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Welcome to the Family, Mara Berde!

By Jodi Sperling October 13, 2021

Dear campers, parents, staff, alumni & friends,

After an unbelievable 2021 season, we’re excited to share that our year-round team is growing! We are thrilled to welcome Mara Berde as our new Director of Operations and HR, starting December 1, 2021.

Mara is joining us from Denver, where she’s been focused on operations and HR as the Deputy VP of Operations for the New Israel Fund (NIF). No stranger to Jewish camp, Mara recently spent five years as the associate director of JCC Maccabi Sports Camp in California, launching a brand-new overnight camp from scratch!

Originally from the Pacific Northwest, Mara grew up at Camp Solomon Schechter near Seattle, and worked for seven summers with Jodi at Camp Wise, in Ohio. Mara has been a counselor, lifeguard, waterfront director, ultimate frisbee specialist, unit head, Jewish program director, and associate director, but feels as if this role with Camp Kingswood was made for her. Combining her love of operations, color-coded spreadsheets, and technology with her passion for camp makes this new role with Kingswood a perfect fit!

Mara completed her undergraduate studies at Columbia University and the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS), and returned to JTS to earn her Master’s Degree in Experiential Education. She serves on the faculty for the Foundation for Jewish Camp’s Cornerstone Fellowship, a leadership seminar for camp counselors, and she is a volunteer with SheJumps, an organization committed to getting more diverse women and girls involved in outdoor recreation.

Mara will be working remotely from Denver and will be living at camp for the summers. Please join us  in welcoming Mara to the Kingswood family! She can be reached after December 1 at mara@campkingswood.org. 

Peace, love & camp,
Jodi and Mitch