Mark Horowitz, a senior vice president for program and talent at JCC Association of North America, supports the working groups for the Sheva Center, Inclusion, Engaging Families, Mandel Center for Jewish Engagement, and Discover CATCH+. He spent most of his career in early childhood Jewish education, and he was the founding executive director of the Jewish Early Childhood Education Initiative (JECEI). For many years, Horowitz thrived as a teacher for two-year-olds. He was ordained as a cantor by Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, which also awarded him an honorary doctorate in sacred music, and he served synagogues in Connecticut and New York. Horowitz earned graduate degrees in sacred music, the philosophy of education, and early childhood education. He co-founded Yad B’Yad (Hand in Hand), a Buffalo, New York-based outreach and advocacy non-profit organization that promotes inclusion of people with disabilities. He received a special recognition award at the Van Cliburn Foundation’s 2002 International Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs in Fort Worth, Texas. Horowitz and his family are members of the JCC of Greater Buffalo.