She is filling the vacancy left by former Senior Vice President Gary P. Saltzman of Centennial, Colo., who was recently appointed and confirmed as chairman of the executive.
Klein has a long and active history with B’nai B’rith International, serving the organization in myriad positions. Most recently, she has served as national leadership chair, with the task of increasing participation in the organization, especially among women.
Active in all aspects of B’nai B’rith, Klein recently helped ensure a Los Angeles-area award dinner was a great success by inviting guests, contacting political leaders to serve on the tribute committee and obtaining a proclamation entitled, “Certificate of Congratulations” from Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa for honoree Alan J. Fuerstman, Montage Hotels & Resorts founder and chief executive officer.
Klein is actively involved in B’nai B’rith’s partnership with Jewish fraternity Alpha Epsilon Pi, and also serves on the Executive Committee, the Board of Governors, is a member of the Henry Monsky Foundation, the Strategic Planning Committee and is a trustee of the B’nai B’rith Foundation of the United States. She has been chair of both the Center for Senior Services and the Label A. Katz Young Leadership Awards committee.
Recently, Klein chaired and moderated a highly successful program on the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire. Klein brought this program to the West Coast, found a partner organization and created a set of accompanying educational materials. Klein also chaired the B’nai B’rith leadership training weekend in Tucson, Ariz., in September 2010. The program is a vital give-and-take opportunity for leaders at B’nai B’rith housing units worldwide to share best practices.
Klein has represented B’nai B’rith on an international level, traveling to the B’nai B’rith Australia/New Zealand district convention in Canberra, Australia.
In 1988, she and her husband helped found a married couples unit in Southern California. In 1994, Klein was named one of 150 Outstanding Volunteers in the Los Angeles area on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of B’nai B’rith.
Klein has been married for 47 years to Howard S. Klein. They have two children and two grandchildren. Until 2004, Klein managed the Law Offices of Howard S. Klein.