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Erik Ludwig, M.A.

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Director, Zelikow School of Jewish Nonprofit Management

HUC-JIR/Los Angeles

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Erik Ludwig is Director of the Zelikow School of Jewish Nonprofit Management.

His executive experience spans the Jewish nonprofit field and has focused on developing Jewish startups and spearheading innovation within traditional institutions. As a researcher and practitioner, he brings to the College-Institute a broad range of expertise in the Jewish nonprofit ecosystem, philanthropy and fundraising, professional leadership development, and management and governance of Jewish organizations. Ludwig’s academic studies focus on education, culture, and society, examining how ethnicity and identity operate in K-12 educational settings. His current research project explores how the “ethic of care” is performed in Jewish Schools.

Ludwig comes to HUC-JIR from UpStart Bay Area, where he served as chief accelerator officer, responsible for providing some of the region’s most entrepreneurial Jewish leaders with organizational capacity-building and technical know-how aimed at making Jewish life accessible, relevant, and transformative. He began his career at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco, where he founded Club 18 as a teen program manager, and he has since held executive leadership positions within JCCs and Federation. 

Ludwig received his M.A. from Humboldt State University and his B.S. from University of Utah.