Raissa Frenkel serves as the Executive Director of the Finker-Frenkel Family Foundation, an organization dedicated to the causes ofmedical research, education, religious development, and children’s welfare. Raissa is also the Chief Executive Officer of the private equity firm Forum Capital Group.
Raissa and Lazar established the Finker-Frenkel Family Foundation as a multi-generational reflection of their steadfast dedication to philanthropy and community empowerment. The Foundation was created as a collective of like-minded philanthropists looking to make the world a better place. Among the many initiatives the Foundation supports, a special emphasis is placed on education, culture, and charity. Organizations that the foundation has supported over the years include the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the University of Miami, Miami Jewish Health Systems, Police Officer Assistance Trust, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, Chabad of Southside, and Mount Sinai Medical Center.
Originally from Kazan, Russia, Raissa was born in 1961. Prior to relocating to the United States, Raissa earned a bachelor’s degree, a master’s degree, and a Ph.D. in Economics from the Kazan Finance Institute. She spent the next seven years with the institute as a professor and served as the Chair of the Political Economy Department.
In 1991, Raissa’s husband, Lazar Finker, accepted an invitation to join the faculty at Florida Community College in Jacksonville as a visiting professor. The two, along with their young son, completed the move fully expecting that the arrangement would be short-term. However, Lazar proved to be a popular instructor, and the college repeatedly extended his welcome to stay. Soon, the family had confidently settled into their new American home.
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