The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee Welcomes New Board President

Michael Ritter is known for his leadership and philanthropic engagement in the regional community.


(Sarasota-Manatee) The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee welcomes Michael Ritter as its new president. Ritter has been a longtime member of the Federation’s board of directors, serving most recently as treasurer and vice-president.

“We’re honored to welcome Michael as our incoming president,” says Federation executive director Howard Tevlowitz. “He’s a force for good in the community—well known for his leadership and philanthropic engagement. We’re extremely fortunate to have this strong leader and I look forward to working with him as we guide The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee forward into the next decade and beyond.”

A retired CPA and senior partner at Ernst & Young, Ritter moved to the Sarasota-Manatee region in 2006 from northeast Ohio, where he still serves on the board and administrative committee for the Jewish Federation of Cleveland.

“The Sarasota-Manatee region is home to thousands of engaged Jewish people who strive to enhance our community’s vibrancy and wellbeing,” says Ritter. “As the Federation’s new board president, I look forward to working with them—and with the dedicated Federation staff and volunteers—on initiatives that serve our mission and address challenges the Jewish people face locally and around the world.”

In addition to his Federation involvement, Ritter currently serves as board chair of The Perlman Music Program/Suncoast and is also on the boards of the Israel Tennis Centers Foundation and Parkwood LLC. In his spare time, he loves spending time with his children and grandchildren in Chicago and Westport, CT.

The Federation’s slate of officers include vice presidents Ian Black, Roz Goldberg, Stacy Hanan and Anne Spindel; treasurer Randon Carvel; secretary/parliamentarian Debbie Haspel; and immediate past president Patti Wertheimer. New members of The Federation’s board include Sepi Ackerman, Julie Green, Robert Landman, Michelle Mitchell, Steve Seidensticker, Alan Silverglat, and Bunny Skirboll.


About The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee

The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to save Jewish lives and enhance Jewish life in the Sarasota-Manatee region, in Israel, and throughout the world. In addition, the Federation is responsive when worldwide catastrophes occur. For more information, call 941-371-4546 or visit