David Levine, president of the Marina del Rey Lessees Association, has been appointed as president of the Jewish Family Service of Los Angeles board of directors.

Levine, who has served as chief of staff to real estate developer Jerry B. Epstein since 1987, was installed as board president of the social service organization July 12 in a ceremony conducted by county Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky. Levine is responsible for the day-to-day management of Epstein’s property holdings in Marina del Rey and has also been president of the Marina del Rey Lessees Association since 1998.

“It is my honor to help JFS build on its storied history and continue to be an integral resource for those in need in Los Angeles, developing innovative programs and service delivery models,” said Levine. “During these difficult times, JFS’ services are more critical than ever.

“I look forward to working with JFS’ leadership, staff, and volunteers to continue to provide comprehensive care to our clients, most of whom are among the most vulnerable individuals and families in our community.”

A member of the JFS board since 2004, Levine previously chaired the JFS Facilities and Public Policy Committees. He currently serves on the advisory board of the Center for the Study of Los Angeles of Loyola Marymount University.

“I know that David Levine’s unwavering dedication to JFS and our mission will make him a great partner as we work together to help those who have nowhere else to turn,” said JFS CEO Paul S. Castro.

“David is a tireless advocate for JFS programs and on behalf of JFS clients. His commitment and passion will make him invaluable to JFS in the days and months ahead.”

The president of the JFS board of directors serves a two-year term, and is also charged with appointing chairs to each of the organization’s governing committees.