Maine Jewish Museum Hires Executive Director

For Immediate Release

August 17, 2018


Rabbi Gary Berenson, Maine Jewish Museum

(207) 329-9854


Maine Jewish Museum Hires Executive Director

Gary Barron has three decades of experience in fundraising, marketing and community outreach

Portland, Maine (August 17, 2018) – Gary A. Barron, of Windham, has been named Executive Director of the Maine Jewish Museum. The mission of the Maine Jewish Museum is to honor the contributions and diversity of Maine’s Jewish immigrants in the context of the American experience. Through exhibits and programming, the Museum seeks to build bridges of appreciation and understanding with people of all backgrounds. Barron comes from Bowdoin Management in Plantation, Florida, where he was the Managing Director.

“On behalf of the Portland-based Maine Jewish Museum, Board, staff and volunteers, I am delighted to announce that Gary Barron has joined our leadership team as Executive Director,” said Steve Brinn, Museum President and Board Chair. “Gary comes with an extensive background in not-for-profits and development. We all look forward to having Gary lead the Museum into an exciting future as we continue building support around the State of Maine and the nation.


Over the past three decades, Barron has held various positions that focused greatly on fundraising, marketing and community outreach. Previously, Barron worked in the White House under Presidents Ford, Carter and Reagan. Additional leadership roles have included appointments by President Clinton to the Board of the US Holocaust Memorial Council, which oversees the governance and operations of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC. Additionally, he was appointed by President Clinton and confirmed by the U.S Senate to the Managing Board of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation. 

Barron’s executive experience has been deep and broad uniquely serving in senior appointed positions on both sides of the political aisle including four years as Director of the Freedom of Information Office of the National Security Council at the White House under both Henry Kissinger and Zbigniew Brzezinski. He also was appointed and served as Deputy Treasurer of the Democratic National Committee in Washington, DC., responsible for designing and overseeing major-donor activities of the national party.

Barron also served as National Political Outreach Director for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) in Washington, DC, where he was responsible for coordinating bipartisan outreach activities for the organization’s national membership and Board of Directors.

 “I am thrilled to join in the important work of the Maine Jewish Museum” said Barron. “It is heartwarming to see the look of discovery on the faces of all who come and see our exhibits and learn of Jewish heritage in Maine. I am excited to be working with our amazing staff, incredible volunteers and the Museum Board to build upon our exciting story of life in Maine.”

The Maine Jewish Museum relies on donations from individuals, corporations and foundations. For more information about the Maine Jewish Museum, visit (207) 329-9854.

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