ABOUT

MISSION

The Issroff Family Foundation was established in 2007 by David and Lisa Issroff with a focus on uplifting the lives of children and youth in order to realize their full potential in Southern & Eastern Africa, New York, and Israel. IFF collaborates with grantee partners to increase access to education, encourage entrepreneurship, and foster opportunity. 

VALUES

 

ENGAGEMENT

IFF is fully committed to our partners. We provide tangible and intangible support to our implementing partners to cultivate increased impact and purposeful engagement.

 

COMMUNITY

IFF is deeply invested in the philanthropic community. We actively build relationships with our partners as well as other implementing organizations and funding partners. We facilitate relationships between funders in the sector and foster networks.

 

LEARNING

IFF is dedicated to pursuing continuous learning to improve our organization and to enhance our work. We actively share our knowledge with our partners and our networks.

 

INCLUSIVENESS

IFF values diversity of opinion, approach, perspective and background. We believe that a global perspective and equality and justice are essential to our work.

 

INTEGRITY

IFF promotes transparency and honesty in ourselves and in our relationships.

WHO WE ARE

FOUNDERS

 

DAVID ISSROFF

David Issroff is principal of City Hall Capital, LLC, a New York based boutique investment firm with deep experience investing in multiple asset classes globally. Born in South Africa, David was educated in the United Kingdom and the United States, where he graduated from Wesleyan University. Prior to moving to NYC in 2006, David was a Partner with Glencore International AG of Switzerland, where he was responsible for the global Ferro Alloys and Nickel Division of one of the world’s largest suppliers of a wide range of commodities to industrial consumers. In this capacity, David served as a non-executive Director of various public corporations in South Africa, Switzerland and the U.K., including Xstrata Plc from 2002-2006. Together with his wife Lisa, David founded the Issroff Family Foundation, whose mission is to provide support for youth in Southern & Eastern Africa, Israel, and New York City. David serves on the boards of various private portfolio investment companies and several non-profit organizations, including Echoing Green and US Advisory Council of the African Leadership Academy.

 

LISA ISSROFF

Lisa Issroff and her husband, David, co-founded the Issroff Family Foundation in 2007 to partner with community-based organizations to improve outcomes for children, youth, and their communities. Serving as IFF’s president, Lisa is particularly interested in providing funding, capacity, and advisory support to early stage organizations engaged with developing and empowering youth in Southern and Eastern Africa and New York. Building on her experience working with these organizations, Lisa is also focused on helping to build networks in the New York area to support a vibrant and engaged funder community and a community of young woman professionals working in the sector. Lisa serves on several of the boards of IFF’s partner organizations. She is the current Chair of the Board of Ongoza. Additionally, she serves on the board of Generation Citizen. She has previously served in a formal capacity on the boards or advisory boards of Agahozo Shalom Youth Village, Educate! and Afrika Tikkun. She is also on the US Advisory Board of African Leadership Academy. Lisa graduated from Wesleyan University and currently lives in New York City.

TEAM

 

KADY SYLLA

Kady is the Issroff Family Foundation Coordinator. Before joining IFF, Kady was a sustainable development consultant for international organizations like USAID, Open Society Foundations (OSF), and International Business and Technical Consultants, Inc.(IBTCI). She has 6 years of experience as an international development professional with broad knowledge in areas of conflict, governance and poverty alleviation, and strategic engagement of stakeholders. As a child, Kady and her family left her native Guinea (West Africa), settling in NYC as refugees, which strongly influenced her interest in social justice. She received her MA (honors) at the University of Sussex’s Institute of Development Studies (IDS), where she also worked as a CVE research & inclusive development analyst with a focus on Kenya.

 

GABRIELE BLECHER

Gabriele Blecher is the Issroff Family Foundation’s External Relations Coordinator. Gabriele left South Africa at a young age, but is still very committed to the development of the African continent. She graduated from Hampshire College where her senior paper was about South African artists living in exile and the role of the arts in the apartheid struggle. After attending cooking school in South Africa, she returned to New York where she had extensive experience in catering, management, and event planning. Motivated by trying to make the world a better place for her two young daughters, and seeing the importance of sharing and listening to people’s stories, she transitioned into development, branding, and resource mobilization in the philanthropic sector.