Marc Swatez: CEO
Indianapolis, IN – Jewish community leader and educator Marc Swatez has been appointed CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis (JFGI). Swatez comes to Central Indiana from the Chicago area where he has had a broad range of Jewish philanthropic experience over the past two decades. He previously served as the longtime CEO of The ARK, a large, community-funded agency which provides medical, legal and social services for Chicagoland Jews in need.
During his professional career, Swatez has helped raise more than $100 million with a special emphasis on cultivating major donors and foundations. His arrival coincides with the culmination of JFGI’s successful 2021 Annual Campaign, which reached its goal of raising more than $4 million.
At JFGI, Swatez will lead a strategic plan to drive Jewish community collaboration and cultivation, and as security remains a prominent issue facing the Indianapolis Jewish community and Jews worldwide, he will build on JFGI's current efforts to strengthen community security preparedness.
Prior to his role at The ARK, Swatez was Executive Director for a congregation in Deerfield, IL. In addition to his leadership and fundraising experience, he has worked as a Jewish educator for the Jewish Community Federation of Richmond, VA. He currently teaches at Spertus Institute in Chicago where he is a faculty member in the Master of Arts in Jewish Professional Studies program.
The Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis is focused on philanthropy and community engagement throughout the region with a vibrant network of people, agencies, programs, and services that maintain and strengthen the Jewish community. JFGI is the connection to the entire Jewish community—in Indianapolis, in Israel, and around the world. On an annual basis, JFGI considers local community needs and global responsibilities and allocates funds accordingly.