Shepard Nevel was selected as Jewish Family Service of Colorado’s (JFS) new president and CEO, succeeding Yana Vishnitsky, who is retiring after serving in the role for the past 16 years. JFS’s Board Search Committee conducted a wide-ranging national search for the agency’s new leader and came to a unanimous choice. Nevel is currently the president and CEO of LiveWell Colorado, where he has strengthened core functions, diversified funding and other revenue opportunities, and refocused the mission on underserved populations and the social determinants of health. He will join JFS on December 5.
Shepard Nevel is a seasoned, successful leader in nonprofit, government, and for-profit contexts. He has managed large teams, grown organizations, and demonstrated a passion for Colorado through a number of community leadership roles.
Prior to LiveWell Colorado, Shepard served as a vice president of Policy, Evaluation and Communications, and of Operations, at the Colorado Health Foundation, the nation’s third-largest health foundation. Before that, he was president and CEO of Jovian P4, LLC, a technology- and education-focused entity founded by entrepreneur (and now Congressman) Jared Polis, and earlier, executive director of the Denver Workforce Region. Nevel earned a BA degree from Brown University and a JD degree from Columbia Law School.
“The JFS Search Committee was impressed with Nevel’s proven abilities in innovation, strategy, operations, fundraising, and relationship building,” says Ken Weil, Search Committee chair. “He is smart and analytical, with a passion for the JFS mission and a focus on creative solutions that enhance mission impact. He has a strong network and special expertise in diversifying funding.”
Nevel is personally passionate about the broad mandate of JFS. “I am excited to join this remarkable, 144-year-old organization with its extraordinary legacy of impact, and to work with the outstanding board, talented staff, and dedicated partners and supporters of JFS,” he says. “I offer a special expression of appreciation for Yana and her superb record of leadership and accomplishment.”