Alan Riffer

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Alan Riffer, Albany Education Foundation Board of Directors member died Oct. 30 of glioblastoma, a cancerous brain tumor.

Alan joined the AEF Board after serving on the AUSD Board of Education from 1989 – 1996. He brought his skills as a a finance MBA and CPA to the Albany Education Foundation, serving as treasurer until he became ill in 2015.

Born and raised in Cleveland, he earned his bachelor's degree in sociology from Brown University in 1970 and an MBA from the University of Virginia in 1978. He moved to Albany in 1984 where he lived with his wife, Caryl O'Keefe and their 2 children.

After passing the certified public accountant examination (on his first attempt) in 1979 Alan worked for Arthur Anderson, H&R Block and then spent 20 years working in the finance department for the Kaiser Permanente health plan. He was director of financial actuarial services for the California Division when he retired in 2003.

Alan chaired or served on several Albany Unified School District committees such as Program and Budget Task Force, New Revenue Committee, and the Cornell School Site Council, and as a member and chair of the AUSD Measure E Bond Oversight Committee.

He served the City of Albany on the Charter Review Committee and the Parks and Recreation Committee. He added key insights into the City’s contracted library services as member and chair of the Albany Library Board, including representing Albany on the Alameda County Library Advisory Commission.

The Albany Education Foundation was only one of the local community organizations to which Alan gave his energy.  He served as treasurer of the Friends of the Library for almost 25 years.  He was an active participant including service as a board member and treasurer of the Albany Chamber of Commerce, being named the Chamber Citizen of the Year in 2015. Alan shared his finance expertise on the Audit and Investment committees of the Y of the Central Bay Area, which includes the Albany Y.  He and Caryl were generous donors to a wide variety of other local organizations.

Alan’s commitment to the students and teachers in Albany will be missed by AEF.  He was an active participant in all facets of the organization.  He played a key role in the all of AEF’s grants from the behind the scenes organization and implementation to handing out checks to the teachers in their classrooms.  He made delicious cookies for Scoops for Schools and handled all of the financial duties for the Chocolate and Champagne Gala.  He could be seen gift wrapping books at Barnes and Noble each December. Alan was instrumental in the development of the new AEF web site, including the on line grant applications.

AEF echoes this proclamation, “the Albany City Council hereby recognizes the important, significant and valuable contributions that Alan Riffer has made to Albany, and the Bay Area community, and offers Alan Riffer our heartfelt thanks and appreciation.