Diane Zall, the new director of Women’s Philanthropy of Milwaukee Jewish Federation, has a longtime and deep commitment to local Jewish community. Zall started Jan. 25.
She and her husband raised children in the Milwaukee Jewish community, including attendance at Milwaukee Jewish Day School. Zall has served on boards including for MJDS and Milwaukee Hillel. She served in lay leadership with Steve & Shari Sadek Family Camp Interlaken JCC in Eagle River.
“We raised our kids very much ingrained in the Jewish community,” Zall said. “We love the Jewish community. We love the support. We love the commitment. We love the friendship.”
Early in her career, Zall worked as an engineer for Harley-Davidson, having graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in industrial engineering and mathematics, and a master’s degree from University of California-Davis in mechanical engineering.
Now, she’s switched from a longtime lay leader role to serving the community as a local Jewish professional.
“I’ve had good role models, in my family and in the community and I think it’s important to continue role modeling for future generations,” she said. “Women lead our community with strong Jewish values and committed engagement. They help us build our culture of community.”
As director of Women’s Philanthropy, Zall leads an organization that seeks to empower women to become philanthropists. The organization is dedicated to providing women the knowledge to assert their power through philanthropic giving, the skills and confidence to assume positions of responsibility in their communities, and the opportunities to develop and enhance their personal networking and leadership skills.
Zall was vice president of development on Hillel Milwaukee’s executive board and managed its annual Game Night fundraiser for the past three years, bringing in upwards of $200,000 in revenue and attracting many new donors. She also served as the president of the Mequon-Thiensville School District‘s Parent/Teacher Organization.
The Bayside native, and her husband Eric, originally from Fox Point, raised four children in Jewish Milwaukee who are now all young adults.