Rachel Garbow Monroe is the president and CEO of The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, one of the largest private foundations in the United States with approximately $2.3 billion in assets and roughly $100 million in grant distributions each year. The Foundation funds nonprofit organizations that provide high-quality direct services to low-income, vulnerable individuals and families. She began her tenure as president in 2010 after serving as the first chief operating officer since 2005.
Under Monroe’s leadership, a team of more than 30 professional staff has been retained to execute the work of the Weinberg Foundation. As president, she has been instrumental in the launch of several new initiatives, including the Biennial Community Gathering, the Israel Mission Alumni Scholars Program, the Biennial Employee Giving Program, and the Small Grants Program.
Notably, Monroe helped conceive and launch the Baltimore Elementary and Middle School Library Project, which boasts $10 million in funding from the Foundation and involves partnering with more than 30 business, nonprofit, and government entities to design, build, equip, and staff as many as 24 school libraries in Baltimore City Public Schools. Fourteen libraries are already open and serve approximately 6,000 children; one more is scheduled to open in the fall of 2018.
Most recently, Monroe led the Weinberg Foundation in partnership with Baltimore’s Mayor Catherine Pugh and City Hall to create the Baltimore City Community Grants Program. With an initial $500,000 commitment from the Weinberg Foundation, this program provides grants of up to $10,000 per year for a maximum of two years to small nonprofits that provide direct services to low-income individuals and families in Baltimore City.
Previous professional roles include 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 marketing manager for the Jewish Community Centers of Chicago. For five years, Monroe also served as an adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University where she taught a graduate nonprofit marketing course at the Institute for Policy Studies.
In 2016, Rachel Monroe was honored as SmartCEO Magazine’s “CEO of the Year.” In 2012, she was named to the Forward 50, the news magazine’s list of the 50 Jewish-Americans “who have made a significant impact on the Jewish story.” Previously, she was recognized by The Daily Record as an Influential Marylander (2010), and as a three-time recipient of Maryland’s Top 100 Women (2011, 2009, and 2007), placing her in the “Circle of Excellence.” In 2006, the Baltimore Business Journal named Monroe to its “40 Under 40” list.
Currently, Monroe volunteers at Northwestern University, and serves on the board of the Center Club in Baltimore. She also holds ex-officio positions with Leading Edge—an unprecedented partnership of Jewish foundations and organizations whose goal is to build a robust talent pipeline for Jewish organizations—and Baltimore’s Promise, a citywide collaborative composed of public, business, higher education, nonprofit, community, and philanthropic leaders. Previously, Monroe served on the boards of the Greater Baltimore Committee, the Ronald McDonald House of Maryland, and Timber Grove Elementary PTA.
Rachel Monroe earned a B.A. from Northwestern University and an M.M. (MBA) from its J.L. Kellogg School of Management, where she majored in marketing and nonprofit management. She is also 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 is married with three children.