Barry Shrage has served as president of CJP–Greater Boston's Jewish Federation–since 1987. Under Barry's leadership, CJP is focused on three priorities: Jewish education and engaging future generations, strengthening our connection to Israel through community-to-community and people-to-people partnerships, and caring for the most vulnerable in Greater Boston. He champions true partnerships between CJP, donors and recipient organizations–inspiring the Jewish community to contribute more than $55 million to CJP’s 2015 Annual Campaign.
Barry has been instrumental in the creation of several cutting-edge programs designed to engage the next generation in meaningful Jewish life and create a welcoming, inclusive Jewish community. Projects include Me'ah, an intensive Jewish adult education curriculum; and Parenting Through a Jewish Lens, a Jewish learning program for parents of young children. Pioneered in Boston, both programs are now being replicated nationwide. Barry also spearheaded a successful incentive grant program that supports Jewish overnight camp opportunities for children. He helped Boston's Peerless Excellence and Affordability projects for Jewish day schools, and initiated innovative efforts aimed at strengthening synagogues and synagogue schools.
Barry is one of Israel's most passionate and effective advocates in Boston. More than 20 years ago, he helped establish the Boston-Haifa Connection, a sister city relationship that has resulted in mutually beneficial social programs. Barry was among the first Federation leaders to embrace the power of Taglit-Birthright Israel, and has worked to send 11,000 Boston-area college students on free trips to Israel. CJP's Birthright Israel Campus Initiative has become a national model that empowers students to become lifelong advocates for Israel.
During the recession that began in 2008, Barry helped to develop CJP's Economic Response, which provided additional funding to meet the needs of the most vulnerable, including isolated seniors, immigrants, the unemployed and people with disabilities.
After graduating from City College of New York, Barry earned a master's degree in social work from Boston University. He and his wife, Ellie, live in Newton, where they raised their two children. They have five grandchildren.
Chair, Board of Directors
Neil Wallack is a co-founder and managing director of 1901 Partners, an energy-focused private equity investment firm and the successor organization to ZBI Ventures, the private equity practice of Ziff Brothers Investments, where he served as president from 2007 through 2014. Neil has lived in the Boston area since 1991. Previously, Neil was chair of CJP’s Budget & Administration Committee. He is a graduate of Jewish Federation of North America’s Young Leadership Cabinet and CJP’s Cynthia and Leon Shulman Acharai Leadership Program and has served on the board of Jewish Vocational Service of Boston. He and his wife Lisa are the parents of three children. Their oldest son is a graduate of Gann Academy, the Jewish high school where their other two children are currently enrolled. All three of their children are graduates of the Rashi School. The Wallacks are members of Temple Beth Elohim in Wellesley. In addition to supporting a variety of Jewish causes, Lisa and Neil are very involved with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, where they co-chaired that organization’s Israel Initiative. Neil is a graduate of Yale University (1989) and the Harvard Business School (2003).
Chair, 2017 Annual Campaign
Geraldine Acuña-Sunshine is active throughout Boston as a community leader. She has served on the CJP Board of Directors, and currently serves on CJP’s Committees on Development and Strategic Priorities. Previously, she was a member of CJP’s Downtown Initiative Host Committee and the President’s Circle. She was also a Learning Session Leader for CJP’s 2014 Bring Learning to Life event, and is a graduate of the Cynthia and Leon Shulman Acharai Leadership Program.
Geraldine is a Founding Board Member of the philanthropic foundation SheGives, and serves on the board of The Rashi School, the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee and Congregation Kehillath Israel in Brookline. She also serves on the board of Columbia Law School and is a Director of the Harvard Alumni Association. Previously, she served as Annual Fund Chair for The Rashi School.
Geraldine has a passion for all issues involving global Jewry, next generation/young adult programs and using Jewish learning as a pathway to leading a more meaningful life. She graduated with high honors from Harvard College, the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and as a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar from Columbia Law School. She has practiced corporate and derivatives law for the past 16 years serving as Senior Counsel for Bracebridge Capital, and lives in Boston with her husband and three children.
Chair, 2017 Annual Campaign
Darren Black is driven by his belief in giving back to his community, and has been an influential leader at CJP for more than 15 years. During that time, he has served in many volunteer capacities, including as the chair of the Commission on Caring and Social Justice, the Commission on Strategic Priorities, the Committee on Development, and the Special Committee on Core Allocations. Darren is a graduate of the Cynthia and Leon Shulman Acharai Leadership Program. In addition, he sits on the board of Jewish Community Relations Council, previously served on the boards of Jewish Vocational Service and Jewish Family & Children’s Service, and has taken several active roles at Temple Beth Elohim.
Darren joined Summit Partners in 2013 and focuses primarily on the healthcare and life sciences sector. Prior to Summit, Darren was a managing partner with SV Life Sciences, where he focused on healthcare services, healthcare information technology and pharmaceutical services. He served on the boards of numerous healthcare growth businesses. Prior to SV Life Sciences, Darren was co-founder and president of two specialty contract research companies.
Darren currently serves on the boards of ABILITY Network, DMG Practice Management Solutions, PharmScript, Thrive Skilled Pediatric Care and Paradigm Outcomes.
Darren holds an AB in government from Harvard College and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Darren and his wife live in Waban with their four children.
Neil A. Wallack, Chair
Howard Rubin, Treasurer
Cynthia R. Janower, Secretary
Susan B. Ain
Nancy Kaplan Belsky
Amy S. Berylson
Michelle R. Black
Bradley M. Bloom*
Michael J. Bohnen*
Marsha R. Cohen
Diane J. Exter
Lawrence J. Goodman
Lawrence D. Greenberg
Jill I. Hai
Douglass E. Karp
Amy B. Klein**
Daniel A. Kraft
Steven D. Krichmar
Jonathan P. Levitt
Michael J. Mufson
Charles L. Myers
Dale S. Okonow
Sari Anne Rapkin*
Dena Boronkay Rashes
Shepard M. Remis
Philip R. Rosenblatt
Jonathan M. Sandler
Aviva E. Sapers
Steven G. Segal
Paula L. Sidman
Robert J. Small
Laurene M. Sperling
Adam L. Suttin
**Incoming Board Member
The leaders below are invited to sit on the Board of Directors as non-voting members.
Darren Black – Co-Chair, Annual Campaign
Emily Leventhal – Co-Chair, Executive Committee on Young Adults
Judith Sydney – President, Women's Philanthropy
|Gil Preuss||Executive Vice President|
|Judy Shapiro||Chief Operating Officer|
|Zamira Korff||Senior Vice President, Strategic Philanthropy|
|David Strong||Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer|
|Andi Pollinger||Vice President Planning|
|Julie E. Somers||Vice President Marketing|