Erica S. Frederick Appointed Vice President for Development

Monday, November 1, 1999

Erica S. Frederick has been appointed Vice President for Development at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion by Rabbi Sheldon Zimmerman, President. "Erica Frederick's expertise as a distinguished professional leader of academic and communal institutions will help guide our planning for the future, enabling us to build an enduring financial basis for our work," stated Rabbi Zimmerman. Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) is the academic and professional leadership development center of Reform Judaism. It trains rabbis, cantors, educational and communal professionals, and scholars at its centers of learning in Cincinnati, Jerusalem, Los Angeles and New York.

Ms. Frederick has served in leadership positions for nearly three decades in major New York-area academic and medical institutions and prominent urban affairs and political organizations. She has spearheaded efforts in all areas of development, including capital and annual campaigns, major gift solicitations, foundation, corporate and government grants, non-profit management and program development, media and press relations, government and community relations, conference and special event planning, and corporate communications and publications.

As Vice President for College Advancement at Baruch College (1996-1999), she launched the first-ever capital campaign, raising $53 million to date, created the professional identity program for all university recruitment, marketing and public information publications, developed an award-winning advertisement campaign, and organized special events including awards and donor cultivation dinners, business forums and alumni reunions.

At Adelphi University (1993-96), Ms. Frederick was responsible for the start-up operation for the development and alumni relations office for a university encompassing seven schools, strategic planning for the University Centennial and Second Century Capital Campaign ($100 million), board development and training, and development and alumni publications.

Ms. Frederick served as Executive Director of the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America's Greater New York Chapter (1988-1993), where she managed the largest chapter of a growing national health organization and was a key leader of the national team raising over $10 million for research and education through special events, membership drives and grass roots activities. She created and implemented patient education and support programs and professional symposia for health care providers.

She managed a clinic staff of 40 mental health professionals and supervised all financial planning and accountability as Executive Director of the Karen Horney Clinic (1984-1988), where she organized program development including an Early Childhood Center, Parent Services Consultation Program and Vietnam Veterans Program.

As Vice President for Public Affairs and Development at the New York Urban Coalition (1977-1984), Ms. Frederick held the overall responsibility for a $5 million annual campaign through corporate, foundation, and government solicitation and special events. She directed all media relations, speech-writing and development publications, created campaigns to combat housing discrimination and on behalf of home improvement, launched and coordinated a statewide substance abuse lobby, and pioneered a substance abuse resource center which offered statewide conferences, training seminars and other services.

Ms. Frederick served as Press Secretary and Executive Assistant to City Councilman Robert Steingut (1973-75). Her portfolio included the development of campaign literature, scheduling, research and initiation of legislation, liaison with other legislators and City agency representatives, and constituent relations.

Ms. Frederick received the Bachelor of Arts in English through her studies at Skidmore College (1964-67) and Dartmouth College (1967-68) and the Master of Public Administration from New York University (1979).


Founded in 1875, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion is North America's leading institution of higher Jewish education and the academic, spiritual, and professional leadership development center of Reform Judaism. HUC-JIR educates men and women for service to North American and world Jewry as rabbis, cantors, educators, and nonprofit management professionals, and offers graduate programs to scholars and clergy of all faiths. With centers of learning in Cincinnati, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, and New York, HUC-JIR's scholarly resources comprise the renowned Klau Library, The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, research institutes and centers, and academic publications. In partnership with the Union for Reform Judaism and the Central Conference of American Rabbis, HUC-JIR sustains the Reform Movement's congregations and professional and lay leaders. HUC-JIR's campuses invite the community to cultural and educational programs illuminating Jewish heritage and fostering interfaith and multiethnic understanding. www.huc.edu