President and CEO
Rabbi Marc Baker joined CJP as of July 1, 2018. Prior to this, he spent 11 years as the Head of Gann Academy. A native of Lynnfield, Massachusetts, Marc attended Phillips Academy Andover and received his bachelor’s degree in religious studies from Yale University. Marc spent four years studying at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem where he was a pioneer of the Pardes Educators Program. He received a master’s degree in Jewish education from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and his rabbinic ordination from Rabbi Danny Landes of Pardes. He is a 2011 recipient of The Pomegranate Prize from The Covenant Foundation. Marc speaks, writes, and teaches about leadership, and, for the past several years, has served as scholar-in-residence for CJP’s Cynthia and Leon Shulman Acharai Leadership Program. Marc lives in Brookline with his wife, Jill, and their four children.
Chair, Board of Directors
Cindy Janower is a self-employed business strategy consultant who works with companies and non-profit organizations to develop growth strategies and manage organizational change. Prior to starting her own consulting practice, Cindy worked for the Boston Consulting Group, a global consultancy, until 2004, spending six years as a consultant and then designing and managing a training program for BCG's Boston office. Cindy also spent one year working at a biopharmaceutical startup company, ActiveCyte, and initially started her career with a smaller consulting firm, Corporate Decisions, Inc. On the Board of CJP since 2010, Cindy served as Secretary of the Board since 2014. She most recently co-chaired CJP’s 2017 Strategic Plan and our 2015 Community Study and served on the President Search Committee, the Commission for Strategic Priorities, and a Tzedek task force. During her long tenure as a CJP volunteer, Cindy co-chaired CJP’s merger with the North Shore Federation, our review of our approach to Capacity Funding and our Day School Education Commission and participated in several additional planning task forces. She also participated in partner reviews for both the JCC and Jewish Big Brother Big Sister.
Beyond CJP, Cindy served as Board Chair of the Rashi School for four years, overseeing its move to a state-of-the-art facility in Dedham and successful investment of $9.2 million in Peerless Excellence Funds. She also served on the North American Board of the Union for Reform Judaism and on the governance committee for the JCC. Outside of the Jewish community, Cindy and her husband, Andrew, founded A Kids Brain Tumor Cure and take an active interest in several secular non-profits focused on education, especially for youth at risk. On a personal level, Cindy was born in Haifa and raised in Cleveland, OH, where she attended an Orthodox day school before transferring to public high school. She holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School, a B.A. in English from the University of Pennsylvania, and a B.S.E. with a concentration in Management from the Wharton School. She is also a graduate of CJP’s Cynthia and Leon Shulman Acharai Leadership Program, Me’ah, and Ikkarim. Cindy and Andrew have three daughters, all of whom are proud Rashi graduates. They belong to both Temple Israel in Boston and Temple Beth Elohim in Wellesley. In her spare time Cindy loves to travel, read, and stay fit.
Chair, 2019 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 A.B. 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, 2019 Annual Campaign
Marjorie W. Patkin has over 25 years of development and special events experience at the University of Pennsylvania, Harvard Law School, and the Peabody Essex Museum. Currently, she manages a college admissions consulting practice. Previously, Marjorie served as Executive Director, Board of Associate Alumni Trustees for the University of Pennsylvania, and Director of Admissions for Epstein Hillel Academy.
At CJP, Marjorie is Co-chair of the 2019 Annual Campaign, a member of the North Shore Planning Committee, and a member of the Development and Governance and Nominating committees. She also served as the former Chair of the North Shore Development Committee and was a member on the CJP/JFNS Merger Task Force and North Shore Advisory Committee. Prior to the merger, at JFNS, she served as President of the Women’s Division and as Campaign Chair. She is also a member of the Trustees Council of Penn Women at the University of Pennsylvania, serving as Chair of the Development and Leadership Committees. She is a member of the Epstein Hillel Academy Trustees Leadership Council and sits on the Governance, Development, Gala and Engagement Committees.
Marjorie received the CJP Superstar award in 2013, and from JFNS, received the Edith Bloch Award from the Women’s Division, as well as the Michael Steinberg Leadership Award.
A native of Longmeadow, Marjorie currently resides in Swampscott with her husband, Randall, and is a member of Congregation Shirat Hayam. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and is mother to Brooke (who is involved with CJP’s Young Adult Initiative) and Alex.
Chair, 2019 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 a Co-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.
Cynthia R. Janower, Chair
Howard Rubin, Treasurer
Amy S. Berylson, Secretary
Bradley M. Bloom*
Michael J. Bohnen*
Marsha R. Cohen
Diane J. Exter
David J. Fine
Catharyn B. Gildesgame**
Lawrence J. Goodman
Judith A. Kaye
Amy B. Klein
Daniel A. Kraft
Steven D. Krichmar
Michael J. Mufson
Charles L. Myers
Dale S. Okonow
Marjorie W. Patkin
Sari Anne Rapkin*
Dena Boronkay Rashes
Shepard M. Remis
Aviva E. Sapers
Steven G. Segal
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.
Michelle R. Black – Chair, Governance and Nominating Committee
Judith T. Sydney – President, Women’s Philanthropy
Zachary Wainwright – Co-chair, Executive Committee on Young Adults
Lisa F. Wallack – Co-chair, Annual Campaign
|Rabbi Marc Baker||President and CEO|
|Judy Shapiro||Chief Operating Officer|
|David Strong||Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer|
|Elisa Deener-Agus||Vice President, Strategic Initiatives|
|Amy Mitman||Vice President, Development|
|Julie Somers||Vice President, Marketing|
|Heidi Werther||Vice President, Human Resources|