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 he 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 Birthright Israel and has worked to send 11,000 Boston-area college students on free trips to Israel. CJP's IACT 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 he 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, and 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, 2018 Annual Campaign
Darren Black is driven by his belief in giving back to his community, and he 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 Boston's 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 has 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.
Chair, 2018 Annual Campaign
Lisa Wallack has helped to guide CJP’s course as a volunteer for more than 20 years, which has proven to be an integral part of CJP’s success. Lisa has held nearly every leadership position at CJP, including co-chair of the 2011 and 2018 campaigns and co-chair of the Cynthia and Leon Shulman Acharai Leadership Program (2013-2014). She has also chaired CJP's Governance and Nominating Committee, Israel Advocacy Committee, Boston-Haifa Connection and Day School Education Commission, and has been a long-standing member of CJP's Board of Directors, Committee on Development, and Commission on Strategic Priorities. In addition to co-chairing the annual campaign, Lisa is currently Chair of the Strategic Israel Engagement Committee. Additionally, Lisa is a recipient of the Young Leadership Award as well as the Circle of Excellence Award for Growth, and is a graduate of the Cynthia and Leon Shulman Acharai Leadership Program (2006-2007) and UJC’s National Young Leadership Cabinet.
In the community, Lisa is also an active leader at The Rashi School, Gann Academy, AIPAC and JDRF (the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation), where she serves as President of the New England Chapter and as a member of the International Board of Directors. With her husband, Neil, Lisa co-chaired, JDRF’s Israel Initiative to support diabetes research in Israel. Lisa holds a B.A. from The University of Pennsylvania and a J.D. summa cum laude from Yeshiva University. She and Neil, along with their 3 children (who attend/ed Gann Academy and The Rashi School), are residents of Weston, and members of Temple Beth Elohim.
Neil A. Wallack, Chair
Cynthia R. Janower, First Vice Chair and Secretary
Howard Rubin, Treasurer
Susan B. Ain
Amy S. Berylson
Michelle R. Black
Bradley M. Bloom*
Michael J. Bohnen*
Marsha R. Cohen
Diane J. Exter
David J. Fine**
Lawrence J. Goodman
Jill I. Hai
Douglass E. Karp
Judith A. Kaye**
Amy B. Klein
Daniel A. Kraft
Steven D. Krichmar
Michael J. Mufson
Charles L. Myers
Dale S. Okonow
Sari Anne Rapkin*
Dena Boronkay Rashes
Shepard M. Remis
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
Lisa F. Wallack – Co-chair, Annual Campaign
Judith T. Sydney – President, Women’s Philanthropy
Zachary Wainwright – Co-chair, Executive Committee on Young Adults
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