Vice President, Community Impact
Deena Margolis launched her career in Washington, D.C. advocating to address poverty and protect civil rights – she has been working on these issues ever since. Deena brings to United Way a strong background in strategic planning, policy advocacy, system change and organizational development, as well as deep knowledge of early childhood development, homelessness and affordable housing and public health. Deena was drawn to United Way by its commitment to Los Angeles and its leadership for tackling the deeply rooted issues of inequity and poverty.
For over a decade, Deena served as president of Focali Consulting, LLC, a strategic management and public policy consulting firm that works with the California nonprofit, philanthropic and government sectors to deepen their community impact. She also has more than 20 years of experience in the public and non-profit sectors, having held positions at the City of Los Angeles Office of the Mayor, the County of Los Angeles Chief Executive Office, and the National Council of Jewish Women. She received her Bachelors’ Degree (BA) from Miami University of Ohio and her Masters Degree in Public Administration (MPA) from Columbia University.
Deena is a native of New Jersey, yet an Angeleno at heart. She lives in Silver Lake with her husband and two sons. She currently serves on the board of directors of the American Council on Exercise (ACE) and the board of directors of the Silver Lake Independent Jewish Community Center (SIJCC).