JTS Board of Trustees Elects Two New Members

The Board of Trustees of The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) has elected two new members, Marc Gary and Lynette Perlman Koppel.

“We are honored by the addition of these members to our Board of Trustees,” says Alan Levine, chair of the Board. “Each brings to JTS’s leadership deep insight, diverse experience, and commitment to its mission. We look forward to their contributions to the work of this distinguished team.”

Mr. Gary is executive vice chancellor and chief operating officer of JTS. He was a member of the Board from 2006 to 2012 before accepting his current professional position, and was reappointed to the Board in September 2015. Mr. Gary earned his BA with highest distinction (summa cum laude) from Northwestern University and his juris doctor degree at Georgetown University Law Center. He also studied at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Mr. Gary serves on the National Ramah Commission, the Leadership Conference for Conservative Judaism, and on the boards of MERCAZ, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, the Neuberger Berman Funds, and Counsel-on-Call. He has previously served as executive vice president and general counsel of Boston’s Fidelity Investments, executive vice president and general counsel at BellSouth Corporation in Atlanta, a partner and national litigation practice co-chair in the Washington DC office of Mayer Brown & Platt, and associate independent counsel in the US Office of the Independent Counsel.

Mrs. Koppel was elected to the JTS Board of Trustees in July 2015. She attended Duke University and received her BSM from Tulane University School of Business and her JD from the George Washington University School of Law with honors. Mrs. Koppel is a board member of the Institute of Southern Jewish Life, a member of UJA’s Women’s Executive Circle, and is also involved at Met Council on Jewish Poverty. Further, she is a distribution committee member of the Ben May Charitable Trust, which is focused on cancer research; has endowed a chair at the Weizmann Institute of Science; and supports the Ben May Department for Cancer Research at the University of Chicago. Mrs. Koppel began her legal career in the Tax Department of Laventhol & Horwath. She later worked at Sidley & Austin and Shearman & Sterling before retiring in 2005. She previously served on the board of inMotion (now Her Justice) for six years and has a long history of community involvement, serving in volunteer capacities at Dorot, Learning Leaders, KJ Food Pantry, and Jewish Home Lifecare.