12.12.14 Issue

by Sherrie Saag, Communications, Jewish Federation of Omaha

Steve Levinger has joined the Federation Campaign Department as Senior Development Director. Reporting to Marty Ricks, Chief Development Officer, Levinger will be supporting the donor development and Campaign activities of the Jewish Federation of Omaha.

Levinger commented: “After working in the corporate/for-profit world for 33 years, I am truly honored and privileged to transition to this role at the Jewish Federation. The Omaha Jewish community is widely known as an extremely giving and caring community.”

Ricks says Levinger is a welcome addition to his Campaign team. “Steve is invested in our community as evidenced by his depth of involvement as a volunteer in multiple community organizations. His corporate experience will be an asset to our departmental operations and I am looking forward to his contributions.”

Born and raised in Yankton, South Dakota, in a town with just a handful of Jewish families, Levinger said his parents continually emphasized the importance of living Jewishly “We embraced Jewish traditions in our home, were involved in the community and understood the importance of Tzedakah and Tikkun Olam.”

Levinger graduated from the University of Michigan with a degree in Marketing, began a career with Procter and Gamble in Detroit and met his wife Bonnie while she was a student at Michigan.

They eventually relocated to Omaha in 1989 because it was important to them to live closer to family. “My grandfather (Iz Weiner) and aunt and uncle (Janey and Jerry Dann) helped us quickly assimilate and get acclimated in this very warm community, while my parents still lived ‘just up the road’ in Yankton,” Levinger said.

Relocating to Omaha with Procter & Gamble, Levinger was a district sales manager in their consumer products group and pharmaceuticals division, followed by a position as a national account executive in the managed markets group for two other pharmaceutical companies.

“I view this career change as an opportunity to build on all the incredible things we have accomplished in Omaha over the years while infusing some new ideas and perspectives gleaned from my many years of experience in corporate America,” he said. He is looking forward to engaging with community members while working towards meeting the Federation’s mission of building and sustaining a strong and vibrant Jewish community in Omaha and supporting Jews in Israel and around the world.

Levinger has chaired Campaign’s Super Sunday and a B’nai Brith Sports Banquet, served as president of the Jewish Press Board and was, until his appointment, a member of the JCC Board.

Levinger’s wife Bonnie works as a speech pathologist for Millard Public Schools. They have three daughters, all well represented in Big Ten academics. Allison, a graduate of Indiana University, is a buyer at Dick’s Sporting Goods, headquartered in Pittsburgh, PA; Amy, a University of Michigan graduate, is a registered nurse at Medstar/ Georgetown Hospital in Washington, DC and Jessica is a business school student at the University of Wisconsin. All three girls graduated from Millard North (and the JCC’s CDC) and were actively involved in BBYO and Temple Israel youth groups.

Please stop by and welcome Steve onto our campus or look forward to his call on behalf of the Annual Campaign! He can be reached at slevinger@jewishomaha.org and 402.334.6433.