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Matthew C. Fragner

JNF Makor Member; Vice President, JNF LA Region; Member, Arava Task Force

Travels from Los Angeles, California

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JNF's Work in Israel, Positively Israel



Mr. Fragner has wide experience as an attorney and a businessperson. He is the founding partner of the law firm of Fragner Seifert Pace & Winograd, LLP. Mr. Fragner is Vice President of the Los Angeles Region of the Jewish National Fund and a member of JNF’s Makor group.

Having obtained a BA from Yale University and a J.D. from the University of California Berkeley (Boalt Hall), as a lawyer Mr. Fragner has represented multi-national clients such as Chevron, Citicorp, Bank of America, The CIM Group, General Electric Capital Corporation and McDonalds. He has lectured at the University of Southern California Real Estate Development Graduate School (1995-1999) and to more than 20 local, state and national bar and accounting groups on multiple topics, as well as authoring numerous articles for legal periodicals. Mr. Fragner was also an equity partner at Mayer Brown & Platt and Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal.

As a businessperson, Mr. Fragner has owned and operated a restaurant and a real estate development company. In 1993, he founded and managed an investment company that acquired and sold for substantial profit a pool of secured promissory notes originally issued in connection with wind farms in Southern California.

Mr. Fragner founded and served as chairperson of Tools to Talent Non-Profit Corporation, a charitable entity that provided new computer systems to graduating 8th graders from junior high schools in disadvantaged neighborhoods. In the past, Mr. Fragner has been general counsel and on the board of directors of his local synagogue and a member of the Berkeley Law Foundation.

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Makor (Hebrew for “source”) is a specially-trained cadre of highly-involved Jewish National Fund volunteers. Our primary role is to support the core functions of JNF by direct fundraising. Thus, we identify prospective donors, conduct direct solicitations in our own communities and around the United States and assist in educating the public about the JNF and its projects.

Makor also serves as a source for lay leadership. We are leaders in our own communities, and provide training and inspiration for other community leaders on solicitation techniques, board development and outreach and on the work of the JNF. Makor members also assume JNF leadership positions on a national level.

We are proud leaders who are committed to the mission of the JNF, the caretaker of the land of Israel forever. In addition, Makor is a source of innovation within the JNF. Our diverse backgrounds, coupled with our common commitment, foster a free-flow of ideas to keep JNF as relevant and productive as possible.

Makor members travel to Israel each year to study JNF projects and programs in depth, and bring their insights and experiences to you. Members speak at no charge.


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