Barak Raviv currently serves as Senior Vice President and Portfolio Management Director in Beverly Hills. In 20 years, he has risen through the ranks of the industry and has become a leader in financial services for high net worth individuals. With a passion for real estate, Barak began investing in duplexes and homes in Texas in his 20’s. Along the way, Barak has been an active philanthropist, supporting a wide range of causes in service to the Jewish community.
The Barak Raviv Foundation was established in 2007 to provide financial support to a broad array of causes, including cancer research, poverty alleviation, and access to healthcare (www.barakravivfoundation.org). Today he serves as Chair of the Advisory Council for Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem and sits on the Board of Directors for the American Technion Society. Previously, Barak served as the Western Region President of Magen David Adom, Israel’s equivalent of the Red Cross. During the 2006 Lebanon War, he coordinated the purchase of a Mobile Intensive Care Unit, and has since shipped two more ambulances to Israel. Barak served as 2nd Lieutenant in the Civil Air Patrol, and today is a Mission Command Pilot for Angel Flight West, providing air transportation for passengers with critical healthcare needs. In 2016, Barak donated his first aircraft to Kitty Hawk Squadron III, a youth flight school that offers teenagers the dream of flight.
Barak currently serves on the board of the North American Conference on Ethiopian Jewry, sponsoring two annual college scholarships, and has long been passionate about fighting hunger and disease in developing countries. In 2008, he visited the NACOEJ compound in Gondar and filmed the organization’s charity work. That same year, he sponsored the construction of a water-well for a school district in sub-Saharan Africa. A project of the Jewish Federation and the Joint Distribution Committee, the well today provides a local Ethiopian community with access to clean drinking water.
In 2013, the Barak Raviv Foundation dedicated a schoolhouse in Ethiopia’s Gebru Warka village, which serves 200 students and provides a community center for the local population. In Israel, his foundation has partnered up with the Jewish Agency’s Amigour program to build and fortify two bomb shelters. Barak has been involved with the Jewish Federation and served as Chair of the Finance & Investment Division. In 2013, Barak became one of the youngest members of AIPAC’s Tomorrow Campaign with a legacy gift for Israel’s future. Today he serves on the Board of Governors at City of Hope, as well as on the boards of Sheba Medical Center, StandWithUs, UCLA Hillel, Jewish Life Television and Keshet Chaim Dance Ensemble. He is passionate about giving back and takes pride in his service to the community. Most recently, he dedicated a children’s hospital room at Shaare Zedek’s new pediatric ward.
In his spare time, Barak enjoys sports and fitness activities, and often flies his aircraft on beautiful Southern California weekends. Originally from New York, Barak lived in Israel for six years before moving to Los Angeles at the age of nine. Barak attended UCLA, graduating as Valedictorian in Communications studies with a Specialization in Business Administration.