In 2006, Mr. Raviv coordinated the purchase of a Mobile Intensive Care Unit Ambulance to help save lives in Israel. Today he serves as the L.A. President of Magen David Adom, Israel’s equivalent of the Red Cross. In 2007, he established the Barak Raviv Foundation to provide financial support to a wide array of causes, including cancer research, poverty prevention, and health-related charities (www.barakravivfoundation.org). To attract potential donors to the national bone marrow registry, he has organized registration drives at community festivals. A licensed pilot for 15 years, Mr. Raviv is a Mission Command Pilot for Angel Flight West, providing air transportation for passengers with critical healthcare needs. He currently serves as the National Vice President of the North American Conference on Ethiopian Jewry, sponsoring two annual scholarships, and has long been passionate about fighting hunger and disease in developing countries. In April of 2008, he visited the NACOEJ compound in Gondar and filmed the organization's charity work.
In 2008, Mr. Raviv sponsored the construction of a water-well for a school district in sub-Saharan Africa. A project of the Jewish Federation’s Joint Distribution Committee, the well today provides a local Ethiopian community with access to clean drinking water. Mr. Raviv is involved with the Federation and has served as Chair of the Finance & Investment Division. Today he serves on the boards of the Keshet Chaim Dance Ensemble, Jewish Life Television, and the Advisory Council of Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem
In his spare time, Barak enjoys sports and fitness activities, and often flies his Cessna aircraft on beautiful Southern California weekends. Originally from New York, Barak lived in Israel for six years before moving to Los Angeles with his family more than 25 years ago. A graduate of UCLA, Barak earned his Bachelor’s degree in Communications, with a Specialization in Business Administration.