Gateways Names Tamar Davis as CEO

Michelle S. Alkon, President, Gateways Board of Trustees

An Announcement from the Gateways Board of Trustees

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As President of the Gateways Board of Trustees, I am thrilled to announce that Tamar Davis has been named Gateways’ new Chief Executive Officer.

The CEO appointment is the culmination of a yearlong process during which we reached out to our many stakeholders and partners in the greater Boston Jewish community to establish clear attributes, qualities, qualifications and experience for the individual to succeed our retiring founding Executive Director, Arlene Remz. We looked for someone with a commitment to the mission of Gateways and to Jewish values. We required leadership and management skills, strategic planning abilities, finance and operations acumen, capacity to build partnerships with key constituents and stakeholders, ability to think creatively, and the passion to serve as the voice of Gateways. We sought a leader who will effectively chart Gateways’ path as we enter the next chapter in our evolution.

Tamar was described by her references as the “perfect person to lead Gateways” and many said that “Gateways’ CEO is the perfect role for Tamar.” It was the unanimous and enthusiastic sentiment of the Search Committee and the Board of Trustees that Tamar Davis be offered the role of CEO. Characterized as an extremely dedicated professional, Tamar is a strategic thinker and thought partner who works collaboratively with her colleagues to develop and implement results-oriented solutions.

Tamar comes to this position from her seat on our Board of Trustees. As a person born with a disability, and a parent of a child with a disability, Tamar is keenly aware of how Gateways is striving to meet the ever-growing need for multiple paths of access to Jewish education for the broad spectrum of learners in our diverse community. Professionally, Tamar has been the Chief Development Officer for the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of Greater Boston. She came to JCRC after 12 years at Hadassah, most recently as their National Director of Annual Giving. Tamar has a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Yeshiva University’s Syms School of Business. A proud stepmother and mother to five children, Tamar and her husband, Allan Galper, live in Brookline.

This change in leadership is a true flexion point for Gateways, as Arlene Remz retires as our first and only Executive Director. At Gateways’ founding she said, “With the formation of Gateways, Boston becomes the only community in the country that works on special education across all Jewish educational settings, including day schools, congregational schools, preschools and community schools.” Over the last 14 years, Arlene led Gateways from success to success in achieving that vision, strengthening our leadership position in the realm of inclusion in Jewish education and altering expectations across the community for welcoming people of all abilities. We are forever grateful to Arlene for her dedication, perseverance, imagination, and compassion in leading Gateways to this point in our organizational life.

Tamar has shared her excitement at joining Gateways. "I look forward to building on the vital foundation that founding Executive Director Arlene Remz implemented 14 years ago when she uniquely positioned Gateways to fill a need in the Jewish community – for children of all abilities to have access to Jewish education. My personal mission is based on creating a strong and inclusive Jewish community, and this can only happen when every child is fully included in Jewish life and Jewish learning."

Rabbi Marc Baker, President and CEO of Combined Jewish Philanthropies, notes that CJP has proudly partnered with Gateways since its inception. “Arlene Remz —and Gateways— have touched the lives of so many families in our community. She is leaving Gateways in extremely capable hands. Gateways’ new CEO, Tamar Davis, has devoted her career to Jewish communal relations and fundraising. At the same time, she has demonstrated a lifelong commitment to inclusion. Tamar will continue to ensure that Gateways will achieve its mission of giving access to Jewish education to every child.”

Please join us in welcoming Tamar Davis to her new role, which she will begin in August.


Search Committee Co-Chairs Lisa Hills and Barbara Schultz also contributed to this post.

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