Isaac Yitzy Schleifer
Isaac Yitzy Schleifer approaches each day with a favorite saying in mind: “The road of life is paved with flat squirrels who couldn’t make a decision.”
For Schleifer, juggling a job as a Baltimore city councilman with his business interests doesn’t allow for many unmade decisions
He built a fundraising software company that works exclusively with nonprofits internationally and across the country to help them become self-sufficient. And he says he puts in 75 hours a week helping his council constituents, dealing with everything from potholes on neighborhood streets to arcane urban policies.
“I get to work on two things I love every day – business and community,” he said.
A graduate of the University of Baltimore Merrick School of Business, Schleifer likes to compete in everything he does. He was a winner in the Startup Maryland UB Venture Pitch and a Gold Helmet Champion in the Tour de Court Basketball/Biking Tournament last year.
Schleifer is active with Associated Jewish Charities and the Cheswolde Neighborhood Association. And he believes that he’s inspired young people by his own example of running and winning a council seat when he was less than three years out of college.
“I started a movement when running for City Council,” he said. “I showed young people across my district to never ‘wait your turn’ to make a difference. I have kids of all ages constantly stopping me in the supermarket and the streets asking me how they can get more involved in making a difference.”