Jewish Federation of Greater Washington

Location: Rockville, MD

Category: Federation

Steve Rakitt

Executive VP & CEO

The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington serves Jews in the District of Columbia, northern Virginia and Maryland. Founded over 200 years ago, the Federation aims to mobilize resources to strengthen local Jewish communities and address their needs, and to facilitate engagement in Jewish life. It supports 40 local agencies, Jewish schools and youth groups, and community service programs, reaching over 270,000 people.

Steve Rakitt is the CEO and executive vice president of the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington. Previously, he was the president and CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta, where he led the annual campaign and pioneered programs for interfaith families and individuals. Prior to his work in Atlanta, he spent 17 years at the Jewish Federation of Rhode Island, serving as executive vice president for seven years. Rakitt is also a member of the executive committees of the Jewish Agency for Israel and the Jewish Federations of North America, and serves as a chair of the Jewish Federations of North America’s Large City Executives Forum.


Institution Total Expenses: $25,894,730

Employees: 92

Salary: $332,260

Underpaid by: 6%


Institution Total Expenses: $29,596,705

Employees: 95

Salary: $370,00012


Institution Total Expenses: $30,991,349

Salary: $401,0449


Salary: $434,4239


Salary: $425,000

  • 1Interim head of organization
  • 2Data from 2012
  • 3Data from 2011
  • 4Data from 2010
  • 5Data from 2009
  • 6Data from 2008
  • 7Data from 2007
  • 8Includes payment from SWC Museum Corp.
  • 9Predecessor's salary
  • 10Partial year
  • 11Not a 501(c)3
  • 12Annualized
  • 13Position currently vacant
  • 14As per Form 990, JNF declined to comment
  • 15Base salary
  • 16Data from president-elect period
  • 172010 Employees
  • 18Legally exempt from public disclosure of salary
  • 19Highest paid professional, not CEO
  • 20Paid from two related organizations
  • 21Data from 2013
  • 22Data from 2014
  • 23Data from 2015
  • 24Includes a one-time honorarium of $55,000
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