Rachel Garbow Monroe began her term as President and CEO of the Weinberg Foundation in February of 2010 after serving as the Foundation’s first Chief Operating Officer from 2005-2010. During her tenure at the Foundation, significant changes have taken place, including retention of a team of more than 30 professional staff to execute the work of the Foundation as well as the creation and launch of several new Foundation initiatives, including the Weinberg Foundation Annual Community Gathering, the Israel Mission Alumni Scholars Program, the Annual Employee Giving Program, and the Small Grants Program.
More recently, Monroe helped conceive and launch the Baltimore Elementary and Middle School Library Project (The Weinberg Library Project). This initiative, involving more than 40 businesses, nonprofits, and government partners, works with Baltimore City Public Schools to design, build, equip, and staff new or renovated school libraries where existing public funding can be leveraged. After an initial commitment from the Foundation, and with the success of this initiative in just its first year, the Foundation announced it will provide $10 million in funding to build a total of 24 new libraries. The first 13 libraries, serving approximately 6,000 children, have already opened, and one more is scheduled to open in September 2017.
Monroe’s previous professional roles include serving as the Chief Operating Officer for The Associated Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, the Worldwide Director of Marketing for the international architectural firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, and as the marketing manager for the Jewish Community Centers of Chicago. For five years, Monroe served as an adjunct professor at The Johns Hopkins University teaching a graduate nonprofit marketing course at the University’s Institute for Policy Studies. Previous volunteer leadership roles included serving on the boards of the Greater Baltimore Committee, the Ronald McDonald House of Maryland, and Timber Grove Elementary PTA. Monroe’s most meaningful volunteer work includes serving as an interviewer of candidates applying to Northwestern University.
Monroe was honored as 2016 CEO of the Year by SmartCEO magazine. In 2012, she was named to the Forward 50, the news magazine’s list of the fifty Jewish-Americans “who have made a significant impact on the Jewish story in the past year.” She has previously been recognized by The Daily Record as a 2010 Influential Marylander, as one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women three times (2011, 2009, and 2007) which placed Rachel in the “Circle of Excellence,” and “40 Under 40” by the Baltimore Business Journal (2006). Monroe is a graduate of the Wexner Heritage Program, the United Jewish Communities Mandel Executive Development Program, and the Leadership Program of the Greater Baltimore Committee.
Monroe earned a B.A. from Northwestern University and an MM (MBA) from the J.L. Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, where she majored in marketing and nonprofit management. Monroe is married with three children.