About Mark S. Young

Mark S. Young is passionate about strengthening the experience and opportunities for the professionals who help make thriving Jewish community a reality. Mark writes frequently on how to best invest in Jewish professional talent, including his $54,000 Strategy series on ejewishphilanthropy.com and his 2016 ELI Talk: Mah Tovu.

Mark has been the inaugural director of JResponse at JCC Association of North America since July 2019. JResponse is the JCC Association’s signature program that trains and deploys its greatest asset, JCC professionals, to respond to crises and disaster.

Mark previously served the Jewish Theological Seminary for 8 1/2 years, most recently as its Managing Director of its Leadership Commons at the William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education, and previously as the school’s Director of Alumni Engagement and Program Coordinator for its Experiential Learning Initiative. Prior to joining JTS, Mark served in Human Resources, Staff Training, and Programming Roles for for Episcopal Social Services of New York, the 92nd Street Y, and Camp Wise of the Mandel JCC of Cleveland, Ohio.

Mark holds a BS in Psychology and Economics from McGill University, as well as an MPA in Nonprofit Management and an MA in Hebrew and Judaic Studies from New York University. Mark is a board officer of JPRO Network and a past board chair of Advancing Jewish Professionals of NYC (now JPRO NYC), and is a frequent presenter at conferences and events for Jewish Community Professionals.

Mark lives in Hartsdale, NY with his wife, Rabbi Mara Young, and two children, Noah Sadie and Asher Russell.