2019 Board of Trustees

Executive Committee and Members at Large are voting members of the Board.

Executive Committee

Deborah Hoffman Gonzalez - President
Deborah is a speech pathologist working with both infants and adults in various medical settings. Before joining the Federation Board she served as Co-Chair (and Co-Founder) of Federation’s Committee on Inclusion and Disabilities. She is a Past President of Mosaic Law Congregation, and is its current Youth Commission Chair and occasional B’nai Mitzvah tutor. Deborah also serves on the Camp Ramah of Northern California Board of Trustees. She grew up in Northern California, attending Camp Arazim and participating in United Synagogue Youth.

David Poisner - Vice-President
David has been on the Federation board for 5 years, and has previously served on the Board of Directors at both Mosaic Law Congregation and Temple Or Rishon. David moved to Sacramento in 1986 and worked for 30 years as an engineer at Intel Corporation. He "retired" and then started as an Encore Fellow at the Jewish Federation of the Sacramento Region. David also created and taught several new PJ Our Way technology classes and presented them at the 2018 National PJ Library Conference. In 2018, David "unretired" and is now Director of Engineering for Certus Criticial Care, Inc, a startup using robotics and artificial intelligence to develop precision medicine solutions for severely ill and injured patients. David and his wife Linda (a Sacramento native) enjoy spending time with their 3 wonderful children.

Bob Dresser - Vice-President
Bob Dresser served as the Governor-appointed Chair of the California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board (CUIAB) for 8 years. Prior to his appointment, he served as Enforcement Counsel for the Contractors State Licensing Board; as General Counsel to the Labor and Workforce Development Agency and previously served as Chief Counsel (and former Interim Director) to the Department of Information Technology. Other positions have been as an Administrative Law Judge; Agricultural Labor Relations Board Senior Board Counsel III, Supervising Attorney, Regional Director, and Staff Counsel. Prior to practicing law, Bob served as a VISTA lawyer in Austin, Texas and was instrumental in the start of the Texas Rural Legal Aid program. He is a graduate of Stanford Law School and holds a Bachelor of Arts from Dartmouth College.

Fran Bremson - Treasurer & Acting Secretary
Fran served as President of Congregation B’nai Israel from 2001-2003. Prior to moving to Sacramento in 1993, he lived in Anchorage, Alaska, where he served as Vice-President of Congregation Beth Sholom, and Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he was a co-founder of Congregation Bet Shalom. Fran has been a management consultant to justice sector organizations throughout the US and overseas, most recently providing assistance to the Afghanistan Supreme Court in Kabul, the Punjab Provincial High Court in Pakistan, and the Kosovo Supreme Court. He is a graduate of Hobart College, Georgetown Law Center, and the Institute for Court Management.

Bruce Pomer - JCRC Chair
Bruce's career spans 42 years in the government and non-profit sector at the local, state and national levels. He spent 12 years at the California State Department of Health where he reached the career executive level at the age of 29. At the Department of Health he held senior positions in policy development and administration directing programs with as many as 400 employees. During this time period he was Chief Departments Office of External Affairs and Chief of the Medi-Cal Field Services program. He left state service to become Director of Governmental Affairs of the Health Officers Association of California (HOAC) where he was responsible for HOAC's legislative advocacy and public relations program.

Carol Loew - Immediate Past President
Carol has a long history of Federation experience in Northern California. She has served on the Women's Division Board and was Vice-Chair of a Mega Mission to at the San Francisco Federation. The Mission was a partnership between San Francisco and Sacramento. Carol returned to the Federation Board in Sacramento as the Annual Campaign Chair. Previously, she worked on one of the most successful Super Sundays and served on the Board of Jewish Family Service (JFS). She and her husband, Harry (z"l), also ran Second Hand Rose, the retail store whose profits went to help run JFS.


  • Cliff Berg
  • Don Gilbert
  • Ruth Gottlieb
  • Lindie Henderson
  • Robb Layne
  • Marion Leff
  • Madeline Rubenstein
  • Dan Weitzman
  • Caron Nogen Zamansky

Federation Past Presidents

  • Barry Broad
  • Lisa Kaplan
  • Neil Soskin
  • Skip Rosenbloom
  • Dana Edelstein
  • Ed Rabin
  • Danny Weiss
  • Andy Beran
  • Brian Landsberg
  • Bill Slaton
  • Lynn Dean
  • Marvin Kamras
  • Barbara Ansel
  • Kenneth Goore
  • Arlene Pearl
  • Irv Levine*
  • Alex Fahn
  • Frederic Kahn
  • Alan Brodovsky
  • Oscar Morvai
  • Roslyn Levy
  • Milton Levison
  • Jack Brandwein
  • Arthur Soltar
  • Irving Frankel
  • Seymour Lewis
  • Felix Warhaftig
  • Sy Opper
  • Frank Goldstein
  • William Belson
  • Alvin Landis
  • William Berman*
  • Arlene Pearl
  • Irv Levine*
  • Alex Fahn*
  • Frederic Kahn*
  • Alan Brodovsky
  • Oscar Morvai*
  • Roslyn Levy
  • Milton Levison*
  • Jack Brandwein*
  • Arthur Soltar*
  • Irving Frankel
  • Seymour Lewis*
  • Felix Warhaftig*
  • Sy Opper*
  • Frank Goldstein*
  • William Belson*
  • Alvin Landis*
  • William Berman*