Professional Staff

Wendy Arenson

Executive Director

Wendy has been an active member of our local Jewish community for many years, and she brings her legal expertise and enthusiasm for improving and sustaining our local and global community to our Foundation. After completing her undergraduate degree at UC Irvine where she became a Phi Beta Kappa and was presented the Community Service Award, Wendy attended Loyola Law School and interned for the Western Law Center for Disability Rights. Starting out as a prosecutor in Los Angeles, she worked on variety of high-profile and public felony cases both at the District Attorney’s Office and as a Deputy Attorney General for the California Department of Justice. While practicing in civil litigation with an emphasis on appellate law for the last several years, Wendy devoted a great deal of time volunteering for a variety of different charitable institutions in Orange County and organized a number of Jewish cross-denominational, community-building events. Her focus for the Foundation is on creating a new and lasting philosophy of legacy within Orange County’s Jewish community through the Endowment Book of Life. Wendy and her husband of more than 20 years, Lance, have three children attending Tarbut V’ Torah Community Day School.

Jeanne Walker
Finance Manager

Jeanne joined the Foundation in 2015 bringing with her experience in both non-profit and corporate finance. As Finance manager, Jeanne is responsible for finance, accounting and human resource operations. Prior to joining the Foundation, Jeanne was a Finance Manager/Director of Finance and Operations for Unisys Corporation for over 20 years, while representing Unisys in the local community with education scholarship programs and Junior Achievement. Jeanne made a career change to Controller for a private high school to make a larger impact on the local community during which time she began writing grants and business plans for local non-profit organizations. Jeanne currently serves on the board of a local food bank, a scholarship foundation and her local Rotary chapter. Jeanne received her undergraduate degree in Economics from UCLA and MBA from University of La Verne.

Marketing & Communications Coordinator

Anne joined the Foundation in 2013.  Her background includes event planning, volunteer management, communications, web and graphic design. She previously served as the Director of Music ‘N’ Kids, a children’s music appreciation program, where she managed more than twenty preschool locations. Anne volunteers for several community organizations and currently sits on the Board of Directors for a national non-profit volunteer service organization.  Anne earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Studies from California State University, Long Beach.

Myrna Shields
Donor Services & Administration Associate

Myrna Shields joined the Foundation team in 1992 bringing with her more than 10 years of experience serving as Operations Manager for a television station. Myrna dedicated 20 years to the Foundation retiring in 2012 from her position as Chief Operating Officer. In 2014 Myrna returned to work part-time. Having been a part of the Foundation since its beginning, Myrna has an invaluable understanding of the Foundation’s history and has established deep relationships with both our donors and our partner organizations.  Today, Myrna assists with the day to day administration of the office and is an integral player on our donor services team.

Taylor Davis
Donor Services & Administration Coordinator

Taylor joined the Foundation team in 2017. As Donor Services and Administration Coordinator, he provides customer service to donors and organizations, is integral to database management, coordinates meetings, and processes grant requests for the Foundation. Taylor’s background includes fund development, volunteer recruitment, social media management, and event planning. Previously, Taylor worked as the Office Manager at a career exploration company, and served as an AmeriCorps VISTA member specializing in fund development for a nonprofit focused on maternal health. He earned his bachelor’s degree in history from UC San Diego, and his master’s degree in political science from CSU Fullerton.

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