Jewish National Fund will have a new co-president of its Atlanta-based Southeast board of directors.

Howard Wexler

Howard Wexler

Lawyer Howard Wexler will succeed Alan Lubel and join Alan Wolk as the area’s top lay leaders for JNF, the organization announced Wednesday, Sept. 9.

“We are thrilled that Howard has chosen to take the helm in advancing JNF’s commitment to the land and people of Israel,” Southeast Regional Director Beth Gluck said. “He is a strategic thinker, a hard worker, and dedicated to Israel’s security, prosperity and sustainability. People respect him and are eager to work with him.”

Wexler has worked with several nonprofit organizations in Atlanta, including the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces and the Jewish Educational Loan Fund. He has selected films and served on the steering committee of the Atlanta Jewish Film Festival. As a volunteer with Jewish Family & Career Services, he helped refugee families from Iraq and Eritrea become acclimated to life in Atlanta.

“JNF took an idea and helped make it into the homeland for Jews everywhere,” Wexler said. “Today, JNF continues to nurture Israel and help it reach its full potential. I want to do what I can to make Israel a better place for everyone who lives there and for those who want to visit. I can think of no better way to do this than to assist JNF.”

Wexler lives in Sandy Springs with his wife, Sharon. They have two adult children, Emily and Julie, who live with their families in Chicago.

Wexler is a native of Erie, Pa. He received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois and earned his law degree and his master’s in tax law from Emory University.

His professional career has focused on legal and management roles in the financial services industry. He was general counsel and chief operating officer of American Security Insurance Group and chief executive officer of ALAC. He left Atlanta for about five years after being recruited in 2002 to serve as general counsel and managing director of Balboa Insurance Group in Irvine, Calif.