At the USC Marshall Lloyd Greif Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, Tom Schiff learned a mindset that set him apart and embued him with desire to better impact the world.
Born in New York, Tom Schiff moved to Los Angeles in 1975. He graduated from USC Business School in 1982 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. As a graduate of the first class of the Entrepreneur program, Tom learned the intricacies of starting a business from the ground up. After graduation, He focused on his career as a land manager in the oil and gas division for the Marvin Davis Company. Tom became Vice President of their Real Estate Division before going out on his own to create a Real Estate finance company which focused on commercial, residential,and distressed debt.
Tom Schiff is currently the managing partner at Schiff Capital Investments and spends a majority of his time doing various philanthropic endeavors. He has been married for over 25 years and has two grown children.
The Tom Schiff Family places a high value on philanthropy and community participation.
Tom is a member of the Board of Directors of JVS SoCal. He serves on the Executive Committee and as co-chair of the Development Committee. JVS SoCal is a charity that focuses on empowering individuals through its various programs to help individuals achieve dignity and economic independence through sustainable employment.
Utilizing his success in the financial industry, Tom Schiff spends time teaching and mentoring in the BankWork$®. program. BankWorks prepares job seekers for positions in banking as a first step on the career ladder in the financial services industry. This intensive eight-week program offers job training, job placement assistance and ongoing coaching for career advancement. BankWorks has achieved a solid track record in the placement and retention rates of its graduates.
Tom is also a member of the board of directors of Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters Los Angeles. As a past chair of the of the camp committee for Camp Bob Waldorf, he believes that children should always have a safe and nurturing environment for personal growth. Owned and operated by the Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles, Camp Bob Waldorf is a non-denominational residential summer camp for campers ages 9-15 that fosters growth and development in a safe, fun and nurturing environment. Thorough its various programs, Camp Bob Waldorf provides for over 1000 undeserved children each year at their 115 acre site in the foothills of Glendale.
Tom is also very involved in the fundraising for the Rape Treatment Center Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center. Nationally recognized as a model for the care and treatment of rape victims, and for its exemplary prevention and education programs, the RTC has changed the nation’s consciousness about rape.
As a financial and fundraising advocate for the Stuart House for the past 20 years, Tom Schiff has launched and funds a dual agency program providing victims of abuse the opportunity to attend summer camp at Camp Bob Waldorf. A model program serving sexually abused children, Stuart House was created to remedy these problems. It brings together, in a “one-stop,” child-friendly facility, services of the Rape Treatment Center, law enforcement agencies, the District Attorney’s Office, and the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS). Specially trained personnel from these agencies are co-located at Stuart House and work as a multidisciplinary team to investigate cases and ensure that children are not re-victimized by the system. Children are seen immediately and have access to comprehensive treatment, including 24-hour emergency medical care, expert forensic/evidentiary examinations, advocacy, crisis intervention, and long-term therapy services that child victims need to recover from the traumatic effects of sexual abuse. A child interview specialist conducts forensic interviews and trained advocates provide Court School and court accompaniment for children who testify in criminal proceedings. All of these services are free to the children and families that are served.
Tom is also on the Board Of Directors of the University of Southern California Hillel. Hillel’s mission is to enrich the lives of Jewish undergraduate and graduate students so that they may enrich the Jewish people and the world.