The foundation announced Finkel’s appointment Thursday, Dec. 15, after a board meeting in New York. Finkel has been a member of the Covenant board since 2006 and received the Covenant Award in 1999.
The Covenant Foundation provides grants that support Jewish educational and community-building programs.
Finkel has worked in Jewish education for over 30 years. After her 20 years at Epstein, where enrollment grew strongly while she was the head of school, Finkel became a member of the Jewish Day School Leadership Institute at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York, where she mentored hundreds of new day school leaders from across the country. Finkel also spent eight years as a senior consultant at the Partnership for Excellence in Jewish Education, where she provided management coaching to over 175 schools.
“We are very pleased to welcome Cheryl as incoming board chair,” said Barbara Goodman Manilow, the president of the Covenant Foundation. “Cheryl is a luminary in the field who has invested tirelessly in the mentorship and professional development of her teachers and has been committed to sparking the light of Jewish wisdom in the minds and hearts of all the children she has taught. We are confident that Cheryl’s experience will serve our board well.”
Finkel succeeded Eli Evans, who held the position of board chairman for 22 years and who remains on the Board as chair emeritus.
Evans, a former senior executive with the Carnegie Corp. of New York and the first president of the Charles H. Revson Foundation, is a well-known Southern historian and author. Evans helped envision the program of grants and awards that became the backbone of the foundation.