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President and CEO
Rabbi Marc Baker, CJP’s President and CEO, has spent most of his life in Greater Boston’s Jewish community. An organizational leader and educator, Marc served as Head of School at Gann Academy, Greater Boston’s pluralistic Jewish high school, for 11 years prior to joining CJP. A native of Lynnfield, Marc was active in the JCC and at Camp Bauercrest throughout his childhood. He lived in Jerusalem for four years, studying at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies and The Hebrew University. Marc regularly speaks, writes, and teaches about Judaism, the Jewish community, and leadership. For the past several years he served as scholar-in-residence for CJP’s Cynthia and Leon Shulman Acharai Leadership Program. Marc attended Phillips Academy Andover and received his bachelor’s degree in religious studies from Yale University. He lives in Brookline with his wife, Jill, and their four children.
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Chair, Board of Directors
Shira Goodman is a long-time leader at CJP. She most recently co-chaired CJP’s President Search Committee and co-chaired their 2018 Strategic Plan immediately before. Shira served on CJP’s Board of Directors from 2009-2018, and has also served on the Commission on Strategic Priorities, the Organizational Development Committee, the Budget & Administration Committee, and several day school committees. She rejoined the CJP Board of Directors in 2019 as the Vice Chair to prepare for her tenure as Board Chair beginning in September 2020.
Much of Shira’s Jewish communal work has been in the education arena. Shira was President of the Board of Trustees for Solomon Schechter Day School of Greater Boston, served as Vice President of the Gann Academy Board of Trustees and was an active member of the Board of the Slifka Center for Jewish Life at Yale. She currently sits on the Harvard University Finance Committee.
Shira is an Advisory Director at Charlesbank Capital Partners and sits on the boards of directors of Carmax, Henry Schein, and CBRE.
Before becoming an Advisory Director at Charlesbank Capital Partners, Shira was the CEO of Staples where she held a variety of positions over 26 years. Shira began her career at Bain & Company. She holds a B.A. from Princeton University, an M.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Sloan School of Management, and a J.D. from Harvard University. She lives in Newton with her husband, Rabbi Wesley Gardenswartz, and has three children.
Chair, 2021 Annual Campaign
Originally from New Jersey, Jessica has lived in Boston for more than 20 years with her husband, Chuck. She has been an active member of the Jewish community for almost that long and is committed to philanthropy both locally and abroad. Currently, Jessica is an active volunteer at The Rashi School, where she is currently serves as the Co-chair of the Parent Ambassador Program and on the Yachad Parent Committee. She is also serving on the Campaign Cabinet for the Derech L'Atid Capital Campaign at her synagogue, Temple Beth Elohim in Wellesley. Jessica is a member of the Board of the Directors of the American Joint Distribution Committee (JDC). She participated in CJP’s Cynthia and Leon Shulman Acharai Leadership Program in 2017 to 2018. Jessica served on the Women’s Philanthropy Board for five years, Co-chaired The Jaffa Society, received the 2012 Annual Campaign Superstar Award, and was an Honoree at Chai in the Hub’s first cohort in 2013.
Jessica works part-time as a librarian at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston and holds a MA in Library Science from Simmons University. She also earned an MA in Art Business from Sotheby’s Institute of Art in London and a BA in Art History from the University of Pennsylvania.
Jessica lives outside of Boston with her husband, Chuck, and three sons. Her family also has an adorable Cavalier King Charles Spaniel named Ziggy.
Honorary Chair, 2021 Annual Campaign
Adam L. Suttin has been an active lay leader in the Boston Jewish community for more than a decade. He has served as a CJP board member since 2012 and currently is the Co-chair of the 2020 Annual Campaign and a member of the CJP Budget and Administration and Development Committees.
Adam is the immediate past President of the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of Boston and continues to serve on their board. He also recently completed his term as Treasurer of Gann Academy and remains a Trustee of the school. He is a former member of the Board of Directors for Jewish Vocational Service (JVS) in Boston.
He also serves his community as a long-term volunteer with the Greater Boston Jewish Coalition for Literacy and works with students in the Waltham Public Schools and is a graduate of the CJP Cynthia and Leon Shulman Acharai Leadership Program.
Adam is the Managing Partner of Prospect Hill Growth Partners, a private equity firm that he co-founded in 1995 and is a director of six companies that are in the Prospect Hill portfolio. Prior to founding Prospect Hill, Adam was with Thomas H. Lee Company.
He received a Bachelor of Science degree in economics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and a Bachelor of Applied Science from the Moore School of Engineering of the University of Pennsylvania. He lives in Newton with his wife Hope and has three children.
Shira Goodman, Chair
Cynthia R. Janower, Immediate Past Board Chair
Elizabeth Jick, Treasurer
Amy S. Berylson, Secretary
William R. Adler
David B. Aronoff**
Bradley M. Bloom*
Michael J. Bohnen*
Howard E. Cohen**
Diane J. Exter
David J. Fine
Catharyn B. Gildesgame
Judith A. Kaye
Amy B. Klein
Daniel A. Kraft
Steven D. Krichmar
Joshua D. Margolis**
Dale S. Okonow
Marjorie W. Patkin
Sari Anne Rapkin*
Dena Boronkay Rashes
Aviva E. Sapers
Paula L. Sidman
Laurene M. Sperling
Adam L. Suttin
Neil A. Wallack*
**Incoming Board Member
The leaders below are invited to sit on the Board of Directors as non-voting members.
Laurie Gliklich – President, Women’s Philanthropy
Jessica R. Myers – Co-chair, Annual Campaign
Adam Eisenberg – Co-Chair, Executive Committee on Young Adults
|Rabbi Marc Baker||President and CEO|
|Sarah Abramson||Senior Vice President, Strategy and Impact|
|David Strong||Chief Financial Officer|
|Jennifer Weinstock||Senior Vice President, Philanthropy|
|Rachael Weisz||Chief People Officer|