Presenter Bios

Funders Panel

Jeremy Grunin

President
Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation

Jeremy Grunin has more than 20 years of leadership experience in the private sector where he managed teams of 1000+ employees responsible for over half a billion dollars in revenue.  Since 2013, Jeremy has been actively engaged throughout the community as President of the Jay and Linda Grunin Foundation, a proactive grantmaker focused on economic growth at the Central Jersey Shore. Jeremy is a Partner of Grunin Holdings, LLC., a New Jersey Partnership specializing in the development and management of commercial real estate, as well as investing in third party commercial ventures. In addition, Jeremy is the host of Topic A talk radio show every Sunday morning on 92.7 WOBM from 7AM to 11AM.  Jeremy resides in Toms River with his wife, Laura, and three children, Joshua, Rebecca and Emma.

Marsha Atkind

Executive Director/CEO
The Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey

Marsha Atkind has served for the past ten years as Executive Director and CEO of The Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey, an independent foundation dedicated to improving the health and well-being of vulnerable, underserved populations in both Greater Newark and the Jewish community of MetroWest, NJ, elevating the quality of community healthcare, reducing disparities in access, and promoting the infusion of compassion and humanism into our healthcare system. 

Eddie LaPorte

Eddie Laporte, Director of the NJ Office of Faith Based and Community Initiatives

Currently, Eddie is the Executive Director of the NJ Office of Faith Based Initiative where he has been leading its efforts for the past 8 years. He is also an adjunct professor at Rutgers University where he teaches Social Entrepreneurship. He also teaches a graduate course at Kean University, Nonprofit Management. Eddie’s vision of moving the social sector into an entrepreneurial way of thinking is best highlighted by the changes in funding that are occurring in the NJOFBI since 2013. The NJOBI has supported and encourages the growth of social entrepreneurship, social innovation, and social ventures designed to create innovative approaches to address social and environmental issues.