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JFGH Names Incoming CEO

Scot R. Marken Named Incoming CEO of the Jewish Foundation for Group Homes (JFGH)

Effective July 1, 2016, Marken to Lead Metropolitan Washington Organization Committed to Individuals with Disabilities

March 21, 2016


Rockville, MD – The Rockville-based Jewish Foundation for Group Homes today announced that Scot R. Marken will become its CEO effective July 1, 2016. Founded in 1982, JFGH supports over 200 individuals in more than 70 sites through JFGH’s non-sectarian residential, transitioning youth and social programs. JFGH conducted a national search led by Search Committee Chairs and Past Presidents, Leslie Kaplan and Dennis Speisman.  Scot will assume this role upon the retirement of Vivian G. Bass, JFGH’s longtime CEO.

“After I arrived in the Washington area in 2012, Vivian was one of the first colleagues who welcomed me to this community and she has been a trusted mentor and friend,” says Scot R. Marken, incoming CEO of the Jewish Foundation for Group Homes.  “It is an honor to continue the extraordinary work Vivian has been doing for the past 30 years. I welcome the great responsibility of building upon the organization’s success and its vision for the future.”

Scot has spent the past 23 years creating and building innovative organizations serving the nonprofit sector. He is joining JFGH from a post as CEO of Mental Health Association of Montgomery County, a nearly 60 year old nonprofit that promotes the importance of mental wellness in everyone’s life and provides support to those with mental health issues through direct service programs, community education, and advocacy. Each year, MHA provides assistance to more than 12,000 people in 19 locations.  Under Scot’s leadership the organization opened its first office outside of Montgomery County and received national recognition for several of its programs and services.

During the past ten years Scot has given more than 100 presentations related to philanthropy, charitable giving and nonprofit management at the local, regional, national and international levels and has been involved in more than 50 stories with media outlets including NBC4, WJLA, MSNBC.com, Newsweek, BBC Worldwide, CNN Newsmakers, Miami Herald, Sun-Sentinel, and others.  Scot currently serves on the board of Nonprofit Montgomery, an alliance of leaders of nonprofit organizations serving Montgomery County.  Prior to moving to the Washington, DC area in 2012, Scot spent eight years as the CEO of a philanthropy association serving foundations, corporate funders and local government in South Florida.   Scot is a graduate of Duke University.  He and his wife, Cheryl, live in Bethesda and are the parents of two teenage children.

“Scot’s experience at building a wide range of organizations gives him a unique perspective,” says Stefan Tucker, President of the Board of Directors of the Jewish Foundation for Group Homes. “Wherever he’s been, he demonstrated leadership and innovation that achieved success. We are fortunate to have him as incoming CEO.”

Over the previous twenty years as CEO, Vivian has led JFGH with the guiding principle that all human beings must be treated with value and respect. JFGH has become a model for over 25 communities nationally and abroad. Vivian will remain an active leader in the Jewish community, serving in a volunteer capacity as Chair of the Board of Trustees of Jewish Women International (JWI).

With regard to the transition, Tucker adds, “Vivian’s tremendous leadership for the past thirty years has been critical to JFGH’s success and has led to great innovations in the field of serving persons with developmental disabilities. We are confident that Scot’s abilities, experience and vision will help the organization go from strength to even greater strength.”


The Jewish Foundation for Group Homes is committed to providing individuals with developmental disabilities and/or chronic mental disorders with the opportunity to live independently within the community with dignity, personal choice, and respect while offering the opportunity to experience Jewish life and supporting others with the opportunity to practice their own faithwww.jfgh.org

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