Vivian G. Bass has been committed for over 30 years to improving the quality of life, independence, community inclusion and dignity of individuals with disabilities throughout the Washington D.C. area, nationally and internationally.
She oversees JFGH’s 75 residential locations and two innovative programs for young adults and has mentored more than 25 communities on five continents wishing to emulate the JFGH model.
A Ruby Lion of Judah, Vivian’s distinctions include: Washingtonian of the Year, Jewish Women International’s (JWI) Women to Watch Award, Distinguished Service Award by JCRC of Greater Washington, Maryland’s Top 100 Women and Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School’s Lifetime of Service Award. Conference presentations include: The World Congress on Disabilities in conjunction with the Paralympics, The National Organization on Disability, National Association of Social Workers, Jewish Council for Public Affairs (JCPA), American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, International Lion of Judah and the General Assembly of JFNA.
Vivian is the vice chair of the board of JWI, a member of the board of JCPA and serves on the executive committee of Leadership Montgomery.