Michael C. Gelman is a managing director of The Morningstar Foundation, a family foundation that makes grants in the United States and Israel. He most recently was chair of the executive committee of The Jewish Federations of North America. He was previously national treasurer of JFNA and has chaired its consulting committee and domestic affairs pillar. Michael and his wife, Susie, co-chaired JFNA’s 2003 and 2013 General Assemblies in Jerusalem.
A life member of the board of The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, Michael served three terms as its president, two terms as co-campaign chair, and one term as president of its endowment fund. Michael was also a member of the United States Holocaust Memorial Council from 1995 to 2004.
He was appointed by Maryland Gov. Parris Glendening to the University System of Maryland’s Board of Regents, serving from 1996 to 2000. He has also served on the board of the Jewish Agency for Israel.
Michael sits on the boards of several organizations, including the International Board of Governors of Hillel; the Washington Institute for Near East Policy; and Moment magazine. Gelman also chairs the board of GatherDC, an organization that works to connect young adult Jews to the Jewish community. He is co-owner of Mid- Atlantic Media, which publishes the Washington Jewish Week and the Baltimore Jewish Times, and serves on the board of the holding company for Congressional Bank. Michael was the founding partner of Gelman, Rosenberg & Freedman, an accounting firm in Bethesda, Maryland.
Michael and his wife reside in Chevy Chase, Maryland. They have three children and a grandson.