Jacobson replaces Alan Wolk, who served three years as Atlanta co-president and recently joined JNF’s national board as a presidential adviser and member of the audit committee.
“Michael joins an incredible team of volunteers, led by Howard,” said Beth Gluck, the executive director of JNF’s Greater Atlanta Region. “The two of them are already working towards achieving our vision that is transforming the southern and northern areas of Israel with new communities, economic opportunities and infrastructural improvements.”
Jacobson has spent a decade on the JNF Atlanta board. He was honored at the 2017 Sam P. Alterman Memorial Golf Tournament for his leadership in the Jewish community and his longtime support of JNF.
With degrees from the University of North Carolina and Georgia State University, Jacobson has more than 30 years’ experience in strategic planning, finance, business and marketing. He is married to Barbara Frank and has a daughter who is a senior at the University of Georgia.
“I am very excited to be taking the helm with Howard at such a significant time in Jewish National Fund’s history and in Israel’s development,” Jacobson said.
JNF has raised $460 million in the first four years of a 10-year, billion-dollar campaign. Wolk now is playing a part in that effort at the national level.
“Alan believes in the principle of ‘leaders lead’ and takes his role seriously, inspiring others to step up their commitments to JNF,” Gluck said.
“Jewish National Fund’s unprecedented plan for Israel’s future focuses on connecting all generations to the land and people of Israel while also implementing unique long-term projects,” Wolk said. “These initiatives improve the quality of life for all the people of Israel and ensure a brighter future for our homeland.”