jewish Day School and on the endowment committee of the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati and Jewish Old-Aged Home. He holds a BS in Community Education from Jordanhill College of Education in Glasgow, Scotland, his original home.

Barry is an avid sports fan who loves football (the real kind that uses a round ball) and plans to watch his beloved Chicago Cubs win a World Series in his lifetime. He and his wife, Ellen, have three children: Gabrielle, Ethan and Mia.


Todd Braman

Todd Braman
Chief Operating Officer

Todd Braman joined the JCCSF in February of 2010, just in time to enroll his toddler in the Center's preschool the following year! His work as a Jewish communal professional began in 1998 as the Youth and Family Director at the Peninsula Jewish Community Center (PJCC), then in Belmont, CA. Over the next ten years, he oversaw the development of significant new and expanded program areas as the PJCC opened its present site in Foster City, CA. His work culminated with his placement as Associate Executive Director in 2008.

A long-time resident of San Francisco with a master's degree in education from Harvard University, Todd worked on a wide variety of community-based education projects with SF institutions including the Exploratorium, the San Francisco School and several youth development programs in the Tenderloin district. Most recently, Todd was Program Officer with the Koret Foundation, managing the Jewish Peoplehood and Israel portfolios. He is particularly pleased to be working for an agency that offers opportunities for engagement with Jewish life and other enrichment programs that are welcoming to all.   


Adrian Breitfeld

Adrian Breitfeld
Chief Financial Officer



Originally from Montevideo, Uruguay, where he obtained his certification as a public accountant, Adrian started his career in the Jewish communal world at Jewish Family Services of Los Angeles (JFSLA). During his tenure at JFSLA he was involved in all aspects related to financial management and business development, spending three years as their business enterprise manager before taking on the role of controller. In 2011 he was recruited by the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund of San Francisco as its controller and spent two years restructuring a department of 17 members while streamlining operations and financial reporting of a $1.7 billion organization. Adrian holds an MBA from the University of Southern California and Master in Jewish Communal Service from Hebrew Union College.

Adrian is an avid basketball fan who can often be found watching his beloved Lakers on TV (especially during playoffs) – and he can't believe his good luck to have a 10,000-square-feet gymnasium just steps from his office door. He and his wife Andrea have two children: Liam and Mili.


Rachel Brodie

Rachel Brodie
Chief Jewish Officer

In the summer of 2011 Rachel Brodie was appointed Chief Jewish Officer (CJO) of the JCCSF. Prior to that, Rachel was a cofounder and Executive Director of Jewish Milestones. Her work in both settings reflects her commitment to nothing less than a revitalization of Jewish life in North America in the twenty-first century and nothing more than empowering all Jews to take an active role in creating a meaningful relationship with their heritage.

Rachel has taught Jewish literature, history and ethics at a wide variety of Bay Area institutions, serves as a scholar-in-residence around the country and facilitates many non-synagogue-based Jewish lifecycle rituals each year. She is not a rabbi (she doesn’t even play one on television).

A New Yorker by birth and temperament, Rachel settled in the Bay Area in 1997 after spending a year in Israel on a Melton Senior Educator's Fellowship at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She holds a MA in Rabbinic Literature from The Jewish Theological Seminary of America and a BA in Literature and History from Brown University. Rachel lives in Berkeley with her de facto “bashert” and their two de jure daughters.


Ben Doyle

Ben Doyle
Chief Digital Officer

Ben Doyle has made a career of working with multidimensional websites in an effort to make them more flexible and responsive both to targeted community demands as well as to changing market forces. He has lead teams of managers, developers, designers, marketing teams and creative staff; managed large scale IT and web projects and facilitated the development of online user communities for over a decade. In 2008, Ben joined the JCCSF as the Online Product Manager and was later asked to head the newly minted Media and Technology department as its Director.

Born and raised on the East Coast, Ben has resided in the Bay Area long enough to comfortably describe it as “home.” He is an active and dedicated father to three girls, including twins. He earned his MA in Communication Disorders from California State University – Los Angeles. It is his greatest hope that someday he will be able to figure out how to bring his occupational professional management and leadership talents to bear on his parenting style so his children actually begin listening to him and (at least occasionally) doing what he says.


Nathaniel Bergson-Michelson

Nathaniel Bergson-Michelson
Director of Strategic Marketing and Communications

Nathaniel Bergson-Michelson is the JCCSF’s Director of Strategic Marketing and Communications. A native San Franciscan, he spent most of his childhood in Sacramento, where his family belonged to the historic Congregation B’nai Israel. Like many Californians, he traveled far afield before returning home – first to Harvard University at 16, then to Tokyo, where for several years he did public relations work for top Japanese Government officials (and where he admits to twice falling asleep in the presence of the Emperor). Since returning home, he has run editorial or marketing communications departments for an Internet startup, a telecommunications analyst firm and a top college textbook publisher.

In the six years since joining the JCCSF, Nathaniel has never had the same day twice at the JCCSF. He is fortunate to have lots of family close by and enjoying the JCCSF with him – he can often be seen at the Fitness Center with his dad, attending an Arts & Ideas performance with his wife or mom, picking up his sons or nephew from summer camp, checking in with his sister or brother-in-law at a JCRC or Wallenberg Club event at the JCCSF, or getting his morning coffee fix from the Café. An alumnus of the Staff Israel Seminar, he loves and admires Israel but explains, “To me, communities like the JCCSF are the true Zion, where Jewish life is at its most vibrant and unscripted, where history is both honored and challenged, and where the only people we ask about their parents are the three-year-old ballerinas running down the hall!”


Barbara Lane

Barbara Lane
Director of Arts & Ideas

Barbara Lane is a graduate of Stanford University and a former William Benton Junior Fellow at the University of Chicago. She has worked in print and broadcast media as a producer and on-air talent and has received an Emmy Award and New York Fill Festival gold award for her work in television. She has been at the JCCSF since May 2005. Lane says the JCCSF is a “happy, bustling place, a true community center and one with a solid sense of values.”

An avid yogi, she is certified to teach yoga but mostly likes to practice, especially with the excellent instructors at the JCCSF's Fitness Center. She has one son, Harry, who plays rugby at UC Berkeley despite the fact that she specifically asked for an artist/poet child. In the summer she eats tomatoes every single day. The empty nest, says Lane, truly rocks.


Chris Sundblad

Chris Sundblad
Director of Building Operations and Security

Chris Sundblad was born in Kansas and has been transplanted in the Bay Area for over four decades. His management career spans 30 years and includes General Manager of a Honda Motorcycle Dealership, Director of Plant Services, Construction Management, and for the last 19 years, serving the JCCSF. A father of three, grandfather of two (a third on the way!), Chris has been with his wife for 29 years, and enjoys the peaceful country life of his ranch property in the East Bay which boasts a small zoo of animals, including three horses, three dogs, two cats and two birds.

Chris' hobbies include long motorcycle rides with his wife, and playing on a local pool league. He is inspired by the work the JCCSF does on a daily basis and the human values that the JCCSF embraces, which mirror many of his own values. Chris sees the JCCSF as more than just a community center, and is moved by the deep connection that the JCCSF makes with its participants through the diverse programming that is offered, as well as the generosity of the community at large that makes it possible.


Lisa Wolf

Lisa Wolf
Human Resources Director

Lisa Wolf joined the JCCSF as Human Resources Director in 1998. Lisa received her BA in Oriental Studies/Modern Near East from the University of Pennsylvania, and holds Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification. Prior to joining the staff of the JCCSF, she worked in HR for several Bay Area nonprofit and for-profit organizations. Originally from the East Coast, Lisa has been living in San Francisco for 20 years, and was thrilled by the opportunity to work at a world-class JCC in a professional role that she enjoys. She especially loves working at the JCCSF because no matter how busy the day or how many emails there are to read, the mission of the Center is alive and kicking just footsteps outside her office door. For her, it is always a treat to walk down the hallways in the course of a day and encounter all of the JCCSF's constituents, from preschoolers and art students to athletes and patrons of the arts.

Lisa grew up in Norwalk, Connecticut, and has fond memories of summers spent at the Norwalk JCC. Outside of work, Lisa is an obsessive reader and likes to haunt used bookstores on the weekends. She and her family live in San Francisco, and enjoy traveling, hiking, visiting state and national parks, and keeping in touch with all of their far-flung relatives.


Amy Kaminer

Amy Kaminer
Senior Development Officer

Prior to joining the JCC, Amy Kaminer worked in development within the Jewish community for more than 25 years, first at Jewish Family and Children's Services in San Francisco and later at JFCS-East Bay where she served as Interim Director of Development. She received her BA in Anthropology from Grinnell College. She was first introduced to the JCC world growing up in the suburbs of Chicago where she attended swim lessons at the JCC and performed in many dramatic productions of their children's theater.

Amy loves the JCCSF for the diversity of programs and people it serves within the community and for the many ways it allows individuals to connect with their families and the wider community. She especially loves working to raise money for a place where she has such direct contact with the people and programs for which the money serves. Whenever she needs a reminder, she just walks down the hallway to see the happy faces of the kids in pink tutus getting ready for dance classes. When not working at the JCCSF, Amy stays on her toes navigating two boys through their teenage years and hiking Bay Area trails with her husband and their golden retriever, Rupert.