Robin E. Harvey of Cincinnati was inducted as a member of the Board of Governors of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion on Monday, June 9, 2003 during services held in conjunction with the Board of Governors meeting, in the Petrie Synagogue on the New York campus of HUC-JIR. Burton Lehman, Chair of the Board of Governors and Rabbi David Ellenson, President of HUC-JIR inducted her. Harvey has also been appointed Chair of the Cincinnati Board of Overseers, succeeding Alvin Lipson who has served in the position since 2000. Harvey is the first woman to Chair the Board of Overseers in the history of the College-Institute.
“We are proud to welcome Robin as a member of HUC-JIR’s Board of Governors and especially excited to have her as Chair of the Cincinnati Board of Overseers,” stated Dean Kenneth E. Ehrlich. “Robin has proven herself to be an effective leader at many organizations throughout the city and we are confident that the future of the Reform movement is well placed in her hands.”
Harvey is a partner at Baker and Hostetler LLP and has extensive experience in labor relations and employment law, including litigation, counseling, collective bargaining, arbitration, and employment dispute resolution on behalf of employers. Harvey is Baker and Hostetler’s Litigation Group Coordinator in Cincinnati, as well as the Cincinnati representative to the Firmwide Political Action Committee. Prior to joining Baker and Hostetler LLP, Harvey was a partner and a member of the Firmwide Executive Committee of Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan and Aronoff. She also practiced in labor relations and employment law at Paxton & Seasongood from 1982 to 1988. Prior to this, Ms. Harvey served as resident counsel for the Hopi Indian Tribe in Oraibi, Arizona, and as a trial attorney with the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Washington, D.C.
Harvey is active in local, civic, and charitable organizations, and served as Chair of the Cincinnati Citizens Cable Communications Board. She is the Immediate Past-President of The Wellness Community Board of Trustees of Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky and former President of the Greater Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Chapter of the National Association of Women Business Owners. Harvey chairs the International Conference Center Subcommittee of Quest of Northern Kentucky, and is past Chair of the Women’s Advisory Committee of the Metropolitan Club.
The Board of Governors of the College-Institute is responsible for governing HUC-JIR’s four campuses in Cincinnati, Jerusalem, Los Angeles, and New York. Its 55 members, including Cincinnatians, Robert M. Blatt, Stanley M. Chesley, H. Jerome Lerner, Alvin Lipson, Manuel D. Mayerson, Theodore L. Schwartz, Jerome S. Teller, and honorary governor Charles H. Tobias, Jr. meet three times per year and its multiple committees cover nearly every aspect of activity at HUC-JIR.
The Cincinnati Board of Overseers consists of lay members of Reform Jewish communities throughout the Midwest and South who serve as representatives and advocates of HUC-JIR in their respective communities. The members of the Cincinnati Board of Overseers secure and contribute resources to perpetuate and strengthen the academic and cultural programs of the College-Institute in general, and the Cincinnati campus in particular.