Daniel Kester
December 16, 2022

Today we are pleased to cast a spotlight on the incoming president of Foundation for Jewish Philanthropies, Daniel Kester.  Daniel is a retired materials scientist who earned a B.A. in Physics from Grinnell College and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Penn State University. His area of research was ultra-hard thin film diamond-like coatings.

Daniel is originally from Los Angeles and has lived in Williamsville for the past 25 years with his wife Gunilla.  The Kesters have two adult daughters, Anya and Shiri.

Daniel has been on the Foundation Board for six years, and has been Treasurer for the last two years.  He has also served on the board of Jewish Family Services, where he chaired the Development Committee, as well as the board of Congregation Shir Shalom, where he currently leads the congregation’s Men’s Group.  The son of Holocaust survivors, Daniel also previously served on the boards of the Holocaust Resource Center and the Schoerke Foundation which supports education in West Africa. An avid traveler, Daniel has visited over 108 countries.

Did you miss the joint Federation/Foundation Annual Meeting & Awards Ceremony last week?  You can watch it here: https://bit.ly/2022BJFandFJP

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