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Carol Staenberg

Past Board Chair

College Bound

Finding someone who cares more about the St. Louis region than Carol Staenberg would be very difficult. After all, she has been honored several times for giving back -- in both her time and money -- to a variety of organizations over multiple decades.

Staenberg, a past chair of the College Bound board, currently serves on the Jewish Federation of St. Louis board and Holocaust Museum & Learning Center of St. Louis executive council. She is also a Lift For Life Academy Foundation board member.

College Bound empowers promising students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds to achieve bachelor’s degrees and fulfilling careers. Since its creation in 2006, all students in the program have graduated from high school.

Through a commitment of seven-or-more years, College Bound increases ACT scores, helps students master algebra 11 and teaches them to cope with life-cycle events like grief, college financial literacy, first internships and first jobs.

Staenberg and her husband, Michael, started the Staenberg Family Foundation in 2005 to support the Jewish Federation of St. Louis. The foundation enhances projects and programs that meet the federation’s mission, which is to mobilize resources needed to preserve and support Jewish life in St. Louis, Israel and around the world.

The Holocaust Museum & Learning Center is dedicated to preserving the legacy of the Holocaust, educating about its causes and illustrating how what happened during this tragic period relates to our lives today. It strives to make the world a kinder, safer, more tolerant place by rejecting all forms of hate, intolerance, racism and bigotry.

Staenberg is a former Jewish Family & Children’s Services board member and volunteered for many years at the Harvey Kornblum Jewish Food Pantry. The Center for Contemporary Arts has also been a beneficiary of her interests and dedicated efforts.