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Vision

The Awards celebrate tikkun olam, or “repairing the world.” The Diller Family Foundation knows that supporting Jewish teen leadership today means creating and inspiring future generations of strong Jewish leaders in the global community. The Awards provide $36,000 for each recipient so that they may use it to further their initiative or education.

About the Helen Diller Family Foundation

Along with the Awards, the Foundation also funds the Diller Teen Fellows program, an international leadership program for Jewish teens. The Foundation has also supported a number of programs and institutions in the Bay Area and throughout the world, including UCSF, UC Berkeley, and UC Santa Cruz.

Meet the Staff

Vincent Arroyo

Program Associate

Vincent Arroyo was born and raised in San Francisco. In his most recent role, Vincent worked as the Lead Administrator for the Early Childhood Education department at the JCCSF where he supported day-to-day operations, admissions processes, and business systems for 3 preschool sites including the Helen Diller Family Preschool. He has over 15 years of professional experience in nonprofit and community-based programs and holds an associate degree in Child Development and Behavioral Sciences from the City College of San Francisco. What drives him is his passion for giving back. Vincent grew up in out-of-school-time programs which had a lasting impact on his life. He wants to ensure that the next generation has the same positive experiences as he did. Additionally, Vincent served on the DEIB (diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging) committee at the JCCSF and was honored in 2020 as one of the Next Generation of Leaders by the National Afterschool Association.

Megan Edelman

Managing Director

Megan Edelman comes to the Helen Diller Foundation Programs most recently from the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco where she was the Program Manager, Public Programs. She is originally from Manhattan where she volunteered with NYCares and worked professionally in Brand Marketing and Sales at CNN and Turner Broadcasting. Upon moving to the west coast, she worked at a news website startup and then moved to Travelzoo where she pursued her passion of travel and writing. Megan strives to be a positive and forward-thinking influence in her community. In 2020, she was selected to be a part of the Upstart Accelerator program. She lives in San Francisco with her beautiful blended family and rescue dog, Morty.

Kelly Stellrecht

Marketing and Outreach Manager

Kelly Stellrecht has more than a decade of experience in the nonprofit sector, most recently at the international organization Landesa. Prior to relocating to the West Coast, she was the Director of Development at the Charleston Jewish Federation in South Carolina, where she focused on building effective outreach strategies and growing values-driven philanthropy. Kelly obtained her Project Management Professional (PMP) certification in 2020. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and two cats, George and Sasha.

Jen Smith

Executive Director, Helen Diller Family Foundation Programs

Jen serves in the newly created role of Executive Director, Helen Diller Family Foundation programs, leading the work of programs such as Diller Teen Fellows and the Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards, with a focus on strategic innovation. Jen has worked in the nonprofit sector, and within the Jewish community for two decades, primarily in the areas of youth leadership, social justice, interfaith relations, and civil rights. Previously, Jen served in senior leadership roles at the Anti‐Defamation League (ADL), where she developed and led a range of community‐based programs and campaigns, including: No Place for Hate, an anti-bullying initiative, Camp Interfaith (Camp IF), and the Imagine a World Without Hate campaign. With a strong commitment to fostering leadership through Jewish values, Jen worked for many years as a Jewish educator, and served on the staff and board of Camp Yavneh in New Hampshire.

Loal Isaacs

Deputy Executive Director, Helen Diller Family Foundation Programs

Loal Isaacs has a lifelong passion for experiential Jewish education. Prior to his current position, Loal held several leadership positions including the Director of Youth Philanthropy at the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund, Director of New Initiatives at URJ Camp Newman, the Director of YouthFirst Programs at Jewish Family and Children’s Services, and the Program Director at the Center of Jewish Living and Learning at the Jewish Federation of the East Bay. He believes character is revealed through the way one goes about their work on a daily basis.

Throughout his career, Loal has always approached his work with dedication and humility, fully committing himself to modeling the approach to work he expects of his colleagues and students. He always strives to teach with the entirety of himself, from his knowledge to his actions, from his failures to his triumphs, everything is a lesson to be shared and interpreted by his students.