Meet David Greenberg

When Charles Baum passed away, David Greenberg knew he wanted to do something special that would honor his mentor’s memory.

After all, it was Charles who first got him involved with The Associated’s Investment Committee and whose wise counsel and ongoing friendship helped guide him in that role.

“Charles was an intelligent thinker, who loved to acquire knowledge. He was always learning and he wanted others to continue to learn. What also made him so special was his unique way of making everyone feel important and at the same time, making you feel you were a close friend,” he says.

It was because of Charles’ commitment to learning, his lifelong dedication to the Jewish community and his 20 years of service to The Associated’s asset management program, that David felt it would be fitting to establish an annual symposium in his honor.

When asked to chair the inaugural event, David naturally said ‘yes.’

Funded by an endowment created in Charles’ memory to educate, inspire and mentor the future business leaders of the Baltimore community, the inaugural Charles Baum Symposium, will be held April 6 at The Suburban Club. It will feature legendary stock investor Mario Gabelli.

A native New Yorker, David grew up in a family in which Jewish tradition and giving back were central values. His mother’s family was from Israel, where David had his bar mitzvah. Over the years, he grew to understand the importance of giving back, watching his mother and grandmother volunteering for the Federation in New York. His grandmother was also president of Hadassah.

David first became involved with The Associated, sitting on the board of the JCC. In 2008, David was recruited to sit on the Investment Committee where he first met Charles who inspired him to do more. In 2012, when Charles stepped down as chair, David took over that role. He will finish his five-year term at the end of June.

Yet just because he’s stepping down, doesn’t mean he’s stepping away. Impressed with the extent of the good work of The Associated, and the number of people they help each year, David plans to continue his involvement.

“Chairing the Investment Committee often gave me the opportunity to talk to my counterparts in other cities. I was always hearing what a great community Baltimore is, how The Associated is the gold standard of Federations.”

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