Janey Sweet of Beverly Hills, Calif. has been elected as the new President of the American Technion Society (ATS) by the organization’s National Board of Directors. She succeeds outgoing President Steve Berger, of Newtown Square, Pa., who becomes the organization’s Chairman of the Board.
“It’s an honor and privilege to lead the American Technion Society, especially at this very pivotal time when we commemorate the Technion’s upcoming Centennial Celebration in 2024,” said Ms. Sweet. “It’s an amazing opportunity to elevate public awareness about the Technion’s remarkable impact on Israel and humanity.”
“Janey Sweet has long been a true champion for the Technion, and is very qualified to lead the American Technion Society,” said ATS Chairman of the Board Steve Berger. “Her knowledge and passion will be invaluable as we work to advance the Technion research, education, and innovation that benefit Israel and the world.”
Ms. Sweet, together with CEO Michael Waxman-Lenz, will lead ATS efforts to generate awareness of and raise philanthropic support for the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, a global innovation powerhouse whose breakthroughs benefit the State of Israel and the world. Ms. Sweet’s term as president, which began October 1, comes at a defining moment for the Technion as it marches towards its Centennial celebration in 2024.
“Janey Sweet’s enthusiasm for the Technion is genuinely inspiring,” said ATS CEO Michael Waxman-Lenz. “Her commitment to ATS has made us a much stronger and healthier philanthropic organization. I look forward to partnering with Janey and benefiting from her wisdom and deep experience as we lead ATS during a pivotal time in the Technion’s history.”
Born in New York City, raised in Miami, and a resident of Southern California since the mid-1960s, Ms. Sweet’s ties to the Technion have their genesis in her first visit to Israel. The focus of that 1989 visit – Technion science and technology – inspired her first gift, a scholarship in honor of her parents’ birthdays. It also sparked her imagination and a passion for the University that continues unabated to this day.
Ms. Sweet has been a member of the ATS National Board of Directors for more than 25 years. Among the positions she has held are co-chair for the Campaign Resources and Public Affairs Committee, co-chair of the National Programs and Missions Committee, and co-chair of the Marketing Committee. Her involvement with the organization and the Technion also extends to the local and international levels. She is the immediate past president and current chairwoman of ATS – Southern California and a member of the Technion Board of Governors. Sharing her excitement about the Technion with others is always a priority for Ms. Sweet, who has co-chaired numerous programs over the years including the 2022 Women of the Technion Mission, the 2018 Technion World Tour China, the 2017 Technion World Tour New York City, and the 2007 Technion Mission to Berlin and Israel.
In 2007, Ms. Sweet was awarded a Technion Honorary Fellowship in recognition of her unrelenting support for the Technion and commitment to strengthening the American Jewish Community. She is a Technion Guardian – a designation reserved for those who support the University at the highest level – whose gifts include the Janey Sweet Apartment in the Undergraduate Student Village and the Janey Sweet Doctoral Fellowship Fund.
A graduate of the University of La Verne with a B.S. in Business Administration, Ms. Sweet was formerly a mortgage broker and the owner of Pacific Coast Funding. She is a supporter of numerous art and Jewish and Israel-related causes, and is a passionate supporter of women’s health and reproductive rights. She has two married sons and five grandchildren.
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