Elizabeth Hirsh Naftali (Liz) runs and owns a commercial real estate company in Los Angeles. Liz moved to Israel in 1993 with her husband and two small children, where she partnered in founding BIG Shopping Centers Ltd. (“BIG”), an Israeli public company traded on the Tel-Aviv Stock Exchange. In 2007, Liz created BIG Giving, a philanthropic branch of BIG Shopping Centers that primarily supports educational, developmental, and co-existence programs for Jewish and Arab children across Israel. Under her leadership, BIG Giving worked closely with Hand in Hand, The Peres Center for Peace, PACT (Parents and Children Together), Maytiv, amongst many other organizations, implementing their programs in new schools, funding, and building new partnerships. Liz remains active in her philanthropy in Los Angeles and Israel.
She is involved with Voto Latino, ACLU, Downtown Women’s Shelter (LA), Planned Parenthood, Jewish Family Service, LA Jewish Home for the Aging, Feed the Children, LA Family Housing, Big Sunday, Thru Guidance, Tel Aviv Foundation, and IsraAid. In the Spring of 2020, at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Liz started the Make More Masks Campaign aimed to keep those most vulnerable in our communities safe and healthy and to provide protection for frontline workers.
Thanks to the tremendous amount of support and partnerships with elected officials and non-profit organizations, the Make More Masks Campaign was able to make and distribute over 100,000 masks. Liz has served as the Chair of Board at Oakwood School, a private elementary and secondary school in North Hollywood, from 2012-2015, amongst her twenty years as a board-member. She served on Hillary for America’s National Finance Committee, Biden for President’s National Finance Committee, and from 2018-2021, as a Deputy Finance Chair for the Democratic National Committee. Liz has hosted, curated, and spoke at over 100 events in support of Democratic candidates and organizations, many of which took place at her Los Angeles home prior to the pandemic. Liz is a proud mother of five diverse, wonderful, and interesting young adults.