Michael Gross has joined the Gordon Jewish Community Center staff in the newly created post of program director.
The new position is aimed at bringing additional leadership to outreach and engagement initiatives and programs for adults and families, said GJCC Executive Director Leslie Sax. With his enhanced knowledge of Gordon JCC programs, Gross will also be responsible for coordinating marketing efforts.
“My family has been continuously involved with the YMHA and JCC since 1916, and the center feels like home to me,” Gross said. “I’m honored to help breathe new life into Jewish programming and reach out to a broader audience. Taking this on lets Leslie focus on building a 21st century JCC and ensuring the J’s long term viability.”
Gross is originally from London, Ontario. He has been a part of the Nashville Jewish community since 2013, although the Nashville roots of his husband Randy Gross’s family go back four generations. He previously served as the chief program officer at Martha O’Bryan Center in Nashville, leadership roles at the Royal Bank of Scotland and the Metropolitan Housing Trust in London, the Office of Planning in Washington, and the Enterprise Foundation in Columbia, MD. Hel graduated from Ryerson University in Canada and received his master’s degree from the London School of Economics.
Gross joined the GJCC staff in early February and coordinated the recent community security forum. Sax said he is working with staff to plan summer programming at the GJCC, expanding the Jewish author series, and attending the PJ Library Conference this month.
“We are so excited to have Michael join the staff,” Sax said. “He brings expertise, enthusiasm and fresh energy to our JCC. We are looking forward to Michael strengthening our existing programs and bringing new ideas to life.” •