Rabbi Marc Baker

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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.