Andrew Frank, who has served as executive director of the Jewish Federation of Princeton Mercer Bucks since 1998, stepped down from the position July 31.
Federation president Mark Merkovitz is serving as interim executive director as the fund-raising umbrella conducts a search for Frank’s successor.
According to a statement issued July 28 by federation secretary and past president Daniel F. Brent, Frank said he would be leaving “to pursue other interests.”
“Those of us who have worked as federation leaders thank Andy for his 17 years of dedicated and loyal service to the Federation of Princeton Mercer Bucks and to the entire Jewish community as we faced challenges and achieved successes,” wrote Brent. “We wish him happiness and fulfillment in his future endeavors.”
Merkovitz, a financial adviser who lives in Lawrenceville, became federation president, its top volunteer position, in 2011, after serving as campaign chair and in other leadership positions.
“Mark has spent many years devoted to promoting the federation's best interests and is well acquainted with our community and with federation activities locally and nationally,” wrote Brent. “As we embark on our search for a new executive director, we believe that Mark's skill set, which includes marketing, finance, and bridge building, will help tackle the challenges and maximize the opportunities that lie ahead.
“The board expressed its gratitude to Mark for agreeing to guide our federation as we move forward together to strengthen our Jewish Community,” wrote Brent.
In 2013-14, the federation raised $1.9 million from contributions and grants. Some of federation’s beneficiaries include Abrams Hebrew Academy in Yardley, Pa.; Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Greater Mercer County; Greenwood House in Ewing; Jewish Federations of North America, for Israel and overseas programming; Jewish Community Youth Foundation of the JFCS; JCC Abrams Camps; Hillels at area universities; the Board of Rabbis of Princeton Mercer Bucks; Lashir: The Jewish Choir of Princeton; and Birthright Israel.