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Rachel Garbow Monroe


monroe-rachel-garbowWhen Rachel Garbow Monroe first joined the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation in 2005 as its first chief operating officer, the nonprofit only had a small staff. Through her work and 2010 promotion to president and CEO, the foundation has expanded to employ more than 60 staff members in offices in Baltimore and Honolulu.

She has championed several major foundation initiatives over her tenure. One is the $15 million Baltimore Elementary and Middle School Library project, which has built or renovated 16 libraries that serve close to 13 percent of all Baltimore City Public School students. Another project includes increasing accessibility for campers and staff with disabilities through a $12 million partnership with the Foundation for Jewish Camp.

Before coming to the foundation, Garbow Monroe served as chief operations officer for The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, director of marketing for the architectural firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and marketing manager for the Jewish Community Centers of Chicago.

What are your hopes for the state or community this year?

When I think about our collective hopes for the state of Maryland in the coming year, I can’t help but remember what Maya Angelou once wrote: “The challeng-ing days of my existence may or may not be bright and promising. Stormy or sunny days, glorious or lonely nights, I maintain an attitude of gratitude. If I insist on being pessimistic, there is always tomorrow. Today I am blessed.”

I hope now, almost a year into COVID-19, we are perhaps finally starting to step onto the long road to recovery with better days ahead.

This profile is part of The Daily Record's Power 100 list for 2021. Information used in this profile was sourced from the honoree. See the full list at or in our digital edition.