Robert Barkin (2013-2015)
President, Arkos Group*
Robert Barkin served as interim executive vice president of the Jewish Reconstructionist Federation (JRF) from 2010-2012.
From 2006 until 2012, he was president of the JRF, after serving as a member of its Board of Directors since 1998.
Prior to becoming a member of the JRF Board of Directors, Robert was the president of Adat Shalom in Bethesda, MD.
Professionally, Robert is President of Arkos Group, a marketing communications firm, with a specialty in positioning financial services and nonprofit organizations.
Prior to moving to Washington, he was Manager of Benefit Communications for Knight-Ridder, Inc.
For 15 years, he was a journalist with a number of newspapers.
wife, Cathy (a journalist), live in Bethesda with their two daughters, Emily and Lena.
Robert is a graduate of the University of Michigan, Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism and the University of Miami School of Business.
After graduating from Smith College, Bert moved to Houston to teach sixth grade with Teach for America.
She then ran Summerbridge Houston (now Breakthrough Houston), an education nonprofit, for a year before moving to Austin to earn her JD and Master of Public Affairs at the University of Texas.
During school, Bert
interned at the International War Crimes Tribunal for Rwanda in Arusha, Tanzania.
likes watching and volunteering at figure skating competitions, all things chocolate, and living in Washington, DC.
participated in JUFJ's inaugural Jeremiah Fellowship cohort and now co-facilitates the program with Rabbi Richman.