Chief Philanthropy Officer
Michael Oberlander is the Chief Philanthropy Officer of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis, having been appointed in August 2016 to lead the Development and Planning & Allocations teams. Until joining the professional team, he was a member of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis’ Board of Directors and served as Chair of both the Budget, Finance and Administration and Planning & Allocations committees. In addition to his volunteer involvement at the Jewish Federation of St. Louis, he has also served as president of the boards of The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Hillel at Washington University and Yeshivat Kadimah High School. One of Michael’s proudest accomplishments came in January 2016 when he was honored with the first JProStl Partnership Award, recognizing a lay leader who exemplifies partnership by bringing out the best in professional partners and volunteers, serving as a role model in ethical leadership, Jewish learning, philanthropic endeavors and acts of kindness and demonstrating commitment to the Jewish community as a whole by promoting understanding, dialogue and collaboration.
Michael joined the Jewish Federation of St. Louis after a legal career in St. Louis, first serving as an associate at Bryan Cave. He joined Caleres, Inc. (formerly Brown Shoe Company) in 2000 where he served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary. In that role, Michael managed in-house legal, risk management and internal audit departments for the $2.5+ billion company. He is also a mentor and limited partner in SixThirty, a venture fund and business development accelerator that invests in FinTech startups and provides them with hands-on training, mentoring and networking opportunities with the top financial services companies in the region.