To pin down Zack Garber’s involvement in the Baltimore Jewish community, and the greater Baltimore community, would be difficult. From his professional career as a financial advisor on the Garber Wealth Management team, to his time spent on various boards, task forces and volunteer organizations (not to mention a personal project or two), Zack’s day is filled with one goal – how to help others. Zack sat down with us earlier this month to give us a glimpse into his day-to-day, what inspires him and what advice he has for those looking to change the narrative.
Did you grow up in the area?
I did. I grew up in the Owings Mills area, went to Beth Tfiloh for elementary school and then went to McDonogh for middle and high school. After that I took a training program in London for four months before moving to New York and then ultimately earned my MBA at Penn.
Were you aware of The Associated while you were growing up?
My family has always been involved with The Associated. I remember my parents going to events, missions and meetings ever since I was a child. I have a vivid memory, when my mom served as president of Pearlstone. My little sister had her bat mitzvah there, so that was particularly memorable. When I moved back, I knew I wanted to get involved.
How are you involved with The Associated?
When I moved back to Baltimore, I reached out to The Associated and participated in their Young Leadership Council (YLC) program, among other things. Today, I serve on the board for IMPACT, The Associated’s Young Adult Division, as well as the general board.
How has IMPACT and YLC helped you?
For one, it’s a great way to get connected to The Associated and the Baltimore Jewish community. But it also gives you a big picture level of what The Associated is doing. In participating, you become an ambassador and truly understand the community. It’s also a great way to make friends and contacts. I still keep in touch with a lot of people from my YLC class.
I’m involved in a wide variety of volunteer organizations, locally and nationally, Jewish and non-Jewish. In addition to the work I do with The Associated, I frequently attend a volunteer organization that gathers like-minded individuals for high impact volunteer event and run my own networking group which highlights local Baltimore leaders. And I host a podcast!