Frances Eizenstat, GWSB MA ’89

Frances Eizenstat, GWSB MA ’89, passed away on Feb. 17 at a Miami hospital. She was 68. Eizenstat worked on initiatives to strengthen low-income families and improve the lives of children, and had leadership roles with several Jewish foundations and charitable groups.

After moving to Washington in 1977, when her husband joined the White House staff, Eizenstat worked for the Children’s Defense Fund. From 1979 to 1981, she had a leadership role with the White House Conference on Families, which examined the changing nature of families in America and sought to improve services for the poor. From 1982 to 1990, she worked in the low-income housing section of Fannie Mae.

For the past 12 years, Mrs. Eizenstat traveled the world as a member of the international board of directors of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, which provides aid to Jewish people in distress. She also served on the board of Ohr Kodesh Congregation, a Conservative synagogue in Chevy Chase, MD.

Survivors include her husband of 45 years, Stuart E. Eizenstat of Chevy Chase; two sons, Jay Eizenstat of Silver Spring and Brian Eizenstat of New York City; two sisters; and seven grandchildren. Read the full obituary on the Washington Post.

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