Linda L. Burger CEO Discretionary Endowment Fund

In recognition of her extraordinary leadership, this fund ensures that future leaders of JFS will be able to emulate her compassion by responding to individuals and situations that call for an extraordinary response.

Posted
February 21, 2022
Linda L. Burger, MSSW

Linda L. Burger CEO Discretionary Endowment Fund

In recognition of her extraordinary leadership, this fund ensures that future leaders of JFS will be able to emulate her compassion by responding to individuals and situations that call for an extraordinary response.

Posted
February 21, 2022

LINDA L. BURGER, MSSW is only the fourth CEO to lead Jewish Family Service in its 109-year history. For more than forty years, she has been at the forefront of Jewish communal work in Houston. Her talent and passion have transformed the Jewish community’s response to safety net and basic needs in our community. At the end of May, 2022, Linda will retire, after more than 16 years as CEO of Jewish Service Houston. In her tenure Linda has brought to life her vision of a caring community and has established JFS’ stellar reputation within the Jewish community and throughout the wider behavioral health community in Houston. Linda’s work, particularly in the areas of disability services, inclusion, reducing the stigma associated with both mental health and disability and increasing access to mental health services to prevent deaths by suicide and substance misuse has had an impact beyond our city. Cited by her colleagues locally and nationally as a mentor, she is sought for her wisdom and has helped communal professionals develop their programs and careers.

In 2013, the Linda L. Burger CEO Discretionary fund was established to allow her to address the most difficult and complex cases for which there were few resources. When asked what cause would be the most meaningful to her as a legacy, Linda cited the growth of this fund, because of the way in which she was able to quietly help individuals whose situations compelled extraordinary action. After coming to JFS, she focused on building financial assistance resources in response to the pain she felt when there were not enough resources to make a tangible difference in clients’ lives, vowing to never let that happen again. In honor of her retirement and devotion to our community, JFS Houston aims to secure commitments to bring the fund corpus to $1,000,000, over time, so that future leaders of JFS will be able to emulate her compassion by responding to individuals and situations that call for an extraordinary response.

Larry Reader

Campaign Chair

Jacob Leon

President, Houston Jewish Family Foundation

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