Position: Founder and Honorary Board Member

Committees: Finance, Fundraising, Life & Legacy

Andi Minkoff is one of the founders of the Jewish Genetic Diseases Center. Together with her husband, Sherman, she worked to find a way to help parents avoid the heartache of having a child with a devastating genetic disease. By educating them about their risks, prospective parents are empowered to make decisions to minimize the chance of having an affected child.

Andi has a B.A. from ASU and an MA from UCLA. Professionally, she taught high school and was a partner in a real estate investment company. Her main passion has been as a “professional volunteer” in service of her community.

Andi has been involved in the local Jewish community for many decades. She served as President of the Brandeis University Women’s Committee and chair of the Jewish Education Council – the precursor to the Bureau of Jewish Education. She also served as a Vice President of her synagogue and chaired both the Development Committee and Grants Committee of the Jewish Community Foundation. For the Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix, she served as its President and chaired both the Women’s Campaign and the General Campaign as well as chairing the Allocations Committee, the Governance Committee and the Strategic Planning Committee.

Nationally, Andi served on the Executive Committee of the Council of Jewish Federations (precursor to the Jewish Federations of North America) and on the National Women’s Board of the United Jewish Appeal (UJA). On behalf of UJA, she traveled around the country soliciting gifts and training others how to be effective solicitors.

Andi has been honored by the Jewish Federation with the Lee Amada Young Leadership award, the Golda Meir Award and the Medal of Honor. With her husband, she has been honored by the American Jewish Committee, the State of Israel Bonds, and the Jewish National Fund.

In the general community, Andi served on the Phoenix Union High School District Magnet School Task Force and as Vice Chair of the initial Arizona State Independent Redistricting Commission.

Andi has been married to Sherman for more than 50 years and has two children and three “absolutely perfect” grandchildren.