Barry R. Swartz is the Vice President for Conexx. He also serves as Executive Director of American Israel Educational Institute, the charitable affiliate of Conexx.
Barry is a highly accomplished global Jewish Communal Service Executive who is recognized for transforming organizations and communities. He has traveled to and worked with over 160 Jewish communities across the North America, Israel and Europe. Known as an architect and thought leader, Barry is an expert in community building, strategic planning, crisis and relationship management.
As an internal and external change leader, he led a team to redesign several departments at United Jewish Communities, creating a seamless and integrated service delivery system. He has been sought out as an advisor to Federations and agencies to assist them in transforming their operations, including governance and strategic planning. Barry developed and launched a continental performance measurement and bench marking initiative for 45 federations, enabling communities to measure their own success over time and compare themselves to peers.
Understanding that fundraising is the fuel for communal engagement, Barry’s team spearheaded an interdisciplinary collaborative approach to relationship-based fund development which has been adopted by 20 communities. He has also designed and applied donor acquisition and retention strategies including data base analysis and market segmentation for annual campaign donors.
In 1989, he began his pioneering work in emergency preparedness and response following Hurricane Hugo. Mr. Swartz has spearheaded the continental initiative to plan for and respond to domestic emergencies including 9/11 and Katrina. He held a leadership role in NVOAD (National Voluntary Agencies Active in Disaster). As a fund developer, he has raised over $70 million for domestic and overseas disasters.
In the public policy and legislative arena, Mr. Swartz focused the work of the JFNA Washington Office on securing funding and providing consulting services to enhance discrete federation priorities which successfully secured and retained $11 billion in entitlement and publicly-funded social service programs. In addition, he conceived and carried out an initiative to safeguard new and existing charitable tax incentives that helps support the federation and national agency system.
One of greatest challenges to the non profit sector is the engagement of the next generation of donors and leaders. He piloted and tested next generation strategies and activities for high net worth and high potential leaders and donors.
Mr. Swartz developed and launched a continental performance measurement and bench marking initiative known as Federation Peer Yardstick. Over 45 federations have participated in this program.
He served on the UJC Executive Management Committee and is a graduate of the Mandel Executive Development Program.
Mr. Swartz is a graduate of the Benjamin S. Hornstein Program at Brandeis University with a M.A. in Jewish Communal Service and is also a graduate of York University, Downsview, Ontario, Canada with a B.A. with Honors, Sociology and Religious Studies. He is a native of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
His wife Judith is an elementary Hebrew and Judaic studies teacher at the Greenfield Hebrew Academy. His oldest daughter Shoshanah recently graduated from a special program at the NYU College of Nursing. His youngest daughter Rachel works for AIPAC in Washington, DC following two Congressional staff positions on Capitol Hill.