Oregon Jewish Community Foundation Welcomes Sonia Marie Leikam as Director of Outreach

The Oregon Jewish Community Foundation (OJCF) is thrilled to announce the appointment of Sonia Marie Leikam as its new Director of Outreach. In this pivotal role, Sonia Marie will play a crucial part in advancing OJCF’s mission by fostering connections with prospective fundholders.

Sonia Marie brings a wealth of experience to her new position, having previously dedicated six years of service to OJCF from 2015 to 2021. During her initial tenure, she served in key roles such as Director of Donor Relations and Collaborative Giving Coordinator. Sonia Marie facilitated various programs, including the Oregon Jewish Community Youth Foundation, Giving Circle, and B’nai Tzedek, as well as managed OJCF’s scholarship program.

Most recently, Sonia Marie served as the inaugural Director of Development at KairosPDX, where she successfully managed and directed all fundraising activities while actively participating in the Senior Leadership Team.

OJCF President & CEO David Forman expressed his enthusiasm for Sonia Marie’s return, stating, “We are excited to welcome Sonia Marie back to OJCF. Her deep commitment and strong understanding of our community will help her  connect with future OJCF fundholders and through philanthropy explore innovative ways for them to engage with the Foundation and build community.”

Recipient of the 2021 Laurie Rogoway Outstanding Jewish Professional Award given by JFGP, Sonia Marie brings a multifaceted background as an educator, social justice advocate, and community organizer to her role. Known for her natural ability to connect with people, she can often be found working out at the MJCC, exploring local farmers markets, and preparing elaborate meals for friends.

Sonia Marie’s connection to the community extends beyond her professional endeavors. Her family attends Congregation Shir Tikvah, and they own Leikam Brewing, a kosher craft brewery located in the Tabor neighborhood.

Residing in SE Portland with her partner and three proud BB Camp campers, Sonia
Marie is thrilled to return to OJCF and support OJCF's outreach initiatives. For those
looking to connect with Sonia Marie Leikam, she can be reached at
soniamariel@ojcf.org or 503-248-9328.

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