Mark S. Young is passionate about advancing effective educational leadership in Jewish life. As managing director of the JTS Davidson School Leadership Commons, Mark builds relationships with community foundations, federations, and practitioners across the continent to make the Leadership Commons a space where “thinkers, doers, and visionaries” from all corners of Jewish education come together to learn, create, and collaborate for the common good of the Jewish people in North America.
Mark previously served as The Davidson School’s director of Alumni Engagement, launching new initiatives to benefit its 1,000 alumni, including the school’s recent 20th anniversary alumni celebration. Mark also served as program coordinator of the school’s Experiential Learning Initiative, launching the Jewish Experiential Leadership Institute (JELI) for JCC professionals and advancing experiential learning within the school’s MA program.
Prior to joining JTS, Mark served as assistant director of human resources for Episcopal Social Services (ESS), human resources and volunteer programs manager for the 92nd Street Y, and head song-leader and Jewish educator for the Mandel JCC Camp Wise in northeast Ohio.
Mark serves on the board of JPRO Network and regularly publishes on how to best retain and invest in Jewish educators, including his $54,000 Strategy series on eJewishPhilanthropy and his 2016 ELI Talk: Mah Tovu.
Mark holds an MPA in Nonprofit Management and an MA in Hebrew and Judaic Studies from NYU as well as a BS in Psychology and Economics from McGill University.
The Podcast Episode:
In this episode Mark and I discuss his vocal work on compensation in the Jewish community in light of his recent article (co-authored by Tehliah Eisenstadt) in E-Jewish Philanthropy “Let Us Not Ask about Current Salary, We Should Not Care: A Concrete Step for the Jewish sector to Move Towards Pay Equity”.