Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees sets policies and strategic direction for the Foundation, approves grantmaking opportunities, and oversees investments to best meet the mission.



Alex R. Berger



Alexander R. Berger is a member of the board of directors of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, a member of the National Council of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, and secretary of the board of directors of the Israel on Campus Coalition. Alex is a former member of the White House staff, hedge fund analyst, start-up founder, and public company executive. 



Alex R. Berger

Alexander R. Berger is a member of the board of directors of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, a member of the National Council of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, and secretary of the board of directors of the Israel on Campus Coalition. Alex is a former member of the White House staff, hedge fund analyst, start-up founder, and public company executive. 

Rabbi Tuvia  Brander



Board member as of Sept. 1, 2017 – Biography coming soon!
 



Rabbi Tuvia  Brander

Board member as of Sept. 1, 2017 – Biography coming soon!
 

Jason Glasgow



Jason is a software engineer at Google. During his 25+ years in the software industry, he has focused on making large systems fast and scalable. For the past five years, he has had a leadership role on the Google Flight Search team.

Jason is a devoted Zionist who first traveled to Israel in 1986 on a five month NFTY trip. After receiving a BS in computer science from Yale, he returned to Israel to pursue a master’s degree in electrical engineering at the Technion. More recently, he spent a year living in Ra’anana. He is a repeat participant in Hazon’s Israel Ride -- a 300 mile fundraising bike ride from Jerusalem to Eilat.

At home, Jason is the father of two high school students and one college student and a college graduate. He is an active member and past treasurer of the Newton Centre Minyan. His wife Dena is the Director of Faculty and Curriculum Development of Adult Learning at Hebrew College and a prior member of the PJ Library Book Selection Committee.




Jason Glasgow

Jason is a software engineer at Google. During his 25+ years in the software industry, he has focused on making large systems fast and scalable. For the past five years, he has had a leadership role on the Google Flight Search team.

Jason is a devoted Zionist who first traveled to Israel in 1986 on a five month NFTY trip. After receiving a BS in computer science from Yale, he returned to Israel to pursue a master’s degree in electrical engineering at the Technion. More recently, he spent a year living in Ra’anana. He is a repeat participant in Hazon’s Israel Ride -- a 300 mile fundraising bike ride from Jerusalem to Eilat.

At home, Jason is the father of two high school students and one college student and a college graduate. He is an active member and past treasurer of the Newton Centre Minyan. His wife Dena is the Director of Faculty and Curriculum Development of Adult Learning at Hebrew College and a prior member of the PJ Library Book Selection Committee.

Harold Grinspoon



Harold Grinspoon is the founder of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation (HGF).

Born in 1929 in Newton, Massachusetts, Harold was teased as a young boy for being one of the few Jewish youths in town. The anti-Semitic insults he endured and the subsequent events of World War II and the Holocaust left an indelible mark that would shape his worldview as both an entrepreneur and philanthropist.

In the early 1960s, Harold’s life changed when he purchased a dilapidated two-family home with money borrowed from an in-law. He repaired the house, rented it out for a profit, and launched a career in real estate that has spanned six decades.

In 1978, Harold met Diane Troderman, a former high school teacher who would become his wife and partner in Jewish charitable giving. A battle with tongue cancer in the 1980s had a dramatic impact on Harold and instilled a desire to find meaning beyond profit making. Harold, who credits his Jewish heritage and the values of Judaism as instrumental in his business success, chose to give back – investing his time, money, and energy into strengthening the Jewish community.

The Harold Grinspoon Foundation (HGF) was established in 1991 with the mission of enhancing Jewish life. The Foundation's philosophy is infused with Harold’s business acumen: visionary ideas, dynamic partnerships, a focus on return on investment, and a drive to understand and meet the needs of people served. To date, the Foundation has invested more than $200 million dollars in Jewish causes, developing successful partnerships with Jewish communal organizations and fellow philanthropists to achieve best results.

In addition to his work with the Foundation, Harold has served as a founding partner and board member for numerous national and international organizations.

In May 2015, Harold joined Warren Buffett and Bill and Melinda Gates in signing the Giving Pledge, a commitment to dedicate the majority of his wealth to philanthropy.

Harold’s passions extend well beyond real estate and Jewish philanthropy. Known for his love of long walks and hiking, he also enjoys dancing, Pilates, and meditation. His passion for the arts find expression in an extensive collection that includes his own work with a series of tree sculptures.

Harold and Diane travel extensively around the world. Between them they have several awards and honorary degrees, as well as six children and eleven grandchildren.




Harold Grinspoon

Harold Grinspoon is the founder of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation (HGF).

Born in 1929 in Newton, Massachusetts, Harold was teased as a young boy for being one of the few Jewish youths in town. The anti-Semitic insults he endured and the subsequent events of World War II and the Holocaust left an indelible mark that would shape his worldview as both an entrepreneur and philanthropist.

In the early 1960s, Harold’s life changed when he purchased a dilapidated two-family home with money borrowed from an in-law. He repaired the house, rented it out for a profit, and launched a career in real estate that has spanned six decades.

In 1978, Harold met Diane Troderman, a former high school teacher who would become his wife and partner in Jewish charitable giving. A battle with tongue cancer in the 1980s had a dramatic impact on Harold and instilled a desire to find meaning beyond profit making. Harold, who credits his Jewish heritage and the values of Judaism as instrumental in his business success, chose to give back – investing his time, money, and energy into strengthening the Jewish community.

The Harold Grinspoon Foundation (HGF) was established in 1991 with the mission of enhancing Jewish life. The Foundation's philosophy is infused with Harold’s business acumen: visionary ideas, dynamic partnerships, a focus on return on investment, and a drive to understand and meet the needs of people served. To date, the Foundation has invested more than $200 million dollars in Jewish causes, developing successful partnerships with Jewish communal organizations and fellow philanthropists to achieve best results.

In addition to his work with the Foundation, Harold has served as a founding partner and board member for numerous national and international organizations.

In May 2015, Harold joined Warren Buffett and Bill and Melinda Gates in signing the Giving Pledge, a commitment to dedicate the majority of his wealth to philanthropy.

Harold’s passions extend well beyond real estate and Jewish philanthropy. Known for his love of long walks and hiking, he also enjoys dancing, Pilates, and meditation. His passion for the arts find expression in an extensive collection that includes his own work with a series of tree sculptures.

Harold and Diane travel extensively around the world. Between them they have several awards and honorary degrees, as well as six children and eleven grandchildren.

Winnie Sandler Grinspoon



Winnie Sandler Grinspoon assumed the role of president in June 2014. Winnie added this role to her long tenure as trustee of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation. Prior to her work in philanthropy, Winnie practiced law, first in New York (Stroock & Stroock & Lavan) and Boston (Kirkpatrick & Lockhart, now K&L Gates), and more recently in her own law practice. Winnie holds a BS from Cornell University and a JD from Fordham University. 



Winnie Sandler Grinspoon

Winnie Sandler Grinspoon assumed the role of president in June 2014. Winnie added this role to her long tenure as trustee of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation. Prior to her work in philanthropy, Winnie practiced law, first in New York (Stroock & Stroock & Lavan) and Boston (Kirkpatrick & Lockhart, now K&L Gates), and more recently in her own law practice. Winnie holds a BS from Cornell University and a JD from Fordham University. 

Jeremy Pava



Jeremy Pava is a senior partner and CFO of Aspen Square Management, a private, national multifamily investment and management company based in West Springfield, Massachusetts. Aspen Square owns more than 18,000 apartment units across the US. Jeremy has been with the firm for more than 30 years. Jeremy and his wife Ann were founders of the Hebrew High School of New England, a regional, Jewish Day High School located in West Hartford, Connecticut, and Jeremy is a past president and continues to serve on the school’s board. Jeremy is active in many national and local Jewish organizations and currently serves on the Board of the International Beit Din and on the Board of the Young Israel of West Hartford. Jeremy is also a founding trustee of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation and has served on the Board and Investment Committee for over 25 years. Jeremy is originally from Springfield, Massachusetts and currently resides in West Hartford, Connecticut. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Brandeis University.



Jeremy Pava

Jeremy Pava is a senior partner and CFO of Aspen Square Management, a private, national multifamily investment and management company based in West Springfield, Massachusetts. Aspen Square owns more than 18,000 apartment units across the US. Jeremy has been with the firm for more than 30 years. Jeremy and his wife Ann were founders of the Hebrew High School of New England, a regional, Jewish Day High School located in West Hartford, Connecticut, and Jeremy is a past president and continues to serve on the school’s board. Jeremy is active in many national and local Jewish organizations and currently serves on the Board of the International Beit Din and on the Board of the Young Israel of West Hartford. Jeremy is also a founding trustee of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation and has served on the Board and Investment Committee for over 25 years. Jeremy is originally from Springfield, Massachusetts and currently resides in West Hartford, Connecticut. He is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Brandeis University.

Marcie Greenfield Simons



Marcie Greenfield Simons spent her first career as a Jewish educator. She was a proud founder of Sinai Academy of the Berkshires (SAB) and held many teaching positions, including at SAB and Congregation Knesset Israel in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. In 2000, Marcie received the Harold Grinspoon National Award for Excellence in Jewish education; soon thereafter, she was invited to join the HGF Board of Trustees. In 2006, she joined the nascent PJ Library team, serving as director of the program from 2007-2013. Marcie considers it an extraordinary honor to be part of this award-winning initiative that has changed the Jewish world.
 
Marcie received chaplaincy training through the Clinical Pastoral Education program at Baystate Medical Center and has been working as an interfaith chaplain at Berkshire Medical Center since 2015. Outside of work, Marcie serves as vice president of education and youth at Congregation Knesset Israel and cherishes living in the Berkshires, where she enjoys hiking, Tanglewood, and theater. She and her husband Richard have two wonderful daughters, a terrific son-in-law and one precious grandson with whom she loves sharing PJ Library stories.
 



Marcie Greenfield Simons

Marcie Greenfield Simons spent her first career as a Jewish educator. She was a proud founder of Sinai Academy of the Berkshires (SAB) and held many teaching positions, including at SAB and Congregation Knesset Israel in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. In 2000, Marcie received the Harold Grinspoon National Award for Excellence in Jewish education; soon thereafter, she was invited to join the HGF Board of Trustees. In 2006, she joined the nascent PJ Library team, serving as director of the program from 2007-2013. Marcie considers it an extraordinary honor to be part of this award-winning initiative that has changed the Jewish world.
 
Marcie received chaplaincy training through the Clinical Pastoral Education program at Baystate Medical Center and has been working as an interfaith chaplain at Berkshire Medical Center since 2015. Outside of work, Marcie serves as vice president of education and youth at Congregation Knesset Israel and cherishes living in the Berkshires, where she enjoys hiking, Tanglewood, and theater. She and her husband Richard have two wonderful daughters, a terrific son-in-law and one precious grandson with whom she loves sharing PJ Library stories.
 

Diane Troderman



Diane Troderman is a well-respected leader in the Jewish world.

In addition to her passionate interest in Jewish education, she has worked on behalf of women's issues and the renaissance and renewal of Jewish life in the former Soviet Union. Diane was the founding chair of the Hadassah Brandeis Institute, where she continues to serve on the board. She also serves on the boards of Israel Sci-Tech; Hebrew Publics – A Hebrew Charter School Network; the Davidson Institute at JTS; the Washington Institute for Near East Policy; and Shalom Learning.

Diane is also the past chair of PEJE (Partnership for excellence in Jewish Education and JESNA (Jewish Educational Service of North America).

Locally, Diane served as past chair of both the Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts and the Hillel House at the University of Massachusetts. She was the founding chair of the Hatikvah Holocaust Education and Resource Center now located on the University of Massachusetts campus.

Diane, together with her husband Harold Grinspoon, has been instrumental in the growth of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, where she now serves as a trustee and participates in the PJ Library Book Selection Committee. Between them, Diane and Harold have six children and eleven grandchildren.




Diane Troderman

Diane Troderman is a well-respected leader in the Jewish world.

In addition to her passionate interest in Jewish education, she has worked on behalf of women's issues and the renaissance and renewal of Jewish life in the former Soviet Union. Diane was the founding chair of the Hadassah Brandeis Institute, where she continues to serve on the board. She also serves on the boards of Israel Sci-Tech; Hebrew Publics – A Hebrew Charter School Network; the Davidson Institute at JTS; the Washington Institute for Near East Policy; and Shalom Learning.

Diane is also the past chair of PEJE (Partnership for excellence in Jewish Education and JESNA (Jewish Educational Service of North America).

Locally, Diane served as past chair of both the Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts and the Hillel House at the University of Massachusetts. She was the founding chair of the Hatikvah Holocaust Education and Resource Center now located on the University of Massachusetts campus.

Diane, together with her husband Harold Grinspoon, has been instrumental in the growth of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, where she now serves as a trustee and participates in the PJ Library Book Selection Committee. Between them, Diane and Harold have six children and eleven grandchildren.

Rabbi Ethan Tucker



Rabbi Ethan Tucker is President and Rosh Yeshiva at Mechon Hadar and chair in Jewish Law. Ethan also directs Mechon Hadar’s Center for Jewish Law and Values. Previously, Ethan was a faculty member at the Drisha Institute for Jewish Education, where he taught Talmud and Halakhah in the Scholars' Circle. Ethan was ordained by the Chief Rabbinate of Israel and earned a doctorate in Talmud and Rabbinics from the Jewish Theological Seminary and a BA from Harvard College. He has been named multiple times to the Newsweek list of the top 50 rabbis in America. A Wexner Graduate Fellow, he was a co-founder of Kehilat Hadar and a winner of the first Grinspoon Foundation Social Entrepreneur Fellowship.



Rabbi Ethan Tucker

Rabbi Ethan Tucker is President and Rosh Yeshiva at Mechon Hadar and chair in Jewish Law. Ethan also directs Mechon Hadar’s Center for Jewish Law and Values. Previously, Ethan was a faculty member at the Drisha Institute for Jewish Education, where he taught Talmud and Halakhah in the Scholars' Circle. Ethan was ordained by the Chief Rabbinate of Israel and earned a doctorate in Talmud and Rabbinics from the Jewish Theological Seminary and a BA from Harvard College. He has been named multiple times to the Newsweek list of the top 50 rabbis in America. A Wexner Graduate Fellow, he was a co-founder of Kehilat Hadar and a winner of the first Grinspoon Foundation Social Entrepreneur Fellowship.