President and CEO
As President and CEO of Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston (CJP), Marc leads the organization in its mission to inspire Jewish life and ignite positive change in Greater Boston, in Israel, and across the globe. He champions CJP’s efforts to build partnerships, develop resources, mobilize volunteers, and put innovative philanthropy into practice.
Founded over 125 years ago, CJP is ranked by the Boston Business Journal as Massachusetts’ largest nonprofit organization, investing and managing philanthropic assets valued at $2.4 billion. Under Marc’s leadership over the last four years, CJP has raised more than $200 million in annual support and $17 million in emergency funds for COVID-19 relief, humanitarian support for Ukraine, and immigrant and refugee crises.
Leading with compassion and integrity, Marc welcomes and encourages the inclusion of diverse voices and perspectives. He collaborates with leaders, volunteers, and community partners to advance CJP’s strategic priorities of caring for the most vulnerable, creating broad and deep engagement with Jewish life, enhancing connections to Israel and the Jewish People, and ensuring a thriving and sustainable Boston Jewish community. Marc regularly writes, speaks, and teaches about leadership, community, and civic life, bringing the voice of Jewish tradition to contemporary issues.
Marc graduated from Yale University in 1997 with a Bachelor of Arts in religious studies and received his Master’s in Jewish education from The Hebrew University in 2002. He was ordained by Rabbi Daniel Landes, former Director of the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem. Before coming to CJP, Marc served as Head of School at Gann Academy, in Waltham. In 2011, he received The Pomegranate Prize from The Covenant Foundation which honors and nurtures exceptional, emerging Jewish educators. Born in Lynnfield, Marc currently resides in Brookline with his wife, Jill, and their four children.
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Chair, Board of Directors
Laurene Sperling oversees the investment management of a family office enterprise, which, in addition to growing financial capital also includes Barah Collective LLC, an impact investing entity and the Sperling Family Charitable Foundation. She currently brings her experience in public accounting, corporate finance, investment banking, venture capital, and governance to organizations serving several areas of the social sector.
Laurene chairs the Duke University Board of Trustees and is on the board of Social Finance US. She and her husband Scott have four children and six grandchildren, and live in Wayland.
Chair, 2024 Annual Campaign
Kimberly Slabin Creem lives in Newton with her husband Gary and two children, Jacob, (age 20), Lily, (age 18), and family dog Charlie. Kim has strong roots to Boston, having grown up in a conservative Jewish home in Lynnfield, MA. She received her undergraduate degree in business administration and accounting from the University of Vermont, and an MBA from Boston College.
Professionally, Kim was a CPA, specializing in tax matters for regulated investment companies and partnerships. She spent 26 years at Coopers & Lybrand/PricewaterhouseCoopers, with a 6 year stint at Fidelity Investments.
Philanthropy is an important part of Kim’s life. She has a long-standing relationship with CJP. She began volunteering with CJP over 30 years ago, chairing the Ben Gurion Society, sitting on both the YLD and Women’s Philanthropy Boards, and working as a campaigner. Kim co-chaired both the Pomegranate Event and Lawyers & Accountants Dinner and served on the Budget & Administration committee. She is currently the co-chair of the annual campaign, a member of the nominating and governance committee, a member of the committee for strategic priorities, and a member of the Campaign Cabinet.
Kim and her family have been members of Temple Emanuel in Newton for 20 years, where they have served on a variety of committees, including being a board member, sisterhood president, religious school chair, and annual appeal committee member. Kim is an executive board member of JF&CS, the chair of the nominating and governance committee, and a member of the development committee. She is also a member of the JVS scholarship committee. Lastly, as Kim’s mother has lived with Parkinson’s disease for over 30 years, she was a board member of the Massachusetts Parkinson’s Disease Association and remains an avid fundraiser for them. She was also a member of the 2017-18 Acharai class and completed the 2 year Me’ah Program/Select classes.
Chair, 2024 Annual Campaign
David Adler is a partner in the Boston office of the international law firm Jones Day, where he has more than 30 years of experience in representing financial-market and other corporate clients in complex litigation, regulatory, and advisory matters. David moved to Jones Day’s Boston office from its Cleveland, Ohio, office in July 2019.
In Cleveland, David served for many years on the Board of Trustees of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland. His roles with the Cleveland Federation also included, among others, serving as the chair of the Annual Campaign for Jewish Needs, chair of the Development Committee, vice chair of the Community Relations Committee, co-chair (with his wife, Hedy) of the Israel at 60 Committee, and as a member of the Executive, Allocations, Audit, Retirement Fund Investment, and Awards committees. Also in Cleveland, David was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Mount Sinai Healthcare Foundation and the Wain Family Foundation, and an officer of Park Synagogue.
In Boston, David serves as a member of CJP’s Committee on Development, Campaign Cabinet, and as a co-chair of CJP’s Hineni Volunteer Network. David is also a member of Boston’s Jewish Family & Children’s Service’s Human Rights Committee.
David and Hedy live in Newton with their three dogs. They also have three adult children, two of whom live in the Boston area, and one who they hope will move to Boston in time.
Laurene Sperling, Chair
Shira Goodman, Immediate Past Chair
Jeffrey Wolk, Treasurer
Dena Boronkay Rashes, Secretary
Cynthia R. Janower, Second Immediate Past Chair
William R. Adler
David B. Aronoff
Amy S. Berylson*
Bradley M. Bloom*
Michael J. Bohnen*
Caroline Dorn **
David J. Fine
Tamar Frieze **
Catharyn B. Gildesgame
Amy B. Klein
Adam Koppel **
Joshua D. Margolis
Marjorie W. Patkin
Brett Ponn **
Sari Anne Rapkin*
Monique B. Thompson
B. Andrew Zelermyer
**Incoming Board Member
|Rabbi Marc Baker||President and CEO|
|Sarah Abramson||Executive Vice President, Strategy and Impact|
|Marni Allen||Senior Vice President, Volunteer Mobilization and Leadership|
|Tom O’Reilly||Chief Administrative and Financial Officer|
|Jane Price||Chief Marketing Officer|
|Jennifer Weinstock||Executive Vice President, Philanthropy|