MILWAUKEE – Hannah Rosenthal, CEO and president of Milwaukee Jewish Federation, said today that she would retire at the end the year.
Rosenthal, 66, made the announcement Wednesday, May 2. She said she was retiring to move back home to Madison, to spend more time with family there.
“It was hard to make this decision, but I’m missing watching Henry grow up,” Rosenthal said, referring to her first grandchild.
She said she sees great strength in the Federation, which will conduct a nationwide search for a new leader. “We have a great staff and I’m totally confident that they will make the transition go smoothly,” Rosenthal said.
Rosenthal came to the Federation as CEO and president in October of 2012. She brought an international presence to the Federation and worked to increase the nonprofit’s profile while growing resources and capacity.
Rosenthal previously served as the special envoy to monitor and combat anti-Semitism at the U.S. State Department. She also served as executive director of the Chicago Foundation for Women, the Jewish Council for Public Affairs and the Wisconsin Women’s Council.
“Together we have increased funding to the Jewish community, enhanced our connections with Israel, and renewed our focus on social justice,” Rosenthal said in a May 2 memo to Federation staff. “I look forward to continuing our work together through the end of the year.”