Local Hero: Annette Shapiro

Annette Shapiro

"Continuing a family legacy of volunteerism, sharing my good fortunes, passionate about helping, the feeling of fulfillment from playing a small part in improving society...philanthropy is phenomenal!"

For more than 60 years, Annette Shapiro has dedicated herself to volunteering. Through the years, she has raised millions of dollars for issues affecting the Jewish community and beyond, mobilized thousands to take action and has redefined what it means to be a volunteer.

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Ms. Shapiro is president of Beit T'Shuvah and past chair of the board (2010-2012), a Los Angeles-based treatment center and a full-service congregation offering religious services, holiday celebrations and study. Ms. Shapiro's long-time passion and support of organizations is like a miracle that grows. In addition, she is chairman of the Centennial for the Los Angeles Jewish Home for the Aging.

Ms. Shapiro is also a master fundraiser. When her son, David Alan, was diagnosed with Type I diabetes in 1967, she took action. She became a board member of the American Diabetes Association (ADA) on both a national and regional level. Remarkably, Ms. Shapiro raised more than $5 million for diabetes research for the ADA's Southern California Affiliate. She was also on the board of the National Institute of Health (NIH).

Ms. Shapiro and her husband of 64 years, Leonard, established the David Alan Shapiro Memorial Synagogue Center at American Jewish University in Los Angeles in memory of their son.

Ms. Shapiro is currently on the board of advisors of the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, member of City of Hope's Southern California Islet Consortium (SC-IC), a member of the National Women's Philanthropy Advisory Board of the United Jewish Fund (UJF), which she also served as past chair of UJF's Women's Campaign in Los Angeles. She is a member of the board of governors of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and was co-chair of its $15 million campaign for cancer research.

Previously, Ms. Shapiro was the chairman of The Jewish Community Foundation Los Angeles, being the first woman and first non-attorney to do so.

Her remarkable journey is illustrated in Goldye Harris' 1994 biography, "Annette Shapiro: Professional Volunteer," which Ms. Shapiro co-authored.

Ms. Shapiro has received several awards, including the United Jewish Fund's Lea Rabin Award in 2003, the T'Shuvah Award for outstanding volunteer efforts by Beit T'Shuvah in 2002 and the Jewish Federation Council of Greater Los Angeles' Golda Meir Award for outstanding community leadership in 1988.

Ms. Shapiro currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband Leonard. They have three children, two daughter-in-laws, one son-in-law, seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

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