Mark L. Goldstein

Mark Goldstein has served as Executive Director of the Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley since August 2002.


As the Federation’s chief executive officer, Mark oversees all activities performed by the Federation including the annual fundraising efforts, community organization and development activities such as community relations, human resource development, government relations, and community planning and allocations. Mark is also well known for his leadership of the Federation's overseas mission program.


From 1993 to 2002, Mark served as executive vice president and chief professional officer of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater (UJFT) serving the southeastern Virginia cities of Norfolk, Virginia Beach,Portsmouth, Chesapeake and Suffolk. Prior to moving to Virginia, Mark worked at the Jewish Federation of St. Louis for nearly 10 years, serving the Federation in a variety of capacities, including associate executive director, director of community planning and allocations and director of leadership development. Mark also worked professionally for the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles and was a regional program director for United Synagogue Youth.


Mark has lectured at Washington University’s Graduate School of Social Work on organizational dynamics and human service management. He is a former member of the United Jewish Communities Executive Committee and is a former chairman of intermediate communities, an association of 60+ like-size Jewish federations.


In 2009, Mark was awarded an honorary doctorate degree by Hebrew Union College for "his singular and effective leadership to Jewish Federations in Virginia, Missouri,California and Pennsylvania, and for his talents as a fundraiser which have guided federations to new heights of success." 


Mark holds a master in social work from the University of Southern California and a master of arts in Jewish communal service from Hebrew Union College. He is also a graduate of the University of Judaism, the west coast affiliate of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. 


Mark is a member of the national Committee on Planned Giving, the preeminent association for professionals in the charitable gift planning field. He is also a member of the National Association of Social Workers, Jewish Communal Service Association, Association of Jewish Community Organization Personnel and the Association of Fundraising Professionals. 


Mark has been awarded the Louis Kraft Award from the Jewish Communal Service Association, the Sherman Fellow from Brandies University and was selected for the Federation Executive Recruitment and Education Program (FEREP) scholarship by the Council of Jewish Federations. He is also the undefeated “king of kosher ribs” in Tidewater, securing first place at the juried Tidewater Kosher Rib Cook-Off Competition!


Mark resides in Allentown with his wife, Shari Spark, a Jewish educator; they are the proud parents of two children.


Mark can be reached at 610-821-5500 x 325 or