James Sarnoff joined the YLD board in 2009, where he served as YLD Campaign Chair in 2012 and later as YLD Division President. Sarnoff also chaired YLD’s largest Big Event Fundraiser to date featuring comedian Jimmy Fallon, and founded the now-annual YLD Golf Tournament.
In addition, Sarnoff is a former participant in YLD’s Gesher leadership program, and was chosen to participate in JUF’s inaugural Jewish Leaders Institute cohort. He has traveled with several JUF missions abroad, including co-chairing the 2014 Nachshon mission to St. Petersburg and Israel, and currently serves on JUF’s Contributor Account Relations Committee. He is also a member of the Jewish Federations of North America’s National Young Leadership Cabinet. In 2012, he was named to YLD and Oy!Chicago’s annual “36 Under 36” list in recognition of his achievements.
Sarnoff’s acceptance speech was a call to action stressing the importance of a strong Jewish community in today’s changing world.