JCC's Mark Shapiro Extends Contract

November 10, 2017

The Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center (JCC)’s Board of Directors announced that JCC President & Chief Executive Officer Mark Shapiro has signed a contract extension to continue serving as the head of the non-profit, social services agency. The extension, which goes into effect immediately, ensures that Shapiro will lead the $13 million dollar wellness, education, and community services organization through 2022.

“This is a good day for both the Milwaukee Jewish community and the Jewish Community Center,” said Board Chairman Jamie Miller.  “This contract is a testament to Mark’s commitment to our inclusive mission, the exceptional performance of the JCC under his leadership, and the board’s optimism for continued community service in the years ahead.”

“I say every day that I’m blessed to be the President & Chief Executive Officer of the JCC – and today is no exception, “said Shapiro.  “To be a member of this community, entrusted with the resources and obligations to bring this great mission to Milwaukee – and alongside friends and family throughout this community – is among the greatest honors of my life.  Milwaukee, Jewish and beyond, is a special place - and I am humbled at the opportunity to serve it.”

Shapiro was named President & Chief Executive Officer in November, 2014, having most recently served the JCC as Executive Director (2009) and Associate Executive Director (2004.) Prior to joining the Milwaukee JCC, Shapiro served as Assistant Director of JCC Camp Chi in Chicago, was Director of the Perlstein Resort and Conference Center, and owned a small business in the private sector.  A member of the Jewish Community Centers of North America’s Board of Directors, Shapiro studied Psychology at Indiana University, and lives in Bayside with his wife and daughters.

“With Mark’s vision and leadership, our JCC has established itself among the highest performing and most respected in the entire country,” added Miller.   “From great moments like hosting the JCC Maccabi Games in 2015, to the steady improvement in operations and business growth, to establishing the JCC as a destination for philanthropic investment and partnership – Mark has built a team that is prepared to serve the community in new and diverse ways.  Extending his contract allows the entire community to know Mark will be here, setting a course for all of Milwaukee to embrace our shared values through exceptional services.”